Solar Omega, an innovative new metal fabric from GKD, is specifically designed to help architects and designers incorporate solar management into a variety of building projects. Our engineering teams wove vertical flat wires with horizontal stainless steel wires to provide more efficient solar protection while increasing viewing area through the metal fabric. This distinct combination is what gives Solar Omega ultimate solar control and better energy reflection.
The intricate geometries and patterns of metal fabric were originally used for conveying, separation and filtration needs. It wasn’t until there was a paradigm shift to using “glazed” facades that the A&D community began to realize the potential of metal fabrics in architectural design. In early 2012, GKD began to research how to maximize sun shading properties to produce the most efficient solar management fabric. From this effort, Solar Omega was born.
GKD partnered with the American Institute of Architects Chesapeake Bay Chapter to hold a CEU at its award-winning headquarters. The event, titled "Weaving, Fabricating and Customizing Architectural Metal Fabrics," was the brainchild of local architect Charles Paul Goebel and brought 34 members from the chapter to Cambridge, MD for a day of learning and exploration.
GKD Metal Fabrics is proud to welcome Rod Whisner to its team. Whisner will serve as Director of Marketing for the architectural business unit. He will also head up Marketing and Sales support efforts for the industrial mesh and process belts business units, of which GKD is the undisputed leader in both categories.