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Iris Window Coverings Assists Port Of Portland Headquarters With LEED Status

Addition Of More Than 300 Window Shades Adds To Prestigious Sustainable Status, As Established By The U.S. Green Building Council

RENTON, WA (August 11, 2011) --- --- Iris Window Coverings, one of the largest window shade dealers in the Pacific Northwest (as well as one of the most prestigious in the nation) and now in its 28th year of business, is proud to announce its work in helping the Port of Portland’s (Oregon) new headquarters building at Portland International Airport achieve LEED(R) Platinum Certification with the additional of more than 300 sustainable window coverings.

Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Iris was called upon to assess the building's window covering needs, keeping sustainability issues top of mind, and recommended, then installed:

  • 130 Warema Motorized Interior Louvers
  • 33 MechoShade Systems Motorized Roller Shades
  • 154 MechoShade Systems Roller Shades

“The interior louvers are an attractive means to obstruct undesired sun and heat gain while allowing natural light into the building, while the roller shades are perfect for light-filtering that diffuses light, reduces glare and controls solar heat gain,” said Richard Benton, President of iris Window Coverings. “We're honored to be part of such a state-of-the-art project, and one that is a benchmark for green projects going forward.”

The 205,000-square-foot building incorporates many state-of-the-art green technologies, but perhaps the most innovative is the Living Machine® system, an on-site ecological wastewater treatment alternative that treats 100 percent of the building's wastewater for reuse in the building's toilets and cooling tower. Other sustainability features include daylighting, window glazing, water-efficient fixtures, and two green roofs.

This work is the latest in a long line of prominent structures Iris Window Coverings has provided window shading solutions to, which has included Microsoft headquarters (Redmond, WA), headquarters (Seattle, WA), The Gap headquarters (San Francisco, CA), Qwest Field (Seattle, WA), Seattle Seahawks headquarters (Redmond, WA), Seattle Opera House, University of Washington, and Seattle Aquarium, among many others.


Iris Window Coverings of Renton, WA, is one of the Pacific Northwest's largest window shade dealers, providing the largest selection of quality products, custom products, engineered solutions, installation and repairs, in addition to a host of sustainable solutions.

With offerings ranging from louver systems and roller shades, to draperies and shutters and everything in between, Iris Window Coverings can provide a myriad of interior or exterior window covering solutions, with the ability to motorize or automate most selections.

Iris Window Coverings, established in 1984, is proud to have provided window coverings across much of the United States, as well as in Canada.

Iris Window Coverings' main showroom and corporate offices are located at 505 South 4th Street in Renton. For more information, call (800) 533-IRIS (4747) or (425) 793-9398, or visit