Solar Shading Systems: Delivering distinctive architectural impact and cutting energy use

When we sit inside a building, we all recognise the benefits of natural daylight entering through the window. We respond better when we can have a view to the outside and work better under controlled natural daylight conditions. Furthermore Architects naturally like to create buildings that evoke interest and admiration. Accordingly there are examples of buildings with large areas of glazing that can be seen nearly everywhere.

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Features and benefits of Solar Shading Systems

  • Optimum performance by reducing solar heat gains whilst maintaining acceptable levels of natural daylight
  • Reduction of cooling loads in summer
  • Reduction of heating requirements in winter
  • Potential for striking aesthetic impact
  • Potential to integrate photovoltaic cells

However with the drive towards reducing energy consumption, a key objective for most building designers is to maximise the use of natural light without the problems of glare or excessive solar heat gain.

Careful selection of the most appropriate solar shading system is necessary in order to achieve the necessary functional performance and to meet the aesthetic requirements of the building.

Colt offers systems which consist of fixed brise soleil or controllable louvres, in vertical or horizontal configurations, made of aluminium, textile or glass fins, as well as many other types of systems.

Solar shading design considerations

What are the considerations when designing a solar shading system?

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