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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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.
What are the considerations when designing a solar shading system?