Helping architects to create environments which optimise comfort and productivity, Construction Specialties (C/S) has launched Solarmotion Controllable Sunshades. The shading system is able to track the sun, reducing heat gain within a building by up to 85% and integrates with the building envelope to create a dynamic façade.
Raising the bar on building performance and aesthetics, the motorised solar shading system can react to the weather, moving throughout the day on all elevations to control the amount of light and solar energy entering the building. In addition to managing daylight for building occupants, Solarmotion diminishes the need for air conditioning and electrical lighting, making it the most effective method of controlling solar heat gain and reducing energy waste.
Suitable for both new build and refurbishment projects, Solarmotion can assist with the compliance of the Building Regulations Part L2 (2002) and help architects to gain significant LEED and/or BREEAM credits.
Andy Moul, Solarmotion Product Manager at C/S, said: “Unmanaged solar energy is one of the biggest environmental impacts on a building, which is why an increasing number of clients are looking to construct or renovate buildings to be more energy efficient.
“With Solarmotion, designers don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for energy performance. We can work with architects to create a completely customised façade, from an infinite range of blade options including aluminium Airfoil, perforated aluminium, wood, and many other materials. With our LED lighting option, buildings can really make a dramatic design statement.”
Solarmotion is an integral design feature which incorporates a mullion to provide distance between the building and the sunshade, allowing for maintenance and building movement. The blades come in sizes from 15cm up to whatever the particular design calls for, and can be orientated vertically or horizontally and mounted either flush to the building or extended off the fascia.
Andy continued: “Our extensive research* shows that natural daylight plays an important role in influencing productivity and mood for building occupants, and is therefore critical in design. A fixed shading solution will only provide shade some of the day, where a motorised system will provide shading 100% of the time.”
C/S’ variety of actuating systems allows designers to create unique effects by controlling different buildings and zones independent of each other. Designers can select from simple blade positioning, time of day controls and more sophisticated systems that work with the building management system to create an environment suitable to the user’s needs. In turn, it also enables greater design freedom, with an increased flexibility to use more glass throughout the building, without causing user discomfort.
Numerous studies show that buildings with daylight management systems that allow the harvesting of natural daylight increase worker productivity, lower absenteeism and improve health and performance of office workers.
*Research conducted in the United States by Berkeley Laboratory, ES-SO and UCSD studies on sunshade devices.