Solar Control/Sun Shading

Made In The Shade

SolarTrac 4.0 merges predictive algorithms with real-time weather conditions. The software incorporates the sun’s precise position based on date, time, building GPS location and glass façade orientation—and calculates shadows and reflections from surrounding buildings—to automatically raise or lower window shades accordingly.

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Torah Academy, Metairie, LA.

On the Shelf

At the Torah Academy in Metairie, La., Kawneer’s InLighten Light Shelf reflects sunlight deep into the floor plate. Available as a translucent polycarbonate or opaque aluminum composite panel, the light shelf is compatible with curtainwalls and storefront framing.

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The Susan E. Brackett Dance Center, Oklahoma City Ballet Company  and Dance School  Oklahoma City

Dancing in the Light

Architectural elegance meets engineered precision at Oklahoma City Ballet’s new rehearsal space and dance school. Beautiful natural light takes center stage in the half-cylinder-shaped space, which was recently converted from an award-winning fitness center into The Susan E. Brackett Dance Center.To filter light and create a privacy barrier for dancers, automated shades were needed to create a unique shading solution inside the 26,685-sq.-ft. building.

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Translucent Solution

In seeking to hide its unattractive concrete cladding at the Spoke Apartment Complex parking garage in Chicago’s River West, and enabling it to blend in to the attached residential tower covered in glass and brick, Fitzgerald Assocs. Architects specified 17,430 sq. ft. of Kingspan Light + Air | CPI Daylighting’s Pentaglas cladding. The green matte glazing is not only attractive, but it facilitates the movement of daylight and natural air in and out of the garage, and helped put the mixed-use development on track to earn LEED Silver certification.

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Flex Your Façade

Frontside View 381 from Serge Ferrari—as shown here on the FBI regional headquarters car park in San Diego—allows for bio-climatic façades to be re-invented. The mesh membrane can re-invent façades in any color or transparency for new construction, renovation or reuse applications. The open mesh membrane comes in several colors and transparencies to create custom designed façades that help to balance solar heat gain with shading and natural ventilation.

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Take Cover

En-Fold is a pre-engineered, stadium-grade, automated retractable awning system. It can safely remain fully deployed in winds up to 90 mph and is available in a variety of configurations and sizes to fit any space. Manufactured by Uni-Systems, En-Fold offers more than 1,500 sq. ft. of covered outdoor space at the rooftop level at the push of a button, to create an outdoor room sheltered from strong sun, winds and other inclement conditions. 

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Eco-Conscious

A line of woven sun control shading fabrics for interior roller shade applications, SheerWeave’s 4000/4100/4400 styles use DOW’s unique ECOLIBRIUM bio-based plasticizer. The options combine the durability of vinyl-coated polyester with the latest in green PVC technology. ECOLIBRIUM is a renewable alternative to traditional plasticizers that lowers greenhouse gas emissions as much as 40% vs. existing PVC compounds. It is also phthalate-free, lead-free, RoHS compliant, and can also be used in exterior shading systems. A companion calculator tool allows designers to estimate petroleum savings and greenhouse gas avoidance based on the quantity of plasticizers used. Judge’s

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Tight Tolerances

Keeping solar-control fabric under tension in top-down, bottom-up, sideways and skylight applications, the TZ100 Zipper Tension System aligns the shade precisely within an opening, eliminating light gaps at any angle, in any direction thereby providing complete light control. When used for exterior applications, the taut shades keep out objects or insects, and is capable of withstanding relatively high-wind loads when used in exterior applications. Judge’s Comment: “This is a nice tension system shade. The smaller gaps on all sides are a real benefit.”

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Heat Grain No More

The cassette-style FlexShade ZIP XL is delivered as a complete, enclosed unit, making installation easier. And its small profile incorporates an integrated cradle support system that minimizes the deflection that can cause wrinkles to develop in fabric shades over time. This exterior system prevents glare and heat gain from entering interior spaces.Judge’s Comment: “Excellent application for glazing that doesn’t have overhangs or louvers.”

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Sawtooth Shading

The 55-story 181 Fremont high-rise features a distinct sawtooth patterned façade which dictates that window mullions in the curtainwall angle slightly in against one another, essentially functioning as a shading device. Vitro’s triple-silver-coated Solarban 70XL glass blocks 70% of the sun’s heat energy while enabling 65% of the ambient daylight to pass through.

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