Solar Control/Sun Shading

Art of Shading

The Eclipse Collection is Parasoleil’s newest addition to its line of engineered patterned panels. It features both shade and screen structures that include the frame and hardware system where the panels are connected. The ready-to-install panels are designed to filter light and frame space, infusing life into projects through perfect integration of shade, screening, railing and cladding. “The intent behind the design is to create a natural experience,” said Uriah Bueller, sculptor and Parasoleil’s CEO. “Think of the feeling of sitting under a 50-year-old shade tree and imagine the unique way its branches and leaves filter light. Our goal with this collection is

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Solar PV Options

Pvilion’s single-pole, 16-ft. × 16-ft. Solar Sail is a lightweight, but durable PVC-coated polyester fabric structure that delivers 800W. The 13-ft. × 15-ft. double-pole option delivers 500W, but provides greater shading.

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Renton Highlands Library, Renton, Wash.

Motorized Blinds Balance Daylighting for Washington Library

Mitigating glare and solar heat gain while promoting daylighting at the Renton High-lands Library in the Washington state-based King County Library System, Draper’s exterior motorized venetian blinds by Warema provided an aesthetic solution. The blinds can be retracted out of sight when not needed, and the louvers can be angled to provide direct light control depending on the height of the sun.

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A Perfect Combination

In renovating approximately 50,000 sq. ft., and adding an additional 50,000 sq. ft. at the Forsyth County Central Library in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C. ratio Architects specified Guardian SunGuard SNX 62/27 and SunGuard SNX 51/23 coated glass.“Guardian SunGuard coated glass provided the right performance to meet the energy performance goals for this project, while providing abundant visible light tempered with solar-heat management,” explains ratio Principal Kevin Huse, aia. “The glass team worked with ratio to combine SunGuard with acid etched glass in some insulated glass units, 40% white dot frit on other IGUs and clear IGU coated glass, these three looks allowed us to

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Solar Heat Reduced

Achieving the highest solar reflectance rating in the shade fabric industry, M Screen Chroma solar shade fabric features a reflective aluminum backing to minimize solar heat gain. This proprietary coating creates a hydrophobic finish that allows the material to be used in humid environments.

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Edison Eastlake Apartments, Phoenix, Az.

Beating the Heat

On top of that, the neighborhood has lower vehicle ownership than other areas of Phoenix, so residents rely on walking, biking or taking public transportation and are out in the heat for extended durations.As part of the plan to incorporate 1,161 units of mixed-income housing (including a one-for-one replacement of existing public housing units) Mithun developed new housing prototypes that maximize shade and ventilation and incorporate cool building materials to mitigate extreme heat. Now in the first phase of implementation (an affordable apartment building), the project’s housing design strategies include courtyard housing to maximize shade, single-loaded apartments with open breezew

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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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