Solar Control/Sun Shading

Shady Situation

When architects with SmithGroup’s Phoenix office began planning the entry for the new Eloy City Hall in Eloy, Ariz., Corten metal was their first choice for the shade-providing canopy. When that material proved too costly, they turned to perforated 0.05-gauge aluminum PAC-CLAD 7.2 panels in an Aged Copper finish. The panels are installed on the underside of the canopy structure, with LEDs installed above. The lighting creates added visual interest once the sun goes down, and clearly identifies the entrance for residents.

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Bordeaux Villa Adds to Outdoor Living

New villa provides ultimate comfort for residents, both indoors and outdoors with sun protection. In sunny Bordeaux, France, life moves effortlessly between indoor and outdoor spaces. However idyllic this sounds, it does pose one great risk: interiors can often get too hot, too soon. Residents discovered after three months in their new home, given the orientation of the house, sun protection was absolutely essential. Even despite the fact the living room faces directly south, suitable sun protection keeps the interior cooler even on the hottest summer days. Thanks to the pergola in the garden, the homeowners can choose all year round whether to spend time indoors or outdoors, depending on wh

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Shimmering Relief

In Amsterdam, nearly 7000 polished aluminum “leaves” turned a renovated office building into a piece of functional art for workers and the community. Formerly empty, the building was transformed by Benthem Crouwel Architects into distinctive, energy-positive offices for the Dutch Charity Lotteries: Goede Doelen Loterijen.A major goal was to gather the company’s approximately 600 employees—formerly at different branches—into a single location. The new offices also needed to be highly sustainable and communicate the company’s social activities. In addition to offices, the building includes a public restaurant, an auditorium and a TV studio.Saartje van der Ma

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Pop-up PV

With no foundation required, the SolarZone charging and shade structure allows for power virtually anywhere. Completely prefabricated, its capacity allows for lights to be on for 8 hours; or four hours of wireless phone charging per day; or eight hours of computer charging per day. It comes with four wireless charging outlets, four 110V outlets, and LED lighting. Total wattage: 1,800W; Nominal battery capacity: 4,800 Wh (24V, 200Ah); Allowable depth of discharge: 50%; Maximum continuous load ( at 77°F): 700W (exclusive of lights). MSRP: $17,500 for base unit with local Bluetooth data monitoring; $250 for bench (0-4 benches per unit).

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Wooden Insulating Glass

Creating a warm aesthetic and comfortable atmosphere, OKAWOOD Insulating Glass with a Wooden Grid encapsulates natural wood grilles between the panes of glass which provide solar protection for the interior and preserve the natural raw material and its inherent color tones.

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Floor-to-Ceiling Inspiration in Seattle

Located in Seattle’s thriving and diverse South Lake Union neighborhood, 9th and Thomas provides a welcoming presence for the growing population of downtown Seattle and serves as a model for sustainable building design.The 12-story, 230,000-sq.-ft. office-retail complex, certified as LEED Gold, features an ultra-low-energy HVAC design, chilled beams that heat and cool with minimal airflow, a heat-recovery chiller that “pumps” heat from hot to cold spaces, and a dedicated outdoor air system that provides increased fresh air ventilation to all spaces. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the building also includes 12,000 sq. ft. of flexible, interconnected retail sp

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Child-Safe Drapes

Offering the benefits of bead chain operation in a child-safe design, Draper’s FlexShade Twin Pull is designed with pull wands on both sides of the clutch which eliminates the continuous loop present in mini blinds and roman shades, and the choking hazard associated with it. The shades are easy to operate and do not require adjusting.

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Niche Cocktail Bar Protected with Canopy System

New York City’s R17 cocktail bar, located on the building’s rooftop, offers patrons an elegant, locally-oriented hangout with dramatic views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Pier 17 is a massive 300,000-sq.-ft. building at the waterfront along the East River. Encompassing retail, entertainment, architectural features and seasonal attractions, the area is intended to further the transformation of the Seaport district into a true destination. To ensure its all-weather use, modular construction firm, Nussli, sourced, selected and installed a retractable canopy.

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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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