Automation - Benefits Maximised

22 Apr 2013

Increasingly we are asked to provide advice on reducing solar gain to commercial and public buildings. Solar shading can be an extremely effective way of reducing the heat build-up in buildings, controlling heat loss in the winter as well as controlling glare. With energy prices continuing to rise it is both commercially as well as environmentally sensible to consider passive forms of controlling a building's internal environment.

Correctly specified, installed and operated solar shading can have a significant impact on energy costs by reducing cooling, heating and lighting demands in a building. External solutions are typically the most effective as these stop the heat before it hits the glazing but internal blinds can also offer very good results.

However, to maximise the benefit the solar shading needs to be automated. No matter what the specification of the glazing in the building it is a static element and yet the weather is dynamic, constantly changing, and by automating the solar shading you can ensure that it is always providing the maximum benefit. Automation can be achieved by linking to building management systems (BMS) or environmental sensors and once a blind is motorised virtually any control option is possible.

Contact Dearnleys specification experts to find out more.

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