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MicroLouvre for Architectural Glazing

MicroLouvre Koolshade® can provide a new and exciting dimension to high-performance glass aesthetics, designed to maximise both appearance and function.

Why MicroLouvre Koolshade®?

An exceptional range of sustainable green credentials and fire protection

Made in Britain - Delivered Globally

Our fabrics are all made in the UK to reduce shipping emissions.

100% recyclable

MicroLouvre Koolshade® metal fabrics and frames are 100% recyclable and are proven to last over 60 years.

90% recycled

The metal fabrics are made from over 90% recycled scrap copper.

68% HVAC savings

Air conditioning usage can be reduced by more than 68% and equipment halved - When used as Solar Shading.

Architectural Glazing using our MicroLouvre Koolshade® is efficient and effective.

MicroLouvre Koolshade® metal fabric can be laminated with any combination of glass to form a completely unique architectural glazing and solar control glazing, providing a new and exciting dimension to high performance glass aesthetics, designed to maximise both appearance and function.?

The MicroLouvre Koolshade® interlayer can be natural bronze or painted any colour and can be full colour printed to present any image, logo or message. MicroLouvre Koolshade® can be tensioned intra glass panels to form a unobtrusive extra mid-pane barrier which provides the wide range of performance benefits for solar control, glare control, perfect outward vision and daylighting whilst providing a sleek and uniform building exterior for onlookers.

MicroLouvre Koolshade® Lamination

Lamination is where the layers of glass and MicroLouvre Koolshade® are fully bonded together with EVA or PVB under pressure and heat, to create one single, completely sealed and autonomous unit, suitable for use in a wide range of applications and climatic conditions.

Because it is the thinnest louvre system, it is easily laminated into glass using either a PVB or EVA bonding system to create one single enhanced glass sheet which can then be incorporated in to any glazing combination.

MicroLouvre Koolshade® Lamination combines all of the advantages of the MicroLouvre Koolshade® metal fabric into a comprehensive high performance glazing system with amazing aesthetic effects.

MicroLouvre Koolshade® IGU

IGU is where the MicroLouvre Koolshade® interlayer is incorporated under tension in the air gap between the glass.

In triple IGUs MicroLouvre Koolshade® would normally be installed between the outer panels of glass for optimum effect.

As the MicroLouvre Koolshade® is not bonded but maintains an air gap the IGUs retain the original visual and directional performance characteristics of the micro louvres.

MicroLouvre Koolshade® Encapsulation

Encapsulation is where the the MicroLouvre Koolshade® interlayer is simply and easily ‘sandwiched’ snugly between but not bonded to, the glass thereby retaining the original visual and directional angular performance characteristics of the micro louvres.

By incorporating MicroLouvre Koolshade® metal fabric, intra pane, into the IGU, solar heat gain performance is improved by nearly 100% in standard clear double glazing.

Even with Low E Glazing, solar heat gain can be improved by up to 80% whilst maintaining all of the other benefits of MicroLouvre® metal fabric.

Impressive metrics

The ultra-thin, lightweight miniature louvre system adds only adds 1.55mm (0.061”) thickness and only 1.1 kg (2.43 lb) per square metre, yet there are 17-18 paper thin louvres in every 25mm (1”) and the MicroLouvre Koolshade® interlayer can be used with the micro louvres horizontal, vertical or at any angle.

The MicroLouvre Koolshade® metal fabric interlayer can be used in:

  • Standard Linear Uplighter
  • Ultra-thin Uplighter
  • Flood Lights
  • Downlighters / Display
  • Spotlight
  • Walkway

Improves glazing performance

Perfect outward vision

Impressive solar control heat block

Printed any colour, logo or image

Anti-glare functionality

Sleek and uniform external appearance

How it works

How does MicroLouvre Koolshade® work?

MicroLouvre Koolshade® invisibly neutralises solar heat gain and glare before they even reach the window. MicroLouvre Koolshade® uniquely works non-stop providing dynamic g-value (heat blocking) performance to continually dissipate the sun’s heat and energy into the atmosphere but not blocking vision out, natural daylight or natural ventilation; solar shading using our products is efficient and effective.

Certified in efficiency and efficacy

Building Research Establishment (BRE) wind tunnel tested MicroLouvre Koolshade® screens from different angles and proved it to be indestructible at winds exceeding 100mph/160 kph/46 metres per second.

The Berkeley Lab included MicroLouvre Koolshade® in a major research project for PG&E. With MicroLouvre Koolshade®, daily cooling loads were reduced by 68% on sunny days when compared with dual pane, high performance solar control glass with an internal blind.

The IFC Group have confirmed MicroLouvre Koolshade® to be A1/A2-s1,d0 : BS EN 13501 Fire Rating, making it one of very few passive and dynamic external sun and solar heat gain blocking systems compliant for use on high rise buildings.

When tested at Fraunhofer, results confirmed MicroLouvre® as the most comprehensive solution for Thermal and Visual Comfort in one system.

Smartlouvre Technology Limited is an ISO: 9001 2015 Accredited Quality Management company.

MicroLouvre Koolshade® has been extensively modelled using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in SimScale.

Test certifications

Download and read all our credentials and certifications from our resource centre.

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