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How To Reduce Solar Gain In Buildings

Solar gain has multiple pros but also some cons. Buildings may be designed to increase solar gain, saving on fuel energy to heat homes and commercial spaces. Yet, even in these cases, solar gain can cause problems and needs to be reduced.

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What Are The Different Types Of Solar Shading Systems

There is something beautiful about a room flooded with sunshine. Especially in the mornings when it has gently warmed the space and the light is still relatively soft. However, by midday, the strength of the sun has usually caused the room to become uncomfortably hot and the light is creating glare.

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A brand new UK building regulation is here

Coming into effect from 15th June 2022, Approved Document Part O deals with the growing issue of buildings being designed and constructed without due consideration to the building’s potential overheating internal temperature, during our warmest months.

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Why windows need MicroLouvre®?

External shading is by far the best and, can be, the simplest solution. Why? By stopping the heat gain from hitting the window in the first place. But to work properly it must be in place, covering the whole window all the time. Your cycle helmet is useless if you have it hanging down the back of your neck, isn’t it? In fact, it’s even more dangerous.

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The foundations of a healthy building

Green buildings must also be healthy with more natural ventilation to improve interior air quality; more daylighting to boost productivity, and more occupiable space to increase rentals – now you’re talking. The trick is to prioritize the environment and the occupants equally.

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Which Solar Shading product ticks the most sustainability boxes?

We manufacture a product designed to prevent building overheating for the construction industry that we’re proud to say has always been sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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The hate, hate relationship between MicroLouvre® and Fire

Bushfires in Australia and Wildfires in the United States are two sides of the same coin – both causing massive environmental and property damage, disruption, and loss of human and animal life

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Solar Control - what are the benefits?

Windows are fundamental to a building’s structure and the more of them we have, the more natural light we can benefit from to illuminate the space. Making the most of natural light is vital for a healthy living or work environment but there are potential problems caused by them too, including excessive glare, energy costs, and solar gain.

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Solar Gain - what is solar gain in buildings?

Solar gain can be used to increase the thermal energy and temperature in a building, such as offices or public buildings, heating the space in cooler climates. But in warmer climates, solar gain can be problematic and can cause discomfort for occupants.

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Overheating in residential buildings

All Residential Buildings can suffer from overheating. Even the new environmental movement for Passive (Passiv) house design tends to focus mainly on heat-retention, totally understandable for winter months, without then considering the massive problem of overheating experienced between April – September in the UK. It’s a tricky one.

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The blindingly obvious in Approved Document O

The goals of the new regulation are to stop occupants cooking, to stop us simply cranking up the air-con as the planet heats up, and to stop us burning up the energy with fans and air conditioning which draw us further away from net zero.

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How does Solar gain affect buildings, YOU, and the planet?

Do we even realize that we actually make our homes, offices and even hospitals chronically overheat and then just put up with it? It’s no different from not bothering to insulate your home in the winter and leaving the windows open and just cranking up the heating!

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The hottest region on the planet

Everybody is talking about reaching net-zero by 2050, right? Well, the reality is that by this rate, temperatures in the hottest region of the planet are anticipated to rise more than twice as quickly as the worldwide average by 2030.

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Colorado Wildfire: Winter tragedy

Nearly 1000 homes were destroyed in this catastrophic event, possibly the most terrifying in Colorado’s history. The wildfire impacted multiple neighbourhoods spread by winds blowing lethal, burning embers, causing town even more destruction and people missing from their damaged houses.

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Plot twist: We have been surviving on a toxic light

Unfortunately, when it’s supposed to be dark, there are many aspects of life on our planet that are harmed by us humans! The fact is, artificial light, the very element enabling us to live our lives at night, is actually also very damaging and insidiously toxic to our environment as well.

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Is your glazing killing birds?

Every day we see images of spectacular new buildings with huge areas of glazing, getting bigger and bigger as building designs advance, yet in the UK alone well over a hundred million birds die from glass strikes every year.

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The debate around the race to Net-Zero

Fast forward 29 years, and on the news one morning, it is announced that the world achieved its target and has reached Net-Zero. Of course, this is more of an optimistic picture than what is being publicly discussed in 2021

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The building fires nobody expects

A significant percentage of fires started simply from sun radiation burning through unprotected windows

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Q&A with the Founder and Managing Director

This month we sat down with the Founder and Managing Director of Smartlouvre Technology Ltd, Andrew Cooper

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Improving occupant comfort, saftey and air quality

The uptake and support of building certifications and accreditations that consider the wellbeing of occupants have been growing in consideration

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Reducing energy consumption in a post covid world

Facilities Managers the world over have been under constant pressure during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic to date

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When hospital buildings aren't healthy

Can anyone really argue with the volume of research and data that proves that the global warming effects are being caused by humans?

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Weaving your narrative - by the Lighting Journal

Having to compromise on your lighting unit choice will always pain any self-respecting lighting designer

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Creative spacecraft since the 1970's

The malleability of Microlouvre™ fabric makes it suitable and adaptable to a multitude of design ideas and purposes.

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Legacy louvre product restored for the modern world

New products generally mean new technology. Imagine then that an invention of the 1940’s could be the best choice.

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Good Homes Alliance
SimsScale
IFC
ShadeIT
Materio
Build Uk
BSI
Berkeley Lab
BBSA
BRE
Good Homes Alliance
SimsScale
IFC
ShadeIT
Materio
Build Uk
BSI
Berkeley Lab
BBSA
BRE