Which Solar Shading product ticks the most sustainability boxes?

In this day and age, designers are looking to do more than deliver beautiful buildings. They are targeted and judged upon the performance of their buildings more than anything else. In fact, they’re obliged to tick multiple boxes because today’s buildings absolutely have to be sustainable, green, net zero, carbon neutral whatever term you wish to use; a building has to be considerate to the environment, both in its construction and in use, otherwise it’s frowned upon.

Buildings must now have as an absolute minimum

Sustainable design with a proper balance of aesthetics, accessibility, cost-effectiveness,  

Energy efficient design and performance

Reduced greenhouse gas emissions

Optimal lighting and acoustics

Thermal and visual comfort

Superior indoor air quality, based on the specific requirements of the space

Safety, and security

And there are so many more highly desirable environmental elements that tick boxes too eg. Stopping night sky light pollution

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. Our woven fabric is made from over 90% scrap copper. Everyone’s heard of copper, but do you know where it comes from? You might think it always comes from mining, but as long as you’re sourcing it in a sensible and responsible way (like us), it’s probably the most all-round sustainable material there is to use in construction and even more so, to shade your buildings.  

Did you know that 65% of most external shading fabrics end up in specialist landfill site after relatively short typical life-spans of only 0-15 years? Our product not only has a very long-life span (over 65 years and counting) even at the end of its life it’s 100% recyclable.

Strong and durable

Copper/bronze alloys are naturally corrosion resistant, when specially coated with top tested architectural finishes durability is ensured  

No maintenance

The coated copper fabric only requires simple pressure washing. There is no maintenance required. It is particularly suited for areas that are difficult or dangerous to access after installation. If you can clean the glazing, you can clean the MicroLouvre® fabric

Lightweight

Extremely light so it can provide savings in supporting structure and materials costs and with its angular selective micro louvres enabling an open area of 80% there is negligible wind resistance or wind loading on the building. You may not think it for the such a lightweight product but it has successfully been tested to withstand hurricane force winds.

Naturally antimicrobial

Copper products are now being incorporated into public facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes because of its health benefits, much publicised following the outbreak of Covid 19.

High thermal absorption and conductivity

It absorbs heat quickly and dissipates and vents heat naturally to the outside

Other superpowers

Copper absorbs radio and magnetic waves so useful for shielding. It also has high electrical conductivity, is ductile, malleable, and solders easily.  

In summary, copper is one of the most sustainable materials available. Its durability offers long service with little maintenance. Its high electrical and thermal energy efficiencies reduce the waste of electrical energy. Its antimicrobial properties destroy pathogenic microorganisms that cause disease. And its high scrap value and ability to be continuously recycled without any loss in performance ensure its responsible management as a valuable resource.

And all this before we add the element of design, engineering and physics to the product we create using this ‘superpower’ material. Our woven louvred copper fabric is angular selective meaning it can block heat and solar gains whilst allowing through ventilation and unfiltered light. And because it’s woven micro-fine, it also offers unrestricted outward vision.

Get in touch for a product sample and guidance on calculating a thermal model using our product’s discharge coefficient. Or get in touch to discuss your project’s box ticking requirements.

Why MicroLouvre®?

A huge range of exceptional performance properties in just one system

MicroLouvre® metal fabric has exceptional performance properties. Its solar shading and glare control capabilities, combined with its fire and heat resistance, make it uniquely versatile. Its flexibility also means we can produce this in limitless shapes, sizes, and colours for all types of window coverings, lighting design, exhibition displays and for managing natural ventilation.

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Qualifications & accreditations

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