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There are other interpretations for different regulations.For example, with the changes to England Building (Amendment) Regulation 2018, materials used on building exteriors demand materials to be proven non-combustible to EuroClass A1/A2-s1,d0 : BS EN 13501.

Reducing solar gain in Residential Buildings

A Residential Building is defined as a building that provides more than half of its floor area for dwelling purposes. In other words, a residential building provides sleeping accommodation with or without cooking or dining or both facilities. This term is also known as ‘domestic buildings.

Residential buildings, generally, can be divided into several categories, depending on the application, but typically are:

  • Apartments
  • Hotels
  • Student accommodation, Lodging or rooming houses
  • Individual houses or private dwellings

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

The Ultimate Guide to High-Performance Building Design even goes so far as to state that ‘due to the low level of the sun during sunrise and sunset, an overhang or shading device will be relatively ineffective on an east or west-facing window. A passive solar design would aim to minimise east and west-facing windows if cooling is a particular concern’. In other words, avoid having windows on your east and west-facing elevations – We have the solution.

To combat overheating we still rely on mechanical cooling, to reduce the massive solar gains affecting our over-glazed living environments.

A leading expert, Professor Brian Stone at the Georgia Institute of Technology states that the combination of blackouts and extreme heat “may be the deadliest climate-related event we can imagine.”

Major city power failures or outages have increased by more than 60 percent since 2015, even as climate change has made heat waves worse, according to the new research published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Using computer models to study three large U.S. cities, the authors estimated that a combined blackout and heatwave would expose at least two-thirds of residents in those cities to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

The new UK Building Regulation Approved Document O has, this year, designated large areas of London and Manchester as High Risk.

So how do we combat these risks? What is the single most comprehensive solution that ticks more performance boxes than any other product? Microlouvre Koolshade®

Microlouvre Koolshade® employs a totally unique, 3D, angular selective solar heat-protecting and shading solution specifically designed for high-performance sun and light control.

MicroLouvre, on residential buildings, provides numerous unbeatable benefits. First, it can reduce solar heat gain overheating by 100%, and can reduce internal temperatures by over 20 degrees, leaving residents staying comfortably indoors. One Passive House was uninhabitable in March until Microlouvre Koolshade® was installed. See our Case Study .

Second, Microlouvre Koolshade® has an unmatchable 80% clear open area which allows optimum pure unfiltered daylight into the building. The angled micro louvres create the perfect upward laminar fresh airflow ventilation.

Moving on to energy saving. Top Laboratory testing has proven that MicroLouvre can reduce the HVAC load by at least 68% leading to big energy savings plus a big win for planet earth. It also means that you can use much smaller, less costly, more efficient air-conditioning equipment saving more production energy, material costs, and a better ROI (Return on Investment) for both your money and your climate.

Also, Microlouvre Koolshade® provides directional privacy to block the view into the building without interrupting views out as the micro-fine louvres disappear from your eye line, allowing full vision out throughout the day.

For safety purposes, our screens conform to A1/A2 fire performance rating.

What Installation. Nothing could be simpler. Microlouvre Koolshade® is light, quick, and easy to install – moveable where required – and all with minimal structural loading.

And to compliment the residential building’s external appearance, our screens can be custom made from a wide range of materials to suit any shape or size of window with any colour possible.

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