All glazing needs solar protection. Working totally differently from traditional external and internal blinds, which reflect, distort and restrict vision and light, MicroLouvre™ Koolshade® simply and invisibly neutralises solar heat gain and glare before they even reach the window, working non-stop like a heat exchanger dissipating the sun’s heat and energy into the atmosphere but not blocking vision out, natural daylight and natural ventilation. Solar shading using our products is efficient and effective.
EASY TO INTEGRATE AND RETRO-FIT
100% HEAT BLOCK (0.0gtot)
UP TO 68% HVAC ENERGY SAVINGS
PERFECT VISION OUT AND BALANCED DAYLIGHT
EASY INSTALL AND MAINTENANCE FREE
80% OPEN AREA, NATURAL VENTILATION, FULL CRI
PERFECT VISION OUT AND BALANCED DAYLIGHTING
The effects of Thermal and Visual Comfort on a building’s occupants, by providing solar shading glass with views out, natural light and filtered sunlight are proven to have such real psychological and productivity benefits as fundamental parameters of human life, connecting us with outside space and nature, resulting in new Health & Safety standards and guidelines for the construction industry.
A1/A2 FIRE PERFORMANCE
In addition to all the exceptional Thermal, Visual and Environmental Comfort capabilities of this passive shading solution, MicroLouvre™ KoolShade® is also A1/A2 fire rated which is now a legal requirement for many buildings.
MicroLouvre™ Koolshade® has been tested and proven to reduce air conditioning by up to 68%, saving energy and saving costs for energy, capital equipment and system efficiency.
HEAT BLOCK AND SOLAR SHADING
MicroLouvre™ Koolshade® blocks up to 100% Solar Heat Gain and up to 100% Solar Glare.
NATURAL DAYLIGHTING AND VENTILATION
Are essential components for Low Carbon, Low Energy, Passiv Haus Design.
MicroLouvre™ Koolshade® has been tested to withstand in excess of Category 2 Hurricane force winds.
OUTPERFORMING SOLAR GLASS
With ordinary clear double glazing, MicroLouvre™ Koolshade® blocks solar heat better than any solar glass in summer sun, with a perfect 100% Heat Block (0.0 gtot) with perfect Daylighting Quality and clear Outward Vision for occupants.
40+ years of maintenance free performance is proven by the Indianapolis City County Building, Peckham Police Station and many other installations worldwide.
MicroLouvre™ Koolshade® has been fully, angle selective, tested to EN 14501:2008 and EN 14501:2005 (single, double, low-e and solar-control glazing).
RESEARCH AND TESTING
In 2016, research and testing, commissioned by energy giant Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) proved that MicroLouvre™ Koolshade® outperformed the latest high performance solar glass by 68%, even with modern HVAC systems and also outperforming traditional external and internal blind/shade systems.
SO HOW DOES MICROLOUVRE™ KOOLSHADE® WORK?
Windows exposed to the sun allow short wave radiation to flow through where it converts to long wave radiation which is then trapped inside allowing temperatures to exceed 38°C. MicroLouvre™ Koolshade® solar shading works totally differently from traditional external and internal blinds by simply and invisibly neutralising solar heat gain and glare before they even reach the window, like a heat sponge soaking up the heat and energy and discharging it into the atmosphere like a chimney.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, with a staff of 1200, is the largest solar research institute in Europe. When tested at Fraunhofer, the angle selective MicroLouvre achieved impressive results confirming MicroLouvre as the most comprehensive solution for Thermal and Visual Comfort in one system. Thermal Comfort performance includes a perfect Solar Transmittance (0.00Ts) and a perfect Solar Factor (0.00gtot) performance for the hottest sun angles. At the same time MicroLouvre achieves the highest Class 4 Visual Comfort Classifications for both Visual Contact with the outside (MicroLouvre was 20% higher than the Class 4 requirement) and Daylight Utilisation, all with a perfect 100% Colour Rendering Index (CRI) essential for any high performance window coverings for the Health and Safety of occupants.
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory California is a multiprogram science lab in the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. The Berkeley Lab included MicroLouvre in a major research project for one of America’s largest Energy companies. With MicroLouvre, daily cooling loads were reduced by 68% on sunny days when compared with dual pane, high performance solar control glass with an internal blind. MicroLouvre was able to maintain daylight levels within the “acceptable” range for greater than 80% of the tested period.
The IFC Group is one of the world’s leading fire engineering and solution providers. They have confirmed MicroLouvre to be A1/A2-s1,d0 : BS EN 13501 Reaction to Fire, making it one of very few passive and dynamic external sun and solar heat gain blocking systems compliant for use on high rise buildings.
Building Research Establishment (BRE) the world's leading building science centre, wind tunnel tested MicroLouvre screens from different angles to simulate severe wind conditions on high buildings and MicroLouvre proved to be indestructible at winds exceeding 100mph/ 160 kph / 46 metres per second, in excess of Hurricane Force 12 on the Beaufort Scale and a Category 2 Hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale.
SmartLouvre Technology Limited is an ISO: 9001 2015 Accredited Quality Management company.