Sun shading offers energy saving and protection by:
- Creating a cool shade, avoiding the need to reduce temperatures of overheated rooms and buildings
- Reducing the amount of energy required for lighting, by optimizing the transmission of free natural daylight
- Enhancing indoor comfort, stimulating productivity
- Providing protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays
Transforming an area
Sun shading systems can transform any area into a shaded oasis. They offer protection from the harmful effects caused by the sun. Shade can be added to any space to create a private paradise. In addition to this they will also enhance the overall look and value of your home or business.
Our range of sun shade options can help you and your business decrease your energy costs during the summer months, while reducing the temperature in the shaded area by up to 20 degrees.
Shading can be added to virtually any space to add, for example, additional seating area to a restaurant, bar or your business for events or just a relaxing area for your staff to think and contemplate. People will be comfortable dining under the shade of these systems and you can make extra money for your company by providing extra-valuable space to seat your guests, all while lowering your energy costs.
Glare is usually caused by direct sunlight falling on objects in the home or office. Glare can also occur when using a computer display: the luminance of the reflection of the surroundings may be higher than the luminance of the computer screen. Solar shading significantly reduces luminance ratios, avoiding the difference in luminance between the computer screen and the surroundings that creates visual discomfort and reduces productivity.
- By maximizing the use of daylight without glare a median productivity benefit of 3.75% can be achieved.
- On average, major health complaints are between 20% and 25% lower for occupants close to an exterior window, compared to those that work in the interior core without access to a view and daylight.
- Access to windows and daylight resulted in a 15% reduction of absenteeism.
- Direct sun penetration into classrooms, especially through un-shaded east or south facing windows, is associated with negative student performance.
- Students with adequate natural daylight in their classrooms showed 20% faster progress in maths tests and 26% in reading tests over the course of a year.
Improving productivity, healthy environment, privacy
There is nothing more important than health and well-being. In dwellings or at the workplace, a number of factors play a role:
Indoor air quality: this can be indicated by low concentrations of CO2 and pollutants, and high ventilation rates. Research has demonstrated that productivity improvements of 8-11% are not uncommon as a result of better air quality.
Thermal comfort: this is very closely related to Indoor Air Quality. Studies in offices have indicated a 10% reduction in performance at 30°C and 15°C. Another study in a controlled setting indicated a reduction in performance of 4% at cooler temperatures, and a reduction of 6% at warmer ones.
Daylighting and lighting: several studies have shown that the well-being of daylight as a result of proximity to windows, views to the outside (and preferably to green space or nature) have a positive effect in terms of the overall satisfaction and health of occupants. Research has demonstrated that view quality and daylighting explained 6.5% of the variation in sick leave.
Neuroscientists suggested that office workers with windows received 173% more white light exposure and slept an average of 46 minutes more at night. Workers without windows reported physical problems and reduced vitality, problems in sleep quality, sleep efficiency, sleep disturbances and daytime dysfunction.
Reduction in UV Rays: Skin cancer risks are on the rise. This is due to the fact that we are performing more activities outside than ever before. It is important for anyone who spends a lot of time outside to protect themselves from the harmful effects of UV rays. Installing our sun shading is paramount to ensure that people are not exposed to direct sunlight but can still enjoy the outdoors.
CO2 reduction, keeping a natural cool
Concerns for the environment, climate change and global warming mean that reducing CO2 emissions is more important every day. The use of sun shading can reduce the need for air conditioning thus reducing CO2 emissions.