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Summit Centre - Solar Panel System

Procter Contracts

The Taff Bargoed Climbing Centre has recently installed a solar panel system to the front of their complex. Due to the nature of the solar panels, they needed to ensure that no one could gain access into the area without permission. After a site survey, it was suggested by a Procter Contracts representative that they should have a 2.4m high pro-mesh fencing system. The system provided was installed with a 2m wide double leaf access gate to match. By carrying out the works it meant the solar farm was secured from the public to re-open the complex.

Laidlaw Library Leeds - Solar Shading

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

In close consultation the decision to use DucoSun Cubic 300, combining functionality and aesthetics, was made quickly. The unique rectangular louvre blades in DucoSun Cubic 300 not only ensure that the heat from solar radiation gets absorbed efficiently, but they also give a sleek, linear accent which definitely adds architectural value. The blades of DucoSun Cubic 300 were installed vertically in front of the glass windows. Vertical solar shading guarantees maximum privacy, while still allowing an adequate outside view at the same time. Using DucoSun Cubic 300, we were able to achieve the desired aesthetics and performance requirements.

Power Solutions, Wijnegem - Solar Shading

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

There was a requirement to cut down directly incident sunlight, the idea came up to work with DucoSun Wing in front of the façade. These large, wing-shaped louvre blades were made of a black perforated sheet that was made in special non-standard sizes for this project. This system therefore works as solar shading on the one hand as well as fulfilling an architectural function on the other, which is a defining factor in the architectural appearance of the office building.

Living space as a power plant: Solar house

Hawa Sliding Solutions AG

The «Plus-Energie-Haus» constructed by the Technische Universität Darmstadt is a Solar Decathlon winner. The competition has been held each year since 2002 by the US Ministry for Energy. The task is to design and build a residential house to suit life that is self-sufficient with regard to energy. The houses must cover their entire energy requirements through self-produced solar power. Between two layers is a protected external area with sliding windows and folding slat shutters that can be opened and closed as needed. The folding sliding shutters are equipped with HAWA Variofold 80 H.

Prior Weston Primary School - Bespoke Solar Canopy

Able Canopies Ltd

Prior Weston Primary, located in the City of London, required a large south facing free standing canopy that would create solar energy for their school whilst also protecting their pupils from the elements. Able Canopies designed and installed a variation on the Kensington Dual Pitch, incorporating IPV (Integrated Photovoltaic) solar glazing panels into the roof panel design to provide a solar power facility for the school.

Solex Halo 100 Aluminium Canopy Solar Shading

Solinear Ltd

Solinear were asked to design, manufacture and install a canopy style solar shading system to mitigate solar heat gain and provide the building with a stunning front-canopy feature to make the modular building really stand out.

Livingstone Brussels - Solar Shading Brise Soleil

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

The elliptical louvre blades on the DucoSun Ellips 150 that are incorporated in the construction as a terrace cover, fulfil both a functional and an aesthetic role. "This type of solar shading system with its elegantly shaped blades, minimalist fixings, simple fitting system and the way that the shade tapers at off at the end with the inclination angle of the blades, fits seamlessly into Livingstone's architectural concept", states Archi 2000. "In addition the light grey of the DucoSun Ellips 150 reflects the light perfectly so that the blades blend in beautifully with the sky."

External Solar Control Film for NHS Building

The Window Film Company UK Ltd

This two storey premises features a predominantly glass front elevation and while the glazing provided welcome natural light and a view to the exterior, it also resulted in excess glare, making the internal environment unduly uncomfortable. The Window Film Company was engaged to provide a solution, using a specialist external solar control film to alleviate the issue. An external application was required as no internal access was available, with the chosen film reducing glare by up to 77% whilst allowing good levels of natural light to pass through the glass and without blocking the view to the exterior.

Medera Western Red Cedar Timber Solar Shading

Solinear Ltd

Solinear were appointed by Savoy and they worked alongside architect, Woods Hardwick. The Brief was to develop an attractive façade arrangement of horizontal Medera fins that not only provide sufficient solar coverage at peak summer periods but also allow sufficient light passage into the rooms during the cooler months.

Curved Solar Shade System at Hyde Park Corner Underpass

Dales Fabrications Ltd - Aluminium Eaves Products

Dales designed & manufactured curved aluminium solar shading units installed above digital advertising screens positioned over each side of the Hyde Park Corner underpass near Knightsbridge. The 260mm Shadex elliptical aluminium blade extrusions were rotated 45° and then curved to multiple radii horizontally before being manufactured into cassettes. The complete structure covers an area 15 by 13 metres with the cassettes bolted into cantilevered structural steels. Gary Newton, Director for Outdoor Plus, providers of the digital screens commented that the curved solar shades: “..certainly do finish it off to a very high specification adding to the overall high-quality aesthetic appearance”

Apartment block Sint-Niklaas - Solar Shading Sliding Panels

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

This external solar shading system with aluminium sliding panels in front of the glazing means the sun's rays do not get a chance to heat up the interior directly. DucoSlide also ensures maximum privacy by screening off the glazed areas, while maintaining the view outside. DucoSlide also adds value to the façade of the building from an aesthetic point of view. The slim and robust frame profile, light weight, fine louvre blades and aluminium colour of the panels, perfectly complements the colour of the building.

Solar Control Film for New College Swindon

The Window Film Company UK Ltd

Following a relocation and a £10million development programme, it was found that the impressive facilities at New College, Swindon suffered from uncomfrotably high temperatutres. The Window Film Company was engaged to help. An examination of the facility revealed the issue. Over 100 large glass windows proved the facility with acontemporary, modern appearance whilst also creating light, airy spaces inside, but on bright days the sun was streaming through the glass, causing the rooms within to steadily heat up.

Stonyhurst College’s New Refectory Keeps cool with Solar Shades from Dales

Dales Fabrications Ltd - Aluminium Eaves Products

Architects Cassidy & Ashton specified Dales Fabrications Limited to supply 260mm elliptical aluminium solar shades, elliptical aluminium fascia & secret fix soffits and rainwater pipes. Cassidy + Ashton said: “Cassidy + Ashton Group Ltd has worked successfully with Dales on many projects. The Refectory building at the historic Stonyhurst College site presented many challenges in delivering a modern building; surrounded by listed buildings, however the use of sympathetic materials in the design, along with implementation of Dales solar shades, and elliptical fascia with secret fix soffit systems, to create clean roof line profiles, all helped to achieve this successfully”.

Medera Western Red Cedar Timber Solar Shading

Solinear Ltd

The brief was to design, manufacture and install a contemporary floating vertical fin system using Western Red Cedar. Solinear were brought in early in the design period as specialists at the tender stage by Interserve to work with the architects Atkins Global and the structural engineers BWB Consulting to design the steel frame and interface detailing to support a Medera Timber Vertical Fin System.

Shadex 260 Elliptical solar shade system in aluminium reduces costs on £1.1 million renovation at Beths Grammar School, Bexley

Dales Fabrications Ltd - Aluminium Eaves Products

A £1.1 million renovation at Beths Grammar School in Bexley, Greater London included a new ultra-modern reception with full height glazing. Ingleton Wood LLP architects specified aluminium solar shading by Dales Fabrications with the Shadex 260 elliptical blade to reduce solar gain and solar glare. The Shadex 260 blade because it is self supporting up to 5m centres, making it ideal for the apex of the very large over-hanging canopy above the new main entrance. It was specified in combination with a low maintenance curved Aluminium Fascia Soffit and Meridian wall coping system, both manufactured by Dales.

MG Tower, Padua Italy: Eastman Performance Films commissioned the University of Padua to conduct an independent study of the effects of using LLumar® solar control window films on the MG Tower

“LLumar” by EASTMAN

Study shows the significant benefits of LLumar® films for saving energy, reducing CO2 emissions, improving thermal comfort, and controlling glare: Energy: - 3.9 year simple payback - 42 % annual savings on electrical energy - conditioning cooling - Savings of €125 800 on energy costs over operational lifetime of the film - Reduction of 46 tonnes annual CO2 emissions Thermal Comfort: - Reduction in indoor temperatures of up to 5 °C when HVAC cooling switched off - Productivity savings estimated at €40 per employee per cooling month Lighting and Glare: - Significant reduction in glare

UWE Enterprise Zone

Bauder Ltd

The University of the West of England (UWE) quadrupled its solar generating capacity through the installation of 1,731 solar panels, enabling it to produce over 400 MWh of electricity each year and making it the largest solar panel array in the UK university sector.

Capel Manor Primary School - Bespoke Canopy

Able Canopies Ltd

T & B Contractors Ltd. had been contracted to build a state of the art extension and refurbish a number of existing areas at Capel Manor Primary School in Enfield, Middlesex. Part of the extension included a free standing canopy that would create solar energy for the school and protect the children playing underneath. Colm O’Boyle at T & B Contractors invited us to quote for a timber solar canopy that would sit adjacent to the year 2 classroom that was being revamped. They wanted a system that would let the light through as well as providing solar energy.

Sherwood Elementary School

Longboard Products

This school designed by SAPP Design features many spaces for collaboration and areas that promote an active learning environment. Featuring Longboard® 6" V-Groove in Light Cherry, the most cutting edge feature of this project is that it is Net Zero capable. A Net Zero building is one that uses little energy and is powered completely by solar panels and/or wind turbines. This project will not initially include solar nor wind power, but will be a very low energy consumer, so the future addition of solar/wind power will make it Net Zero and completely off the utility grid.

Palestra Building

Briggs Amasco Ltd

Another environmentally friendly roof in the centre of London, with a fully insulated inverted roof incorporating solar panels giving both environmental and sustainable advantages.

Here East - Broadcast Centre

Guardian Glass UK Ltd

The design of the Here East Broadcast Centre in London promotes visibility between all areas of the building, whilst paying particular attention to the quality and performance of acoustics, ventilation, lighting and thermal performance. Each unitised cladding panel features two panes of heat strengthened laminate glazing, comprising a total eight laminate sheets. The ceramic frit is printed on the external sheet’s inner surface, and a layer of solar coating – to reduce solar gain and improve the performance of the glass – is applied to surface four.

Linn Products

Bauder Ltd

The roof area was badly damaged by heavy storms, with all existing ballasted solar panels lifting off the single ply roof and destroyed beyond repair. The client needed the remedial work completed to fixed deadlines in order to comply with insurance requirements, and wanted to optimise the roof by replacing the pre-existing photovoltaic (PV) array with a solar solution that would deliver superior energy generation. The office also had to remain operational throughout the works, creating logistical challenges

Triple-glazed roof windows for Passive House in North Berwick

Fakro GB Ltd

Another highly insulated, airtight home to use FAKRO roof windows is a self-build for Michelle Sutherland and Neil Thompson in fashionable North Berwick. 14 FAKRO FTT triple-glazed roof windows were specified for the home by Certified European Passivhaus Designer Julie Wilson of Dunbar-based Brennan and Wilson Architects. They were installed on the south-facing roof alongside solar PV and solar thermal panels, the combination of which provides high thermal efficiency and net credit on energy bills.

THERMOSLATE covers nearly 55% of the energy required to heat this house

Cupa Pizarras

This family house, located in Chailland (France), has reduced up to 55% its annual energy bills thanks to THERMOSLATE. This solar collector in natural slate covers this family needs for hot water while enhancing the aesthetics and efficiency of their home. Five solar collectors over a total surface of 6.45 square meters, were more than enough to generate the energy required to cover the hot water needs of this family. The main component of the collectors is natural slate, extracted directly from our quarries and specially selected to ensure perfect fit and performance.

Waterfront House

Hacel Lighting Ltd

Stephen George + Partners has recently moved into their new award-winning office building. As designers of their new workplace, the architects at SGP set out to create a light and vibrant office with the purpose of increasing team collaboration and productivity. With the energy efficiency in mind, the 8,800 sq ft state-of-the-art building has been equipped with waterbased air-conditioning, natural solar shading, solar panels and water heating, the building is highly insulated and features LED lighting. Hacel were at the forefront in providing class-leading luminaires - combining architectural design with powerful performance.

St.Michael's Maternity Hospital

Bauder Ltd

The original waterproofing on the Maternity Hospital roof had exceeded its serviceable life and begun experiencing water ingress, requiring urgent remedial work. Bristol City Council wanted to optimise the roof area by installing a high quality, long lasting PV array that would contribute to its Solar City scheme that aims to provide one gigawatt of solar power to Bristol by 2020. The installation needed to cause minimal disruption to ongoing work at the hospital and insulation upgrades were necessary to ensure the roof achieved the required 0.25 U-Value.

Le Bon Marché, Paris

Guthrie Douglas

Laubeuf, a leading European constructor of glass roofs and structural glass façades, engaged Guthrie Douglas to design and manufacture a solar shading solution for the roof lanterns, to mitigate heat gain and glare inside the building. The lanterns include curved glass, slimline mullions, and a delicate supporting structure, presenting challenges in creating a shading solution to provide sufficient solar protection and durability without exerting any significant load onto the structure. The bespokely designed systems follow the curve of the historic domes. Half draw from bottom to top, with the blinds closing towards one another when operated.

Sheringham High School

Bauder Ltd

Sheringham High School is a secondary school with academy status located in Norfolk that underwent significant refurbishment to repair a number of its failing roofs. The client wanted the school’s campus to act as a benchmark for sustainability and therefore saw this as the perfect opportunity to achieve this with the addition of solar panels.

Hotel Resort by Baraka Architects in Kemer, Turkey

Oy Lunawood Ltd

This Hotel Resort takes the typology of a resort apart and brings it back together to a new level. With Lunawood solar shades and exterior cladding, this project merges nature and civic life into one memorable creation. Architect: Baraka Architects Location: Kemer, Turkey Year: 2014

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