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Fallowfield Manchester - Solar Shading

Fallowfield Manchester - Solar Shading

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

Duco’s solar shading combines functionality with aesthetics at the Student accommodation Fallowfield in Manchester. The vertical solar shading system DucoSun Ellips was chosen for this project and supplied by Contrasol. This solar shading system, in which a blade with of 200 mm was chosen, guarantees not only maximum daylight, thanks to the optimal inclination angle and number of louvre blades. At the same time, DucoSun Ellips 200 ensures that the sun’s rays do not get a chance to heat up the Fallowfield interior spaces directly. The vertically installed solar shading system offers maximum privacy while maintaining the view outside.
Fulham Reach - Solar Shading

Fulham Reach - Solar Shading

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

An exceptional place to live, work and visit, that’s how Fulham Reach can be described. In 2019, Fulham Reach was declared Best Large Development Winner. This award-winning development is a mixed-use riverside destination, where the architectural solar shading provides a sleekly finished look. The choice was made for DucoSun Cubic 100 solar shading blades. Together with the rectangular shape of the solar shading blade, this produces a very clean-cut effect. The solar shading blades and the façade face form a beautiful unit.
ROOFTRAK™ - for Solar PV

ROOFTRAK™ - for Solar PV

Nicholson STS Ltd

Showcase of projects utilising the ROOFTRAK™ IFP specifically for Solar PV.
DCM Belgium - Solar Shading

DCM Belgium - Solar Shading

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

The overriding narrative here is the link between the inside and outside, with a strong focus on plants and nature. Based on experience with other offices, we know that the best option is to fit the louvre blades horizontally on a south façade because the sun is high. The DucoSun Wing is perforated and thus assures perfect harmony between solar shading and shadow. The fin-shaped louvre blade has an urban design and can rotate with the sun which means the light entering can be controlled.
Laidlaw Library Leeds - Solar Shading

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.
Bournemouth University | Bespoke Solar Canopy

Bournemouth University | Bespoke Solar Canopy

Able Canopies Ltd

University of BournemouthProduct: Two Bespoke Kensington Solar CanopiesCanopy Colour: Anthracite Grey RAL7016Canopy Size: 21.9m x 4.9m eachInstallation Date: September 2017The project in briefAs part of a major infrastructure development Bournemouth University created a new transport hub to connect the University to the wider area. Shelter for waiting passengers was part of the plan. Uniquely it had to fit in with the wider design themes of the development and deliver on the University’s sustainability goals by utilising solar technology. To meet those requirements Able Canopies created a bespoke canopy design based on our stylish Kensington system. The addition of solar panels, effective drainage, plus seating and under canopy wind protection, were all elements that the adaptable Kensington can handle. The result was a standout look for a practical transport hub that provides effective weather protection and longer term pay back via renewable energy generation.Growth at Bournemouth UniversityThe new Talbot Campus development at Bournemouth University is an important and prestigious project, not just for the University but for the local area which benefits from the success of the University and its students. The £3 million investment in new campus buildings and other infrastructure is a long-term commitment that will see the University widen its learning provision and all-round facilities. Part of the benefit for students, and the wider Bournemouth area, is the construction of a new transport hub that will provide joined up public transport connecting the University campus to Bournemouth itself.  A key part of the new transport hub is the weather protection provided to passengers as they wait for buses. To ensure that this essential part of the development met the standards required of the project Able Canopies entered early design discussions with the University. This evolved and in April 2017 Mildren Construction awarded Able Canopies the works for the new bus hub.Project Proposal & InstallationThroughout the development and design process we thought that our Kensington Dual pitch would be the ideal product for this installation. The more the design developed and requirements were added, such as the solar roof panels, the more convinced we were that it was perfect for the client’s needs. The Kensington is a robust, steel frame system that will stand up to all that the weather has to throw at it. Its architectural good looks mean that it makes a strong aesthetic statement, which was a key requirement here. We worked closely with the solar panel provider Polysolar who had overall control of the installation. Their panel fitted perfectly into the Kensington roof with some minor alterations to our working method to provide clean, efficient and sustainable energy for the transport hub. In addition, we had to consider how all cables were concealed and accessed at later dates. To achieve this access panels were installed in the 2 higher posts, one dealt with DC cables from the solar panels and the other with AC cables for the lighting. The final 2 lower posts on each canopy were designed to be integral rain water pipes and dispersed all water from the roof into a drainage connection below the paving.The Finished CanopiesAs the images show, the canopies look great and they are doing their job effectively in the transport hub which is now up and running. The solar panels are producing energy efficiently and help to provide a safe and comfortable shelter for the Campus’s transport users.The Tech SpecsMain Structure 21.9m x 4.9m overall canopy size (each)Powder coated and hot dip galvanised steel frame Inclined from 3m low end to 4m high end126 PS-CT Series Solar Panels per canopy (8mm thickness)Bespoke laminated glass end panelsMicro connectors to all solar panels to ensure all cabling was discreteSabre Architectural LED lightingBespoke underground drainage connectionsBespoke electrical access panels18kw system in totalGalvanised steel cable trunking & aluminium cable trays Underside Windbreaks10mm toughened glass windbreaks fixed to heavy duty steel frameGalvanised steel & hardwood benchesStainless steel glass clamps
Power Solutions, Wijnegem - Solar Shading

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.
Tower Wharf Liverpool - solar shading

Tower Wharf Liverpool - solar shading

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

One of the main aims of the project was to future proof and increase the functionality of the building, with high sustainability standards including onPatient comfort was understandably a key part of the design, Contrasol installed the 300 Cubic Brise Soleil to provide the solar shading required to achieve a comfortable internal environment. The added benefit of the projecting system is that it allows clear views of the surrounding grounds and across the Firth of Forth.
Wood finish solar shading on aluminium

Wood finish solar shading on aluminium

Powdertech (Corby) Ltd

The project design included a car park solar shading system from Contrasol Ltd. The extruded aluminium profiles form feature solar shading ‘fins’ running vertically on the exterior of the multi-story car park, with galvanized steel plates behind the fins at each floor level to screen car headlights. By using Powdertech’s PWF 020 Wood Finish on the metal the large building could be brought into harmony with its environment, being less visible in the landscape. Unlike wood, PWF will not deteriorate or warp. It is also a benefit for the installer to be working with a homogenous material with good dimensional stability. The colour and gloss retention for Wood Finish is excellent and it will remain looking good for over 25 years with minimal maintenance required. The project in numbers: 9000 metres of 200 x 50mm extruded aluminium profiles 530 pre-galvanized plates, 1m x 1.5 m 7700 fixing brackets 5780 end caps
Van Marcke Belgium - Solar Shading

Van Marcke Belgium - Solar Shading

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

Architectural solar shading combats overheating and contributes to a comfortable indoor climate in Van Marcke's new office building. Vertically installed aluminium DucoSun Wing louvre blades provide an answer in combating overheating. At the same time, they provide added architectural cachet structurally. These wing-shaped louvre blades act as an extra shell for the curtain wall. They cut out the sunlight, thus preventing the interior temperature from rising too high on hot days. Annoying reflections on computer screens are thus definitely a thing of the past.
Watling Place - Architectural solar shading

Watling Place - Architectural solar shading

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

Watling Place, situated in South Kilburn in London, contains 152 apartments. The project is part of upgrading work being carried out in the London Borough of Brent.The DucoSlide sliding panels consist of aluminium frames holding wooden or aluminium louvre blades. Thanks to the wide selection of louvre blades, the architect or client always has a large choice that will seamlessly fit any project. The architect opted for DucoSlide Wood wooden louvre blades. These louvre blades lend the façade a warm appearance and are an effective solution for regulating solar heat and the privacy of the residents.
Living space as a power plant: Solar house

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

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.
Wood finish aluminium solar shading in Florida

Wood finish aluminium solar shading in Florida

Powdertech (Corby) Ltd

Baptist Health and MD Anderson have partnered to create a new $184 million cancer centre in Jacksonville, Florida, focused on treating all forms of adult cancer. The building is situated overlooking St John’s River in a beautiful and serene environment. The new nine-storey 332,000-square-foot center is designed to provide state-of-the-art care and will also host clinical trials for new drugs. The facility has a contemporary design enclosing a central courtyard. With open views to all aspects, abundant natural light streams into the interior, creating a warm uplifting atmosphere. The frontage of the L-shaped structure, facing south, is flooded with light, requiring extensive passive solar shading. The teams involved in the project design and construction, which included HKS Architects (Dallas), adopted an holistic approach ensuring that all aspects of the design, both exterior and interior, reflected the goal of creating a positive, calm and caring environment focused on the individuals who inhabit it, namely the patients, their families, and the staff. Levolux elliptical aluminium fins form the horizontal bands of solar shading running across the front of the building. In keeping with using materials to create a calming feeling of warmth and comfort, Powdertech Wood Finish™ was specified for the solar shading. Back in the UK Powdertech coated 2000 linear metres of 150mm by 50mm extruded aluminium in PWF 31, Black Walnut, a “warm” finish, which were despatched to Florida as a single delivery.
Livingstone Brussels - Solar Shading Brise Soleil

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."
Curved Solar Shade System at Hyde Park Corner Underpass

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”
Sky Leeds Dock - Solar Shading

Sky Leeds Dock - Solar Shading

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

The “Sky” is the limit at Leeds Dock. Matt Grest from Sky stated that, “A workspace should be considered a productivity tool, not just a box to store your staff in, and this is exactly what we’ve got at Sky at Leeds Dock.” The architectural sun control DucoSun Ellips 200 mm, supplied by Contrasol, ensure the maximum amount of diffuse daylight. “The workspace is contributing to increased productivity across my teams.”
Apartment block Sint-Niklaas - Solar Shading Sliding Panels

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

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”.
Grant Solar Thermal system helps family home reduce fuel bills

Grant Solar Thermal system helps family home reduce fuel bills

Grant Engineering (UK) Ltd

A Grant Solar Thermal system has been installed at a five-bedroom property with gas central heating, helping the family to not only significantly reduce their carbon footprint but also lower their monthly heating bills.
Sustainable building: Living wall and solar panels in unison at University of Lincoln Medical School

Sustainable building: Living wall and solar panels in unison at University of Lincoln Medical School

Mobilane

Welcoming tomorrow’s doctors today at Lincoln Medical School is a 110 square metre living wall, full of healthy greenery and packing a sustainable punch alongside the building’s photovoltaic solar panels.
NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME COLLEGE - EXCEL SOLAR PV FLEX

NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME COLLEGE - EXCEL SOLAR PV FLEX

Axter Ltd

Upon the opening of a new Renewable Energy Training Course, Newcastle Under Lyme College decided to use the existing roof space of a recently constructed building to house a photovoltaic system, as both an investment and teaching opportunity.
Shadex 260 Elliptical solar shade system in aluminium reduces costs on £1.1 million renovation at Beths Grammar School, Bexley

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.
Screen fabric on roller blinds prevents solar glare on Hitachi's European office in London

Screen fabric on roller blinds prevents solar glare on Hitachi's European office in London

Yewdale Corporation Ltd

The problem Hitachi had came from the sun’s glare. Being a tall building with lots of large glazed areas, south-facing and with other glazed buildings around it, office workers would be subjected to long periods of sunshine. YewdaleDefiant® R20 Sidewinder roller blinds were specified with Mid Grey 3% Roe fabric. This fabric is a screen fabric that limits the glare of the sun but still lets in plenty of ambient light. Read more about this project.
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

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

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.
Question of Scale: 400mm Elliptical Blade with 6m Span

Question of Scale: 400mm Elliptical Blade with 6m Span

Dales Fabrications Ltd - Aluminium Eaves Products

The steel beams are 1000mm deep: The elliptical aluminium solar shade blades are 400mm and the blades span up to 5700mm. The exit door on the bottom left illustrates the scale of the installation. Replacement solar shade system designed and manufactured by Dales Fabrications Limited and installed by Roweaver Developments Ltd
Sherwood Elementary School

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.
Capel Manor Primary School - Bespoke Canopy

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.
Harris Invictus Academy - Surrey

Harris Invictus Academy - Surrey

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

Harris Invictus Academy Croydon was opened in September 2014 because of the significant demand in the community for new, high-quality school places. Duco provided the Harris Invictus Academy of the solar shading system DucoSun Cubic. The rectangular form of the louvre blade gives the school building in Croydon a particularly sleek effect. The rectangle louvre blades ensure an optimum balance between minimum solar heat gain and maximum daylight entry.
Triple-glazed roof windows for Passive House in North Berwick

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.
Here East - Broadcast Centre

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.
The Cube

The Cube

Saflex

Cube berlin solves solar concerns in unique design with double-skin facade. "Thinking outside the box" took on new meaning in Berlin as a dream team of glass and architectural experts broke new ground on an actual architectural box—the completed cube berlin. Because cube berlin is no ordinary glass-covered building, it’s unique design required careful attention to product selection, ensuring that the right glass product would provide solar control to avoid heat gain/ loss as well as be structurally sound. That’s where Saflex® PVB came in. Located on the busy Washingtonplatz next to Berlin’s Central Station, the cleverly sculpted cube berlin is in the heart of the city’s business, government, and cultural district. With its prominent location, 3XN Architects of Copenhagen designed cube berlin to be a showstopping sculpture on the square. The all-glass design presented multiple challenges, including energy concerns and structural requirements. So a collaborative team that included the architects, owners, coatings experts, glass manufacturer, PVB experts, and facade consultants worked to resolve potential concerns. The solution was a pioneering double-skin facade that uses coatings and PVB interlayers in a unique combination. To address the building owner’s strict energy requirements, Guardian Glass and Eastman selected, tested, and used reflective solar coatings on the outer skin of the building while adding a Saflex® solar-absorbing PVB interlayer to control solar heat gain in the cavity. (Normally, these products are used on the inner skin.) In essence, the team created a solar-absorbing and solar-reflecting effect in a single laminate. Through expert knowledge and rigorous testing and modeling, the team recognized the impact of merging structural and solar PVB technologies. The novel approach of dual technologies was presented to a national standards board (Zulassung im Einzelfall ZiE), where it was approved. Their close collaboration on this project has provided Guardian Glass and Eastman with a stronger partnership that will continue with other projects. "To design such a complex product, you need real teamwork, which is exactly what happened during the design phase with the glass supplier, the PVB supplier, the architect, and the facade consultant all working closely together," says Joachim Fauth of Drees & Sommer, facade consultant on the project. Such creative technology and architectural beauty will benefit many. Occupants of the cube will be treated with floor-to-ceiling views while enjoying a comfortable yet highly energy-efficient space. Passersby will be treated to ever-changing reflections in the angled facade. And for students of architectural glass, the building will serve as a case study of innovation for years to come.
Palestra Building

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.
Linn Products

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
MAPLEFIELDS SCHOOL

MAPLEFIELDS SCHOOL

Tata Steel

With RoofDek as the structural deck, the school’s roofs feature rainwater harvesting, high levels of thermal insulation, natural ventilation, green sedum roofs and solar thermal panels.

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