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Improve Building Sustainability by Designing for the Sun

Louvretec’s design process includes ensuring their projects are designed and installed for optimum sun control unique to the client’s location. With the aid of clever architectural software packages, Louvretec accurately shows potential clients where sun and shadows will fall upon their home or building at any time of the year at their beach house, residence or building.

Louvretec knows that shading and sun control are key passive design elements in today’s modern builds. The benefits from solar gain add to the smart performance of a home or building and the comfort of its occupants.

Well designed aluminium louvre systems will reduce maintenance on a home or building and can help with its environmental performance — which is a concern Louvretec’s clients often ask about.

Climate change is a worldwide concern; adjustable louvre systems can reduce energy costs for heating and cooling consumption and respond to the season by capitalising on the sun’s energy, thereby reducing the consumption of non-renewable energy sources.

The functionality smart sun louvre systems provide creates a pleasant, comfortable home or building to either live or work in year-round. Occupants can enjoy sun and privacy control with Louvretec’s contemporary designs.

Case study: Sun Control for WCC Administration Block

Louvretec louvres control the sunlight entering Auckland’s WCC administration block and play a crucial part in its green building philosophy. Sun, glare and daylight control is a key feature made possible through the effective external shade system.

Louvretec supplied the external louvres on the centre’s administration block which were designed to provide excellent control of direct sunlight particularly during working hours over summer. During the day the louvres allow good natural lighting while controlling glare.

The system is an integral part of the climate control of the building as the louvres allow winter sun to passively warm the space resulting in a more comfortable space for its occupants.

Managing the impact of sun and seasons throughout the year enables a customer’s home or building to respond passively to thermal changes. The Louvretec sales team always discusses the following key points with customers:

  • Seasonal variations that occur throughout the year as the sun crosses the sky on different seasonal trajectories
  • How much morning sun the clients desire
  • How to achieve maximum protection when the sun is most intense in summer from midday
  • The degree of protection required from low, late afternoon sun
  • What will be the effect on natural ventilation?
  • Privacy (both by day or night) considerations
  • How the louvre system will complement and enhance the overall architectural design of the building

Louvretec is well versed in designing and installing smart louvre solutions for year-round sun control for residential and commercial properties.

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