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Solar control

Solar control


Providing solar control for oddly-shaped windows

July 8, 2019

Providing solar control for oddly-shaped windows

While a window with a trapezoidal or other custom shape can be a stunning addition to a building’s aesthetic, it can also create problems for solar control. Standard rectangular shades and blinds aren’t designed for this need. But we have a few solutions. Here are five ways to provide solar control for odd-shaped windows.

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Control the Sun with Sunshades: How to shade Southern, Southeastern/Southwestern, Eastern and Western exposures

April 26, 2019

Control the Sun with Sunshades: How to shade Southern, Southeastern/Southwestern, Eastern and Western exposures

The primary purpose of a sunshade is to control the amount of direct sunlight through your building's windows. The benefits can be found in so many articles that we will not go into them here. The intent of this page is to show you how it works and give you insight into designing a louvered sunshade system that is right for your building, whether it is to be located in Houston, TX or Minneapolis, MN. The explanation can be as simple or as complicated as we want to make it. We opted for simple, yet effective. We will cover these topics: Where to shade How to shade Southern exposures How to shade Southeastern/Southwestern exposures How to shade Eastern and Western exposures

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Skylights: bringing out the best in art

November 16, 2018

Skylights: bringing out the best in art

Curators and collectors continually struggle with the age old dilemma of how to find the right lighting for works of art without risking undue damage. The problem with direct sunlight and artificial light is that they cause damage not only through exposure to light (photochemical action), but from solar heat gain. The result of both will lead to the deterioration of art through cracking, brittleness and change in color. The solution for many museums and galleries are translucent skylights.

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3 Reasons to consider solar heat gain in architecture

October 19, 2018

3 Reasons to consider solar heat gain in architecture

Designing the look and feel of a building’s daylighting is a delicate balance of considerations. Primary among them is how solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) affects a fenestration system, including wall systems and skylights. Deciding how much solar radiation to allow through glazing or translucent sandwich panels requires answering the following questions:

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Why use exterior shading?

September 19, 2018

Why use exterior shading?

Solar control solutions for inside the window seem to make sense. But one question we often hear is, “Why would you use exterior or outside solutions?” It’s actually a good question, and the answer is in the way energy from the sun is turned into heat.

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Louver and Architectural Solutions

August 23, 2018

Louver and Architectural Solutions

While providing fresh air intake and exhaust, Ruskin Louvers can also provide architectural style to building design. With the variety of models, sizes, and paint finishes available, Ruskin Louvers can add unusual and appealing features to exterior and interior elevation. Ruskin louvers are available in depths ranging from 1.5" to 12", and can accommodate various blade angles with high free area.

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Using controls to personalize shading systems

July 23, 2018

Using controls to personalize shading systems

A plethora of choices exist when it comes to customizing window shades. From color combinations and openness factor to panels built to fit individual window specs and environmental benefits, window shades are one of the most customizable design solutions you can find. And they add a personalized touch, especially when it comes to their controls. Control systems give users the ability to personalize shades to their needs and preferences. Here are just a few examples of how the right shade control system can create a custom experience.

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The benefits of motorized window shades

April 27, 2018

The benefits of motorized window shades

Window shades have been the preferred daylighting control system of choice for several reasons. Shades allow natural light to enter the room while controlling unwanted, uncomfortable glare. They can provide a view to the outside world – even when the shades are down. Heating and cooling cost savings can be substantial and employee productivity improved with the right daylighting control strategy. And to get the most out of solar control shading, motorization and automation are key.

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Draper takes new angle to solve glare and heat gain

October 30, 2017

Draper takes new angle to solve glare and heat gain

Gordon Parks Arts Hall at the U of Chicago Lab School's unique sloped facade called for a unique shading solution.

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