Glass louvres let the sunshine in

Many of us will never have heard of brise soleil, glass louvres or external louvres but those who have jobs in buildings where they are fitted will certainly be aware of their benefits. When natural light is low they encourage its penetration of the building. In harsh hot summer sun they provide shade and keep us cool inside. These specialist terms, so commonplace in architectural circles, should be learnt by any employers in any field who wish to keep their staff content.

In the winter, it is not unusual for staff members to excuse themselves from work because they feel down in the dumps with sniffles, exhaustion or mild depression. Increased exposure to outdoor light, which working in glass louvres or external louvres permits, will have a beneficial impact of the health of these workers. Anyone who has attempted to work in low light will know how sleepy it makes one feel. Working late when it’s dark or gloomy meanwhile, makes one feel an intense kind of self-pity.

Installing innovative light and heat efficiency additions might also allow us to look out of the window a little less in summer and focus on our work. We might also be less likely to spend our entire lunch breaks outdoors when the sun is at its most intense and capable of frizzling us to a crisp.  Inhabitants of the UK have a notorious reputation for worshipping the sun. Though we receive a much more ample dose of UV rays than people living in Finland, Sweden or Norway, our response to the first signs of fine weather would make anyone unfamiliar with the British stereotype think that we spent most of the year shut in the dark. The thing is, many of us who work 9-5 jobs do genuinely feel this way. Especially in the winter, when we are obliged to get up before the sun has risen and leave the office at dusk.

The damaging culture of taking lunch at one’s work station means that it is easy in winter not to get very much light at all. Thus we suffer, from seasonal affective disorder or just a sallow complexion, and appear excessively overjoyed when spring and summer finally give us some sun. Lobbying your employer to install brise soleil, glass louvres or external louvres will be a move you won’t regret. With much more exposure to light when you need it and shade when the sun gets too bright, you’ll start enjoying your job and a newly energised you.

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Glass Louvres Give Creative Cooling Solutions

As a precaution against climate change, more and more people are working towards installing solar gathering systems, which can harness the energy in the sun’s rays to power heating and other electrical systems. However, energy saving can work in the opposite way as well: by blocking out the solar radiation which is a big cause of heat build-up in the home or office. The type of shading systems that Maple Sun Screening can give you are becoming increasingly popular across the country, as more and more people enjoy the advantages of convenient shading. With the help of innovative brise soleil systems such as internal and external louvres (both glass louvres and metal louvres are used), the concentration of heat within a home can be easily reduced, getting rid of the need for air conditioning in the hot summer months.

Brise soleil is the name for a range of shading techniques popularised by innovative French architect Le Corbusier in several of his designs. Usually, these techniques involve a slatted or punctured frame used to shield a wall with a large covering of glass. This kind of system allows a reduction in the amount of heat allowed inside the building, and thus a decrease in the air conditioning bill. Combined with glass fronting, it provides the feeling of spaciousness and air while protecting those inside from the elements. And during the winter months, these devices can also be used to harness some of the available sun, lowering the heating bill. The optimum temperature which can be achieved with shading devices is designed to keep clients happy all year round.

Louvres are becoming very popular. This stylish French-inspired shading system uses a series of slatted pieces of glass or metal to achieve optimum control over the amount of light and heat allowed into a living or working space. These shading systems also look very grateful, and have the important secondary function of preventing water build-up and water ingress to the building. Of course, nobody likes rain water inside a building – but louvres also protect against the water damage which can speed a property’s deterioration, and severely damage its market value.

glass louvres in particular are very attractive, giving a real sense of space and light to the building whether installed inside or outside – and many architects now use dramatic shading systems such as the brise soleil as an integral part of their designs. At-home shading equipment like external louvres can lend a little bit of this elegant style to the most ordinary building, something sure to keep up the spirits of the inhabitant or workers.

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