External sliding technologies should be considered as a necessary feature of the modern Australian building
Through the use of quality products, architects and designers can employ natural ventilation techniques which essentially enable a house to aspirate, breathe, and to ventilate.
As Australia enjoys an abundance of sunshine each year, in fact it is on average twice as sunny in Brisbane as it is in London, it is imperative to ensure that the building is comfortable. For this reason, external sliding technologies may be considered as a necessary feature of the modern Australian building, as a much more consistent and comfortable internal temperature will be achieved for the building interior whilst also enabling a through flow of fresh air.
Buildings that have inadequate lighting have been associated with the increased risk for poor mental health. Daylighting purists argue that for a space to be considered day-lit, it must use natural light as the primary source of daytime illumination, creating a visually and thermally comfortable place connected to outdoor phenomena. This also contributes to maximizing electric, lighting and therefore energy savings, whilst minimizing peak energy demand. Both designers and researchers alike believe in the aesthetic and health benefits of daylight. For example, Scientists at the Lighting Research Centre (LRC),the world’s leading centre for lighting research and education based in New York, have reported that naturally light environments increase occupant productivity and comfort, and provide the mental and visual stimulation necessary to regulate human circadian rhythms. These findings together with the known thermal interdependencies identified with daylight shading forms a strategy to integrate daylight into a building and its ability to reduce the total energy consumption.
A high degree of aesthetics, functionality and outstanding energy efficiency are supported by sliding solutions on buildings. Sliding shutters can make facades appear in different forms as an additional design element and brings the building to life for the occupants. Regardless of whether the façade is to be opened or closed depending on the time of the day or whether it needs to withstand certain climactic influences, sliding technology may be the best solution.
Sliding solutions on buildings have many facets namely;
- they ensure energy efficiency and temperature management
- they offer a free view to the outside whilst maintaining privacy
- Shade is provided as the sun travels across the sky throughout the day
- they enable a reduction of artificial heating and cooling
Hawa has high performing sliding shutters that are available in both automatic low energy consumption configurations and manual configurations. Both options are smooth, quiet running and maintenance free.