Advanced Active Window treatment assisting with thermal comfort without compromising the views.
The energy consumption of a building impacts the global CO2 emissions by approximately 30% worldwide. This is the result of the increased energy usage in emerging economies which is directly related to population expansion.
Achieving thermal comfort is imperative to user experience, however this can be problematic for locations with extreme climate conditions, particularly when it comes to the electric load of appliances required to maintain thermal comfort (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems). More than 70 percent of the total energy consumed in commercial and domestic buildings is attributable to lighting and HVAC needs. The amount of energy that is consumed by lighting and HVAC is directly influenced by a building’s design, construction, and material specifications. For example, a building that is designed to take advantage of passive solar heating or cooling can limit both the capital and operating costs of its HVAC system.
The future of fenestration elements is to implement technologies that reduce heat transfer by the use of static and dynamic systems. Reflective Roller Blinds reduce heat gain and heat loss. A possible reduction of 50-80% in solar heat gain is achievable dependent on the design of the window and the selection of film. Additionally, heat loss during colder months can be reduced up to 20-45%. This too is reliant on the size and design of the window and the manner in which the blind is installed.