Dealing With The Heat

It is more effective to block the suns heat from reaching your glass window or steel wall than dealing with the heat once it has entered your factory environment. The right type of shading device must be chosen to avoid compromising natural light entering your factory. Shading may be provided by a shading system or feature design that allows flexibility for seasonal changes or daily weather changes that may occur.

Shading may be provided by a shading system or feature design that allows flexibility for seasonal changes or daily weather changes that may occur. For example, North facing windows should be shaded with devices that provide protection from the summer sun and, where required, allow the sun to enter the factory in winter. In this case shading can be provided by adjustable fabric pergolas, awnings, louvre’s, shutters or trees.

What You Need To Know:

External shading is much more effective in keeping your factory cool than internal industrial blinds/shutters

The most appropriate shading for your windows depends on the direction they face

Be aware that fixed vertical shading like walls and louvers will provide summer shading but block views and winter sun

Natural shading like tall dense trees/shrubs should be used where possible but avoid planting large evergreen trees near north facing windows, they cast a long shadow in winter, limiting the amount of heat & light entering the factory

Incorrect external shading devices can restrict natural light and make your internal working area dark

South facing windows require shading for low angled sunrise and sunset rays

Adjustable vertical shading covering the entire window is ideal but may not be aesthetically pleasing from the outside

Eastern and western windows should be well shaded from the morning and afternoon sun