Thermal comfort

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Solar shading is the insulation of the transparent parts of a building

When it comes to energy savings in buildings, the focus has always been on thermal insulation. But over-insulation will cause overheating in summer, even in sunny winter conditions. Solar heat gains will cause indoor overheating and create an unnecessary need for active cooling.

Read more on the increasing risk of overheating in low energy buildings, see 

The ES-SO and REHVA guidebook on Solar Shading, published in 2010,presents a summary of scientific research showing the influence of the use of daylight on factors related to worker and student productivity:

Ventilation concepts, dynamic shading, and daylighting were being used to achieve improved indoor air quality, energy efficiency, thermal comfort and occupant performance.

Steven Selkowitz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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