Aluminium, sunlight and their effect in buildings

There are different reasons to control the amount of solar energy and lighting that can affect the inside of a building. For example, in hot and sunny climates, excess solar gain can cause high energy consumption to cool. In cold and temperate climates, on the contrary, the winter sun, which enters through the windows facing […]

There are different reasons to control the amount of solar energy and lighting that can affect the inside of a building. For example, in hot and sunny climates, excess solar gain can cause high energy consumption to cool. In cold and temperate climates, on the contrary, the winter sun, which enters through the windows facing south, will contribute positively to the free solar heating of our building.

However, it must be taken into account that another of the characteristics that the sun’s rays bring, the lighting, must also be controlled to allow us a correct and continuous natural lighting.

For all this it is necessary to make a correct design of the building, with elements of solar control and shading, thus being able to drastically reduce the energy consumption needs of our buildings and at the same time improve the quality of natural lighting.

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To obtain solar control and shading there are several options:

Fixed sun protection. Are those elements included in the architectural design of the building, and that cannot be manipulated: a good orientation of the building; design of protective eaves or overhangs; use of reflective surfaces; solar control glasses; Introduction to the project of gardening of deciduous trees, which in summer create us shade, and in winter they let us pass the solar rays. Fixed lattices, vinyl, or shadows of nearby buildings are other possible elements.

Mobile sun protection. Elements manipulable by the human being and that can adapt to seasonal situations:

  • External devices such as blinds, or slats, mosquito nets, awnings, Majorcans, adjustable louvers, pergolas, etc.
  • Internal lighting control devices, such as Venetian blinds, curtains, blinds, Japanese panels, etc.

The type of sun protection ideal for a project depends on several factors: the latitude of the building situation, the orientation of the holes, the type of contact with the exterior that is desired, and the type of use that will be made of the stay Other properties to consider are its mechanical strength, cost, maintenance, or the possibilities of opening the windows.

The position of the sunscreen will always be more effective if it is installed outside the window; however, when installed outdoors it must be weather resistant, and is more difficult to clean and maintain.

Aluminium carpentry contributes very actively in the exterior architectural design of buildings, to adapt to different forms of solar radiation, orientations, and climates.

Thus, the high resistance of aluminium, provided by the condition of metallic element, allows the windows and doors to be narrower and facilitates more solar energy and lighting in our buildings. In this case, aluminium is a solidary material, giving greater prominence to glass, although it discreetly contributes to the hollow its narrowness, resistance, aesthetics and presence.

But also, there are highly effective aluminium systems for sun protection such as Mallorcan, lattice or lamas.

Apart from shading and solar control, these regulation systems help us to increase the insulation properties of a window, ensure the privacy of the occupants and protection against intruders, prevent the discoloration of interior fabrics and furniture, decorate the Gaps and buildings.

Natural lighting in architecture is a priority

Solar space collaborates with public organizations, engineering and groups of participating architects of a sustainable architecture, that pays special attention to natural light.

These areas help architecture, engineering, public organizations and companies to optimise the use of natural light in their buildings and projects. Our team of architects and engineers will work with you to maximise the natural lighting in your buildings and achieve the most pleasant and sustainable spaces.

If a specialist is hired to design a house, structure, artificial lighting or landscaping, you also have to do it to get the most out of a free, inexhaustible light source that brings well-being to the user.

An optimal lighting result requires a correct combination of artificial lighting and natural lighting. You have to achieve the desired level of lighting, taking full advantage of natural light, controlling artificial light and keeping the caloric intake of both to a minimum.

Heat is no longer a problem

We must eliminate the idea that the sun implies heat and think that bioclimatic technology allows to illuminate efficiently without generating appreciable heat. A good sample are light tubes, whose patented domes have technologically efficient meshes that maintain the necessary lighting levels in winter, when the angle of incidence of the solar rays is minimal, and avoid excess heat from the conduit of light in summer.

The sun studies are computer simulations in 3D in which the effect of the sun on a building throughout the day and the seasons is studied.

Natural light calculations

We calculate the amount of natural light a space will have. We advise you with effective solutions to optimise it and thus acquire optimal and comfortable lighting levels. The tools that should be used must be professional, simple, but very useful calculation application found on our website.

Passive solar architecture

The passive solar architecture takes advantage of the solar energy that is captured through windows or walls to maintain thermal comfort conditions inside the homes.

Passive solar architecture is understood as the one that takes advantage of the solar energy that is captured through windows or walls to maintain well-being conditions inside buildings and minimize the use of expensive and polluting air conditioning systems. Aspects such as the orientation of the building, the morphology, the materials they use as well as the location on the ground are taken care of.

Building orientation

To achieve optimum use of the incident sun throughout the day, the windows open on a wall facing the equator. That is why large windows are usually seen with this orientation in the buildings whose design is governed according to the criteria of Passive solar architecture.

In the rest of the facades of the building there are few windows and small to prevent heat from being lost through them.

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