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Solar shading for energy efficient building

Energy, Carbon
All sectors, Construction, Hotel and restaurant, Office and administration, Wholesale and retail
High cost
Payback time:
10 Year(s)
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Resource savings: Energy:
Savings depend on a number of parameters (e.g. window orientation, type of glazing)
Associated cost savings: Energy:
30 - 45%
Premises and operation areas:
Office building, Production building
Size of company:
Micro (less than 10), Small (less than 50), Medium (less than 250), Large (more than 250)
What is in it for you:
Saving energy and costs, greater indoor light control, benefits of natural light
Descriptive information:

Solar shading describes a number of systems used to control the amount of heat and natural light that is admitted into a building.

As an integral part of the 'building envelope' in buildings with good energy performance, solar shading has evolved from a 'component' or add-on to being part and parcel of the natural light and solar management system.

Shading is a cost-effective way of delivering energy savings up to 60 times its CO2 footprint over a 20-year lifespan.

Installing and properly operating solar shading can save energy costs on cooling, heating and artificial lighting. The principle is that it maximises natural light, keeps full-colour rendering of transmitted light, reduces glare and filters daylight, which helps to reduce overheating.

Dynamic solar shading, which self-adjusts during the course of the day, can generate cooling energy savings of more than 36 % when averaged across all glazing types and climate conditions in Europe.


Hutchins, M. 2015, High performance dynamic shading solutions for energy efficiency and comfort in buildings, http://www.es-so.com/images/downloads/Downloads%20publications/ES-SO__15...

European solar shading organisation (ES-SO), Tools for the industry, http://www.es-so.com/about-esso/tools

European solar shading organisation (ES-SO), 2016, A New vision of solar shading, https://www.shadeit.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/ES-SO-A-new-vision-on-solar-shading.pdf

Carbon Trust, How to implement solar shading, https://www.carbontrust.com/media/19525/ctl065-how-to-implement-solar-shading.pdf

Andrews D. 2015, Using life cycle assessment to illustrate the benefits of blinds as passive and sustainable energy saving products in the domestic environment in the UK, https://www.shadeit.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/LCA-Paper-Dr-Andrews.pdf

Summary article: https://www.shadeit.org.uk/commercial/life-cycle-analysis/

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