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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,

European solar shading organisation (ES-SO), Tools for the industry,

European solar shading organisation (ES-SO), 2016, A New vision of solar shading,

Carbon Trust, How to implement solar shading,

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,

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