Vertically Mounted Sliding Ladder Panel
Vertically Mounted Sliding Ladder Screening Panel
Brise Soleil Horizontally Mounted Canopy
The most popular of all Brise Soleil configurations, horizontally mounted canopies are generally mounted immediately above the glazed area that they are shading. Most horizontal canopies have a projection of between 500 mm and 1,500 mm, which is generally more than adequate to shade the windows or doors below. Options include joining a number of canopies together to form a continuous run, corner units, and overhead support arms.
The brackets that fix the canopies to the wall can either be fixed to the structure before render is applied (generally the case on a new build) or in the case of retro fitting to existing buildings, can be fixed to the external finish. In both cases the brackets are powder coated to match the rest of the system.
Motorised Brise Soleil
Motorised Brise Soleil - when should motorised BS be considered?
For many applications, a fixed blade system provides all of the functionality required by the client. For example, if the system is being used primarily as privacy screening, or as an architectural feature, then a fixed blade system is almost always the preferred solution. Even when solar shading is the primary objective, this can still very often be achieved by the use of a fixed blade system. With lower costs, simplified installation and no moving parts, a fixed blade system offers most customers the best balance of functionality against price and ease of use.
There are however circumstances when an adjustable blade system provides more consistent solar shading across the whole of the day, and throughout the year. If such a system is required, then the blades are mounted on pivot points at each end, joined together with a connecting rod, and moved by means of an electric actuator (a motor that moves the connecting rod backwards and forwards). The amount of movement and the direction of rotation are usually controlled by a hand held wireless controller, rather like a TV remote control. However, if required a third party automated system, such as a BMS (building management system) can be linked in to control the motor automatically.
Motorised Brise Soleil with built-in solar panels - Case Study
Client: Kuwait University
Requirement: Motorised Brise Soleil with built in solar panels
Overview: The client wished to combine shading of large roof windows with power generation using solar panels as louvres.
Solution: Aluminium Systems commissioned a UK based solar panel manufacturer to produce custom solar panels and associated wiring and control systems. These were mounted in heavy duty frames designed to fit into the University’s roofing system.
The solution consisted of three large Brise Soleil systems which created a solar power generating array, the output of the entire system was then sent back into the University’s power distribution system. A computer program was created to control the position of the blades throughout the day in order to track the Sun, then to return the blades to their original position in the evening, ready for the following day.
The challenges: As this was a completely bespoke system, it had to be developed “from the ground up”. So a test system was built to prove the feasibility of the solution, this was then modified in order to introduce improvements until it finally evolved into a system suitable for production. All three production systems were fully built and tested, then disassembled and packed for shipping, complete with detailed installation and commissioning instructions. The system was shipped to site and installed by a locally based installation company.