The Future of Solar Management
Architects play a unique role in shaping our world: Each design decision influences how people perceive where they live, work and play. But steel, stone, brick and wood are not the only materials in an architect's toolkit. Intangibles, such as light, air and temperature, also affect the way people feel in a space.
Shaping light through the use of shading devices should be central to the design process because without shade, life can quickly become unbearable in the tropical Florida climate . Think of the worker whose office suffers from overheating and glare. Or the retailer whose customers don't linger because the pedestrian oriented shopping district is too hot. Or the restauranteur who can't fill his patio seating because it's totally exposed to the sun.
Shade design should be a priority whether the project is a streetscape, shopping area or high rise office building. Building energy efficiency and worker productivity can be tied directly to effective shading systems in office structures. People need natural light for emotional and physical health, but researchers are finding that control of these daylighting features is a key element in the performance of buildings and the people who work in them.
The use of a metal fabric façade has the benefit of connecting occupants with indoor and outdoor spaces. Undeniably, this leads to greater productivity, healthier environments, increased airflow and shading. When utilized as a veil or exterior façade, WS Tyler's Architectura Woven Metal Fabric reduces solar heat gain by shading the building, thus reducing the energy required to power HVAC systems. WS Tyler's Architectural Woven Metal Fabric also allows the transmission of natural light providing effective internal illumination while reducing related energy costs.
With the increasing advancement and benefits of sustainable building products, metal fabrics allow architects to easily address solar management while creating aesthetically pleasing designs. WS Tyler's Architectural Woven Metal fabrics can be etched and custom panel sizes mean that our manufacturing experts can produce nearly any design.
For increased aesthetic appeal, architects can specify a variety of colors and textures. Sunshades also add an interesting texture over the glass, working both functionally and aesthetically to provide a visually dynamic installation.
Since WS Tyler's collaboration with architects and designers begins at the conceptual design phase, and continues through all levels of specification, installation and testing, they have the knowledge and design prowess to help you create the best fit for your project needs.
Contact Dino+Associates to schedule a presentation on how WS Tyler's Architectural Woven Metal Fabrics can help in reducing energy costs, aiding biophilic design and earning LEED Points.