AN EDUCATION IN SOLAR SHADING August 2009
Levolux, the UK’s leading Solar Shading specialist provided the new Rednock School in Gloucestershire with a first class Solar Shading system, helping it become the first school in Gloucestershire to achieve a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating and ensuring a comfortable learning environment for its pupils.
Eco-friendly Western Red Cedar Timber Fins were installed externally, measuring 4.5m long in 1200mm wide modules with 4 blades to each in a vertical arrangement. Following the curved façade of the building, the Timber Fins provide the structure with a natural, modern aesthetic. Additionally, to complete the Levolux solution, Roller Blinds were installed internally to control light levels in the classrooms and to combat the effects of glare.
As part of a multi-million pound redevelopment for the school, the project was given an innovative design by architects Cube Design, including a complete overhaul and rebuilding of the school. Extensive Solar Shading was integral to the scheme, not only to improve the energy efficiency of the building but to create a cool, comfortable and naturally lit environment for teachers and pupils alike.
The Levolux Solar Shading solution is extremely energy efficient, greatly reducing solar heat gain and the need for air-conditioning in the summer months. Potential problems of glare are overcome with the use of internal Roller Blinds, enabling teachers to control natural light levels. This is particularly beneficial when using computers and display screen equipment.
As a science college, the new Rednock School will benefit from such a visible example of energy efficiency, acting like an eco-education in its own right to show pupils one of the many ways to help preserve the environment. For example, all Western Red Cedar timber used on the project was sustainably sourced, like all timber used by Levolux.
Backed by a three year warranty, Levolux’s unique Solar Shading solution perfectly complements the overall scheme both in form and function, helping to create an energy efficient teaching facility from its opening in September 2009 and for years to come.