Sunshades for Environmental Well-Being

Aluminum extrusion based sunshades provide shading and glare control and are noncombustible. These extrusions also avoid red-list material for student and environmental well-being, further promoted through maintenance of natural daylight and increased views to optimize student performance and health.

Aluminum sunshades further reduce cooling loads to optimize building energy efficiency. Aluminum extrusions offer recyclability and positive life cycle benefits.

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Kawneer Company, Inc

Value in Extrusions

Energy efficient design reduces lighting and energy costs. As with other elements of extrusion design, maintaining natural daylight and views help to improve employee retention and satisfaction, while decreasing absenteeism. 

By providing shading and glare control, aluminum sunshades increase the usable space adjacent to windows, while also reducing energy costs.

Aluminum sunshades and light shelves offer optimized daylighting and glare control to reduce lighting and cooling energy use. Even with high efficiency LED lighting, lighting still accounts for a major portion of building energy loads. Daylight harvesting offers a key efficiency measure for reducing this energy load. In fact, LED lighting has made daylight responsive controls more effective, controllable, reliable, and cost effective.

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Educational Case Studies

Read more about how educational institutions incorporate extrusions to improve student experiences. 

Project: King Open / Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex

Cambridge, MA

Type: New

Architect: William Rawn Associates in association with Arrowstreet

Architecture & Design

Notable: Net Zero Energy

LEED Platinum Certification

USGBC Green Building of the Year – 2019

American Architecture Award – 2020

Photos: © Robert Benson Photography. Used by permission of Arrowstreet and/or William Rawn Associates

Project: Hot Springs Intermediate School

Hot Springs, AR

Type: New/renovation

Architect: Douglas A. Arnold and Associates

Contractor: Valley Building Specialties

Products: Sunshades, Custom vertical sunshades

Photos: Kawneer Company Inc., © CJ Berg

Project: Tidewater Community College Student Center

Norfolk, VA

Type: New

Architect: CannonDesign, with Ballou Justice Upton

Notable: LEED Silver

Products: Entrances, Curtain Wall, Sun Shades – Kawneer

Photos: Kawneer Company, Inc., © Progress Photo

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