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In our last few blog posts, we took a look at two active daylighting systems that can greatly assist the City of Boston in its carbon-free initiative. As we continue to look at active daylighting systems that improve energy efficiency and can help eliminate reliance on carbon-based sources of energy, we’ll be focusing today on Somfy’s Animeo, which consists of intelligent building controls, motor controls, local controls, and a full selection of sensors and additional accessories.

Somfy Animeo refers to a range of scalable daylighting systems that are compatible with a variety of sun-shading devices, providing flexible solutions for automation and daylighting. Animeo’s software automates natural light management according to the sun’s position and glass façade direction in order to minimize glare and maximize daylighting. Animeo both tracks the sun and incorporates shadow management, which guarantees optimum levels of user comfort by controlling solar shading devices individually or by zones, while also maximizing the amount of comfortable, natural daylight that enters a space.

A variety of Somfy weather sensors are compatible with Animeo, including rain, wind, sun, and temperature sensors. These sensors further enhance Animeo by providing real-time, live weather conditions that affect daylighting, allowing the system to adjust shades accordingly based on these conditions. Animeo allows for easy manual override, giving occupants control over nearby window coverings.

Animeo is a sustainable and scalable digital solution for buildings, with no zone limitation and an intuitive user interface that allows for simplified commissioning, building management, and technical support. By intelligently reducing power consumption from artificial light and diminishing heat gain/cooling loss, the Somfy Animeo daylighting system effectively integrates automation technology in order to improve energy efficiency. With approximately 75% of Boston’s emissions coming from energy use in buildings, reducing energy demand in these buildings through measures such as having an efficient active daylighting system will prove instrumental in supporting Boston in its carbon-free mission.

Be on the lookout for our next blog post, where we’ll discuss Halcyon Shades’ technology, specifically designed to dramatically reduce carbon emissions generated by a building.