Did you know automated window shades can play a significant role in creating a sustainable design for your commercial space or office building?
Automated shade systems adjust with the movement of the sun to reduce solar heat gain and glare while optimizing daylighting. With its increase in energy efficiency, while boosting occupant satisfaction through daylighting, automated shade systems are an ideal design for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or green buildings. LEED provides organizations a model to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification helps to identify how environmentally friendly and sustainable a building really is. In order to receive LEED certification, buildings must have a sustainable design that incorporates the following:
- Water efficiency
- Energy efficiency
- CO2 emission reductions
- Indoor environmental quality
If your organization is looking to receive LEED certification, an automated shade system can contribute points for energy savings and controllability of lighting systems by:
- Maximizing the use of natural light
- Maximizing heat retention during the winter months
- Reducing solar heat during the summer season
Here are the top automated shade systems software for LEED to consider to create a more sustainable building: Hyperion solar-adaptive shading by Lutron Hyperion solar-adaptive shading software automatically adjusts window shades throughout the day in response to the changing position of the sun. As a result, this automated software increases energy savings and comfort while also reducing glare. Hyperion can also lower the load on a building’s HVAC system to further reduce energy consumption. SolarTrac by MechoShades SolarTrac is an automated shading system designed to maximize natural daylight. This automated shade system increases energy efficiency while providing a comfortable environment and views to the outside. Using the sun’s positions, SolarTrac can automatically adjust shades to protect against solar-heat gain, brightness, and glare saving up to 70% in lighting costs. If you are interested in learning more about any of the window treatment products listed above, please click here or give us a call at 781-332- 3030 to visit our Boston showroom and experience these solutions firsthand.