Here at Solinear, one of our specialities is ‘operable solutions’, which is why we so celebrate motorised louvres. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, as many are, let us explain it to you: louvres are a type of external shutter which can be cleverly angled to admit both air and light, without letting rain and direct sunshine into a building.
They are not a new concept. First developed in the Middle Ages, they were initially used as a means of allowing ventilation into, and out of, kitchens, while ensuring that the cold, hard elements stayed out.
Modern louvres, which are now most often seen on the outside of commercial buildings or larger developments, have come a long way since and are now obviously made a little differently to the original. Constructed from high-quality aluminium, metal, wood, or glass, they are now cleverly designed to be operated in a number of ways, including through motorised devices, operated by a simple switch mechanism or a variety of sensors.
So why might an architect choose to incorporate them into their design for a commercial building? The answer to this is a simple one: because they’re a fantastically useful technical device. Serving to primarily enhance natural and smoke ventilation, with the additional benefits of internal temperature control.
Motorised louvres benefits
We have briefly touched on some of the ways that motorised louvres are utilised, but this doesn’t serve to fully exemplify their many benefits, which is why we intend to look at these in a little more depth in the next section of this article. For commercial usage, they include:
Environmental and Smoke Ventilation
The most common reason to incorporate motorised louvres in a commercial building is for the comfort and safety of its inhabitants. Motorised louvres can be angled to control the movement of air and smoke within an internal space and consequently the temperature of the building, while restricting any potential water penetration.
Automation is also an important factor when considering long term inhabitance and practical use of a building. Automating a repetitive task such as this is integral to making workers lives easier and more comfortable. A number of motorised louvre modules can be adjusted with a single touch of a button, or even more conveniently by being linked to a temperature sensor that works in conjunction with a climate control system. The above two points can result in your staff being more productive: if they are content with the temperature and lighting of their work environment and they don’t have to constantly get up and go to another part of the building to manually adjust the settings of the louvres, they can be getting on with what they’re paid to do.
Motorised louvres can be a great way to maximise a building’s energy efficiency. This is because opening and shutting them can be about far more than simply letting in a certain amount of light – it can also help your business to make some real savings. By giving you the power to open them up and maximise natural ventilation on hot days or close them to retain heat on those colder days. There is less of a need to rely on air conditioning or central heating for artificial temperature control, depending on the season.
Some motorised louvre designs even have sensors installed, so that they can perform such motions automatically, without any input from you or your staff. It has even been proven that integrated louvres on commercial buildings offers up to a three times reduction in energy consumption [Source] when compared to triple glazing, so the benefits are clear.
Another benefit to installing motorised louvres in a building is that they can help to make it appear more secure. In the same way that leaving the lights of an office on at night makes it appear that there is someone present in the building, louvres do the same, deterring any would-be intruders.
As we have amply demonstrated above, motorised louvres can be a beneficial addition to any commercial building. Cleverly designed to provide businesses with numerous benefits, they can add some highly marketable features to an office, making them well worth considering for those assessing their options. Why not take a look at our range today to see what’s on offer?