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    Sunbreak skyscraper shades adjust based on angle of the sun

    Architects at NBBJ have come up with a prototype for a skyscraper shading system that uses sensors to measure and respond to solar activity.

    ‘Sunbreak’ shades adjust window-by-window, automatically closing when it’s sunny outside and using solar panels to reflect more sunlight into the building’s interior when it is overcast or cloudy.

    The system works using a three-hinged garage door design inspired by Calatrava and panels can be controlled individually by a smartphone app.

    It can also sense when no one is in the space — like on the weekends — and put the entire building in energy-conservation mode.

    While it’s just a prototype for now, NBBJ expect the Sunbreak technology will catch the eye of companies wanting to design hyper efficient skyscrapers that give workers control over their environment.  

    Take a look at the video from NBBJ to see how the Sunbreak shade works.

    Courtesy Gizmodo

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