Fabric awnings from Hunter Douglas Commercia l can make a noticeable difference to the cost of cooling a building over its lifetime. For example, roll-up awnings are able to reflect 70 per cent of solar heat away before it reaches the window. The lighter the colour the more the heat is reflected.
These fabric awnings can be automated using sensors for sun and wind. They can also be connected to a building's management system for added convenience and to make the most of energy savings. During the winter months they can also be fully retracted to allow the winter sun to warm the building, again reducing energy costs. In some cases, taking into consideration the choice of awning and the design of the building, air conditioning systems have not proven necessary at all.
Fabric awning options include:
- Folding arm awnings
- System 2000
- Automatic awnings
- Canopy awnings
The fabric awnings come in a range of design and operating styles and the colours on offer will compliment any building facade. Fabrics can either be made from canvas or acrylic. The benefits of a canvas fabric include greater tensile strength and mould and mildew resistance whilst acrylic fabrics have excellent solar and optical control properties.