Project Brief


An effective shading system prevents overheating in a building’s interior. The aim is to reduce energy consumption for cooling and lighting and to provide a glare free environment. As designer become increasingly concerned with passive design several companies are offering solar shading systems. These systems are predominantly fabricated from aluminium due to its attractive strength to weight ratio.Most manufacturers use extruded aluminium components but this project seeks to explore the potential of sheet aluminium / aluminium composite for solar shading systems.

Working in teams, you are required to design a fixed solar shading system and fabricate a full size prototype usingaluminium / aluminium composite sheet.

The solar shading should be designed for a window/glazed wall facing directly South in Birmingham (52.5°N). The Solar shading system should allow a minimum of 50% visibility to outside when viewed at right angles to the window/glazing wall from inside.

The design should be elegant as well as functional.

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