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2016
2016
SEP
01

External Blinds Outshine All Other Shading Solutions

Our blinds offer year-round benefits

External Roof Blinds

Did you know it requires three times as much energy to cool a building by one degree centigrade than it does to heat it by the same amount? However, with a correctly positioned and specified exterior shading system, interior room temperatures can be reduced by more than ten degrees, which in turn can cut the energy consumption needed to cool down a hot room by more than 80%.

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2016
AUG
08

Passivhaus Reduces Energy Usage By 58%

Another reason to go green!

Passivhaus External Roller Blinds

A new report released today has revealed that Passivhaus properties use a staggering 58% less energy than the average home. These results were generated following the first 12 months of occupancy for a three-bedroom eco-home in comparison to an ordinary British household. 

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2016
JUN
10

Futuristic 'Flexhouse' Features External Blinds

Astonishing architecture!

Rather than separating the individual floors, the remarkable design incorporates a double height open space to provide a glimpse of the two bedrooms above as well as the living room situated beneath the first floor. Additionally, there are two roof terraces on the second floor which provide stunning panoramic views of Lake Zurich that's located just a few hundred metres away. 

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2016
MAY
09

External Shading Is Key To Tackling Overheating

Cool, energy-efficient homes are hot property!

External Roller Blinds

As global temperatures reach record highs, developers of cool, energy efficient homes are in high demand. And whilst overheating may not appear to be the most pressing environmental issue in Britain with our cold Winters and temperamental Summers, with 83% of Londoners suffering from an uncomfortably home in 2015, this issue is only set to escalate.

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2016
APR
15

Take A Tour Of London's First Certified Passivhaus

Camden family home combines sustainability with style

Paving the way for Passivhaus properties, meticulous attention to detail has resulted in a comfortable, urban home for the client's young family, teaming maximum functionality with minimal energy consumption.

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2016
APR
13

Emerging Architecture Trends

We look at what's set to raise the roof in 2016!

Architecture

Due to a greater awareness regarding global health and well-being, the world of architectural design is progressing at an exceptional pace, as Catherine McKeown, president of the Aberdeen Society of Architects, explains: With the world we live in becoming ever more health conscious, it’s no surprise that healthy homes are becoming a must-have asset. The materials used in building, decorating and furnishing houses are key factors for architects seeking to create a home that’s kind to body and mind.”

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2016
MAR
28

Passivhaus Victory For Leicester University

New Passivhaus building is top of the class!

Oxford Uni Installation

James Ellimen, Operations Manager of the impressive project said: “This is a hugely significant project not only for the university and the region, but also the UK as a whole. Further to that it has been extremely exciting for us to work on such a landmark building. Delivering a Passivhaus on such a large scale is not without its challenges and we employed a number of energy efficient mechanisms to ensure that this standard was met.

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2016
MAR
01

Exploring England's First Passivhaus

From a derelict barn to a desirable dwelling!

England's First Passivhaus

However, architects Seymour-Smith's design for the site eventually won the approval of the planners making it one of only twenty properties in the UK to ever to be granted planning permission in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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2016
FEB
25

Caribbean Blinds To Take Centre Stage At Ecobuild

See our seminar on Wednesday 9th of March at 10.30am

Ecobuild Map

The seminar will look at the rising issue of overheating in modern buildings and how external shading provides an effective solution to prevent overheating and is now a part and parcel of green eco build design.

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2016
FEB
23

Plummerswood Passivhaus

Take a look at this innovative eco-home featuring our external roller blinds

External Roller Blinds

Boasting stunning panoramic views, located in an area overlooking the River Tweed, this private dwelling was completed in 2011. The house was constructed in just six weeks during the harsh Winter of 2010 and has been designed to last 100+ years whilst taking into account the requirements of future generations.

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2016
FEB
19

Adapting Passivhaus Principles

Discover the power of Passivhaus in 2016

External Roller Blinds

If you're unfamiliar with the phrase Passivhaus (or Passive House) as it is otherwise known, this term refers to a building standard that is simultaneously comfortable, affordable, ecological and energy efficient

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2016
FEB
12

The Putney Passivhaus

Step inside this impressive remodelled residence

Having demolished the previous dwelling with the goal to create a fully sustainable home from scratch, architect Trevor and his wife Steffi successfully completed their Passivhaus project in 2013. Their impressive abode is a textbook example of what can be achieved when great design is combined with an eco-conscious approach to everyday living- and the result is nothing short of stunning.

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2016
FEB
08

Natural Air Conditioning

Go green in 2016 with Caribbean Blinds

Natural Air Conditioning

In exactly one month's time, Caribbean Blinds will be exhibiting at Ecobuild, the UK's leading exhibition for the construction industry which places an emphasis on sustainable, innovative design. As the UK’s solar shading experts, the show offers an invaluable opportunity to see our products in action along with understanding the economic, environmental and lifestyle/productivity benefits they provide. 

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2016
JAN
27

The House With No Heating Bills

Reap the rewards of sustainable design

Along with generating their own electricity, the eco-conscious couple also have a rainwater harvesting system. This operates by diverting water from the guttering into a 5,000-litre tank so it can be used to flush their toilets. As a result, their water bills – charged through a meter – have been reduced by about 60 per cent. 

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2015
2015
DEC
07

Passivhaus Barn Boasts Stylish External Blinds

Solar shading is the future for energy-efficient homes

Grand Designs Passivhaus

However, despite the fact the property is designed to be fully self-sufficient, architects were keen for the property to maintain the look and feel of a 'normal' home, along with ensuring the building fitted in with its rural surroundings. 

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2015
NOV
20

Concerns Grow For Overheating In Modern Homes

The need for external shading in buildings has never been greater

External Roller Blinds

Due to Global Warming, temperatures in megacities are estimated to rise by as much as four degrees, underlining the urgency for a sustainable and cost-effective solution to this growing issue. In fact, a recent survey by Sustainable Homes concluded that 65% of individuals (some of which are social landlords) believe there is 'real concern within their organisation regarding overheating in residential properties,' with almost half reporting they were 'extremely or very concerned' about the side effects of this issue. 

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2015
NOV
09

Two Degree Rise In Temperatures Predicted For Megacities

Climate Change will increase demand for solar shading

England's First Passivhaus House

This morning The Telegraph published an article highlighting to what extent our megacities will 'slip under the waves' as a result of climate change. The article revealed how scientists believe large parts of New York, London, Shanghai and numerous other cities will be submerged by water as a result of rising sea levels, despite attempts to limit global warming by two degrees at an upcoming global warming summit. 

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2015
SEP
21

Rising Number Of Homes Affected By Overheating

83% of Londoners suffered from uncomfortably hot homes this Summer

External Roller Blinds

Last week The Chartered Institute Of Building reported that a rising number of new builds were being affected by overheating issues, particularly during the Summer months. The survey revealed that of 1,005 Londoners questioned, residents in newer homes were affected significantly more by overheating problems compared to those with older homes.

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2015
AUG
21

A Guide To Solar Shading

7 ways our products can transform your home

A Guide To Solar Shading

Whether you’re building an extension, renovating your existing home or embarking on a new build, one thing is guaranteed, it will include large expanses of glazing in terms of sliding/folding doors, panoramic windows and sky/roof lights.

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2015
JUL
13

'Modern Homes Are Turning Into Ovens'

The importance of external solar shading highlighted in Friday's Daily Mail

External Roller Blinds Passivhaus

Emma explained how, whilst initially the house was "great because I saved on bills and never ran out of hot water" during the Summer "the flat turns into a greenhouse and there’s no way of controlling the temperature. It’s an absolute nightmare at this time of year."

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