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The National Gallery Achieves 85% Energy Savings With External Roof Blinds

Solar shading is invaluable in the fight against Climate Change

Last year, The National Gallery became one of the first public buildings in the world to achieve 85% energy savings with the addition of External Roof Blinds. 

Due to an ambitious sustainability programme implemented by Arts Council England, over the last two years, England's arts and culture sector saved an impressive £2.3 million along with 12,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

In fact, more than 98% of Arts Council-funded organisations are currently taking part in the Environmental Sustainability Partnership programme, which involves participants monitoring their energy and water usage along with applying an up-to-date environmental action plan.

With a recent report revealing emissions from the sector fell by 5% a year since 2012, Julie’s Bicycle, who have helped coordinate the scheme, explains how “the results indicate that the country’s arts and cultural sector is now leading in sustainable behaviour change.”

Julie’s Bicycle founder Alison Tickell said, “there are three simple ideas at the heart of this programme. First that Climate Change is not confined to the corridors of politics, business and science, but it is a cultural issue. Second, that collective environmental knowledge and action delivered collaboratively and at scale will lead to cultural change. Third, the creative community has a vital role to play in shaping our future. We’re looking forward to continuing our work with Arts Council England over the next three years; it’s an exciting time packed with innovation and potential for us all.”

98% of Arts Council-funded organisations are currently taking part in the Environmental Sustainability Partnership programme.

Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley explains how: “Caring about the world we live in shouldn't be an optional extra for any of us. Not only is there a moral case for helping arts organisations, museums and libraries to become environmentally sustainable, it makes good business sense too.”

Earlier this month, Julie's Bicycle shared the results of the programme with global leaders at the Climate conference in Paris as an example for effectively tackling Climate Change in England. 

This follows last year's announcement that the National Gallery had become one of the first public buildings in the world to achieve 85% energy savings. This was made possible by uniting the use of LED lighting with a system that automatically adjusts external roof blinds which ensure only diffused light is present in the galleries through UV-filtered roof light glazing. 

External Roof Blinds
An example of our external roof blinds which keep rooms cool along with offering glare protection and privacy.

This case study highlights how LED lighting, along with our external roof blinds, play a key role in the fight against Climate Change. By physically blocking the sun’s incoming solar radiation, our external roof blinds reduce internal temperatures by upto more than ten degrees, therefore eradicating the need for air conditioning. They also provide glare protection and privacy, so they’re ideal for skylights and conservatory roofs, glass verandas and atriums of all sizes and inclinations, hence why they proved to be an obvious eco-friendly choice for the National Gallery.

To find out more about how our external roof blinds could restore comfortable interior temperatures in your home whilst helping to combat Climate Change in 2016, complete our quick enquiry form here.