At Caribbean Blinds we are often working within the commercial sector to help create healthy and comfortable environments to enhance experiences. We were invited over to the Gunnebo headquarters in Uckfield to assess their corporate offices to help alleviate their solar heat gain and glare issues.
Like most office designs they consist of a lot of glazed windows to ensure enough light is being filtered into the rooms to create a bright working space but glazing can also form vulnerabilities that can make the working environment uncomfortable.
Solar heat gain is a common issue that is caused by short wave radiation passing through the glass which is then absorbed by furniture and computers etc. and then converted to long wave infrared heat rays which is what causes the internal temperature to rise.
The other issues when working in an office filled with computer screens is the solar glare reflecting on the surface and making it virtually impossible to see the screen. Too much bright light over long periods can also be damaging to the eyes which is why solar shading in offices is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle and work productivity.
Our experienced surveyors assessed the grounds of Gunnebo and where able to expose the susceptible areas of the building based on the positioning of the sun during the day whilst considering which offices needed it most. The rooms on the west face of the building is where the sun was making the biggest impact during the afternoon. This side of the building consisted of 5 rooms which housed employees and a meeting room.
We covered these windows with our Antiguan External Roller Blinds to create a first line of defence against solar radiation and glare. By protecting the glass from the external side this prevented the short wave radiation from making contact which eliminated the solar heat gain issue very effectively. We also used a dim out fabric to allow some light through to the space whilst diffusing the solar glare and maintaining the view outwards.
The employees of Gunnebo are now able to work in a cool and comfortable working environment thanks to our automated outdoor window blinds. Don’t let your work force suffer, get your commercial properties protected with the most effective solar shading solutions to improve the efficiency and lifestyle of your valued members of staff.
Enquire today using our quick enquiry form or call one of our knowledgeable advisers on 0344 800 1947.
View our Shading Guide to learn more about the effects of solar radiation.