Despite the Government-sponsored initiative to build more ‘eco-friendly’ homes, we're beginning to see how this scheme has created many unforeseen, and potentially life-threatening problems.
We recently came across this infographic which we felt provided a good representation of the rising issue of overheating in modern homes. The infographic, provided by Parsons Brinckerhoff, demonstrates how this problem shows no signs of wavering, with 83% of Londoners suffering from an uncomfortably hot home last Summer and a further 31% saying they felt unwell as a result of these rising temperatures.
Given there's so much importance (and legislation) focussed on insulation to retain heat in the winter, the insulation of glazing to prevent unwanted heat in the summer is often dismissed. With temperatures continuing to rise due to Climate Change, overheating in buildings is only set to continue, causing the level of discomfort to accelerate.
Although large expanses of glass in modern extensions, renovations and new builds create a light, bright and spacious environment, as you can see this excess heat and light can cause a great deal of problems which could prove detrimental to our health. And with a staggering 54% of people saying overheating would influence their decision when purchasing a home, the demand for a sustainable and cost-effective solution to this issue has never been greater.
This is when external shading solutions, such as our innovative external blinds, really come into their own. Installed to manage the entry of solar heat and light they restore a much cooler and more comfortable interior temperature for inhabitants. By preventing overheating in the Summer whilst eradicating glare all year round, our external blinds outperform any other interior shading device to deliver a passively cooled and naturally lit space whilst adding kerb appeal to the property.
To find out more about our innovative shading systems, complete our quick enquiry form today or see our products in action at Ecobuild where we will be exhibiting from 8th-10th of March. The show, which places an emphasis on sustainability and innovative design, is a great way to gain inspiration and ideas for all your home improvement projects. You can register for tickets completely free of charge here, so be sure to come along and see our superior products in the flesh whilst gaining expert advice direct from the UK's leading external shading specialists.