Bespoke Solutions by Levolux
The following examples give a flavour of the kinds of bespoke shading systems that Levolux is able to offer, by either developing an existing standard system or by starting afresh.
Levolux has a team of CAD trained designers using up to date technology, to progress the design development of non standard bespoke solutions for specific project requirements.
Levolux structures this process to respond to the demands of each project design team, which in turn proves invaluable in terms of efficiency and flexibility.
To ensure co-ordination, design skills are brought into play at the appropriate time throughout the project to provide accurate information for these bespoke solutions to be evaluated and accepted.
Each section gives a short overview of specific projects where Levolux design and manufacturing expertise has been effectively utilised to provide a unique shading solution.
Levolux experience in the bespoke solar shading market is unrivalled in the UK and Europe. Shading systems are exported to many European countries, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong and many other parts of the world.
As building design and customer requirements vary for each project, Levolux specialist designers become involved as early as possible in the planning process to ensure that light, heat and glare control is addressed in the most effective and suitable manner to satisfy both technical and aesthetic requirements.
Bespoke Energy Screens
Levolux Energy Screens exclude solar heat gain during the day and help insulate buildings at night. They are generally large in scale, motorised and solar controlled to take full advantage of heat gain reductions by their use.
Energy Screens are constructed from a combination of steel, aluminium extrusions, perforated and solid aluminium sheets. Glass and timber screens are also available.
Energy Screens can be installed at a fixed angle, or can be operable with a centre or side pivot. The body of the screen can be fully enclosed or single skinned, with “skeletonised” support ribs with flat or curved facings.
Due to their size Energy Screens are generally manufactured in component form and assembled on site. However this may vary dependent upon individual project conditions.
At the CAE project the screens are side pivoted, motorised, with solar controls. Also included are automatic safety strips that stop the shutters moving when pressed to avoid trapping anyone or anything between the screen and the windows.
Bespoke Fabric Panels
Bespoke fixed fabric solutions can be designed for both internal and external shading solutions to protect against solar heat gain and to control glare and light.
These systems comprise of a fixed fabric panel which is attached to a rigid framework to create an effective shading device. The framework is generally manufactured from extruded aluminium sections, either from our standard range or designed specifically for the project. The high performance fabrics are generally fibreglass based with a PVC coating to the yarn, although other fabrics are also available. In all cases a man made fabric is preferred as these are rot resistant, colour fast and extremely stable.
As these solutions are installed on a fixed system, great care must be taken to ensure they are designed in such a way to give maximum protection throughout the year. Levolux designers have access to the empirical data that plots the position of the sun throughout the year, day to day, hour to hour.
At Wimbledon Number One Court, the shades are designed to provide protection for the two weeks of the year the building is used.