Center for Urban Waters building cutaway: solar shades

LEED credit symbol: indoor environmental qualityLEED credit symbol: energy and atmosphereSolar shades, natural ventilation

Solar shading reduces heat gain in the building. This facility has fixed sunshades on the south building facade and motorized shades on the west. These shades are designed to prevent sunlight from directly landing on the windows and heating the building interior. Perforated screens on the east reduce the glare of the early morning sun. Solar shades:

  • Minimize heat gain from the sun.
  • Allow natual light to enter the building.

Windows on the south and west sides of the building can be opened to allow natural ventilation and the breeze off the Thea Foss Waterway to cool the building. Indicators inside the building show occupants when to open windows to maximize cooling. Natural ventilation:

  • Decreases energy use in the facility.
  • Eliminates the need for air conditioning in most office areas.
solar shades
Shades on the west adjust with the sun, reducing heat and glare.
exterior fixed sunshades
Exterior fixed sunshades on the south allow views and keep out direct sunlight.
natural lighting in work area
Solar shades give work areas light, while keeping the building cool.
indicator lights
Indicators near work stations show occupants when to open windows.