GREENHOUSE TECHNOLOGY Moves into commercial and domestic buildings
Swedish company Ludvig Svensson is one of the world’s leading producers of climate screens to control light, glare and heat.
The company started in 1887 and today manufactures millions of meters of screens for the horticultural industry. Here the climate control is founded for quality, quantity and reduced running costs.
The technology is changing rapidly, until five years ago all screens were aluminium and polyester, today 80% is now white polyester.
The research and development is constantly changing and todays growers talk about 2% to 5% changes in climate control. Changing climate conditions are with us and the same applies to our commercial and domestic glass windows and roofs.
Today finding the right balance of light entering interiors and outdoor spaces, benefits a healthy stylish and comfortable living environments.
For inside commercial and domestic windows/atriums the light that has entered is converted into heat. Usually blinds and louvers are used to try to manage the light but today the greenhouse technology can help a lot.
Firstly the screens/blinds need to open and close so that we can maximize the benefits and reduce running costs for both winter and summer. Secondly the colour is practical and white is the most efficient colour and can be used in varying degrees of transmission.
The more efficient the screen the greater the control, not only of light but also glare. Reducing summer cooling costs and winter heating costs can be as much as 40% difference between no screen to aluminium and now to white screen.
Outside screens are also very important for your comfort. How often have you overheated under a polly/glass balcony roof or sat under a black shade and felt the heat press down on you?
Not only do the new greenhouse screens solve these issues but at night time they reflect back long wave radiation. Night screens can mean up to 40c to 5oc warmer making the outdoor living area far more enjoyable.
Optimising climate control is important, functional climate screens control humidity, temperature and UV radiation, improving the lives of both people and plants.