Brise soleil is a French term that translates as ‘broken sun’. It is an external form of shading that is becoming more popular to regulate the temperature of glazed buildings.
Many people who live or work in glazed buildings will know that the temperature inside can be uncomfortably warm during the summer. Brise soleil offers an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to air conditioning and internal window shades.
Construction of Brise Soleil
Brise soleil, from a specialist such as Alu Systems, is outdoor shading that is made up of several fins. These fins can be angled to deflect the glare of the sun, reducing the intensity and build-up of heat.
Brise soleil can be made from a variety of materials, such as aluminium, wood or fabric, and fitted vertically or horizontally for a pleasing design. Not only can it be used as shading, but larger fins can be used to create walkways on the outside of buildings, which can be useful for maintenance.
Why Brise Soleil is Effective
As described by Physics Weber, the sun travels a path across the sky at different angles, depending on the season. One of the benefits of brise soleil is that it can be adjusted to provide maximum protection from solar glare.
This can be done either manually, or by using automatic motorised systems. Whether it is fitted to a small area of a building or covers a larger expanse, brise soleil provides welcome shading for glazed areas.
Additional Benefits of Brise Soleil
In addition to regulating temperature within a building, brise soleil can reduce the need for expensive air conditioning. This means lower energy consumption and reduced energy costs. It can be retro-fitted and, with an array of design options, it creates a stylish façade to enhance the appearance of any building.