As I present my Lunch & Learn program Exterior Shades – The Next Generation in Window Coverings, to architects, designers and consultants across the USA, I find myself addressing some similar misconceptions about this new trend in window shades. The most common myths about Exterior Shades are:
- Exterior shades can not survive stormy weather conditions
- They must have a short life expectancy
- Maintenance is problematic
- Interior shades are more economical then Exterior Shading Solutions
Before I address these myths one by one, it is important to understand that Exterior Solar Shades are becoming a significant part of many growing trends in architecture. For example, the Passive House movement has been gaining popularity in the USA. With the requirements of the Passive House to reduce energy costs by 90% over a traditional constructed home, Exterior Shading Solutions are becoming an integral part of Passive House design.
As a functioning element on the building façade, Exterior Shading Solutions are considered a part of Kinetic Architecture. Kinetic architecture is a concept through which buildings are designed to allow parts of the structure to move, without reducing overall structural integrity. Kinetic Architecture is becoming a force in sustainable building across the globe and a significant contributor to a growing trend in Exterior Window Shades. If these shades are to be successful as moving part of a structure, they must be reliable and robust. With that said, let’s examine the 4 most common myths about Exterior Shading Solutions: