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During warm summer months, overhangs block unwanted direct sunlight from solar glazing, reducing cooling loads.

Locate an overhang above solar glazing (facing the equator – south in northern latitudes and north in southern latitudes).

Extend the overhang projection approximately:

  • 1/4 the height of the opening at 28°L to 32°L
  • 1/3 the height of the opening at 36°L to 40°L
  • 1/2 the height of the opening at 44°L to 56°L

Exterior horizontal louvers can also be used to shade south glazing. Use the above guidelines to size the louver projection as a fraction of the distance between louvers.

In hot climates (28°L or less) that do not require any heating, extend overhangs, roof, or shading devices to cover the entire solar façade and adjacent outdoor living spaces.

 

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Solar Shading
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Overhang

A horizontal overhang is a straightforward method for shading solar glazing in summer.

Louvers

Exterior horizontal louvers are an effective method for shading solar glazing in summer, especially for sloped glazing.

Special Considerations

Conditions where additional strategies should be employed to control solar heat gain.

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