Brise soleil -€“ the simple option for reducing bills

A brise soleil typically takes the form of a slatted design attached to a building to moderate the amount of sunlight that enters it at different times. They may be mounted vertically, like a wall, or horizontally, like a kind of awning. In each case, the position of the slats allows sunlight to enter a building at lower intensities – for example, during the early morning and late afternoon, or during the winter months. At these points, the light comes from a lower angle, closer to the horizon. In the summer and at hotter times of day, the slats bar the light from the windows. Glass louvres and other external louvres are similar solutions that can be retrofitted to buildings, or alternatively form part of a building’s fundamental design.

The advantages of all of these systems are numerous. The chief benefit is that the buildings to which they are attached are made more comfortable, specifically in terms of temperature. The louvres limit the amount of high-intensity sunlight hitting the windows, whilst allowing passive solar heating at cooler times. This means that they make the buildings cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. That has benefits to both your comfort and your energy bills. Although you may not do away with the need for heating or air-conditioning entirely, brise soleil and louvres make best use of the available sunlight. Better working conditions make for happier employees, too.

Glare is similarly reduced, also making for an environment more conducive to working. For some industries (such as designers and artists) this is important for the preservation of their working materials, too. In other cases glare from the sun is simply an inconvenience which is only uncomfortable but nevertheless highly distracting.

Finally, brise soleil and glass louvres can constitute a key part of the architectural design. External louvres in some cases are a highly attractive feature, and have been built in to make maximum visual impact as well as any benefits in terms of solar heating and cooling. One of the best-known examples of this is the enormous, wing-shaped brise soleil on the Milwaukee Art Museum. This has the additional distinction of being closed at dusk every day, and opened the next day – a celebrated piece of functional art itself. The 217-foot wingspan has become so iconic since its installation in 2001 that it has been adopted as a symbol of the city.

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School uniforms online, the easy way to shop

A good London schoolwear supplier doesn’t just sell school clothes. They sell peace of mind and the knowledge that purchasing school uniforms doesn’t have to entail days of traipsing the high street for every last item your child needs – usually with the child in tow.

Shopping for clothes online has various benefits. For starters, when you buy online – anything, whether it’s clothes, books or computer hardware – you tend to get better prices. That’s because if you buy from a store you’re also paying for their overheads: rent, heating, staffing costs and so on. Not only that but they’re likely to be situated somewhere costly, on the high street where footfall is higher and shops are more competitive. With an online schoolwear supplier, it doesn’t matter where they are operating from. You place your order and it’s posted to your door.

Convenience is another obvious plus. It’s much simpler and less effort to do your shopping over the internet than it is to find the time to travel to the shops and physically search for what you require. You can buy what you want in your lunch hour at work or in the evenings, rather than take a day to get your child kitted out for next term. It also doesn’t matter when you shop – the internet doesn’t have opening hours.

One caveat is sizing, though this doesn’t have to be an insurmountable problem. Take careful measurements and use existing clothes to gauge what you need and you should be able to order school clothes that fit properly without any trouble. On the off-chance that there is a problem, you can always return them and have them exchanged for a different size. Once you have used the same supplier once, you will have a much better idea of how their clothes fit, so it will get easier and easier as time goes on.

A decent London schoolwear supplier will have more than just school clothes. You can treat it like a one stop shop, picking up everything that your child needs – stationary and calculators, equipment for clubs and sports as well as school uniforms. Some will even offer a school delivery service, so even if you leave things until the very last minute you can still make sure the right items will be waiting for them when they arrive at the school gates.

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