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Having blinds on the interior of a building is something that comes almost as second nature when thinking about how to create a barrier for the sun or privacy. It’s something we’ve always done in New Zealand and one we continue to do, almost as a habitual part of building designs.

However, it’s not something that’s commonly done globally and there are very valid reasons for this. “In New Zealand, we seem to be somewhat stuck on the idea that the way to deal with sun is once it has already entered a building, rather than before it has the chance to enter,” Lahood’s Clayton Sceats says.

“Overseas, people stop the sun before it enters a room, which has a host of benefits, and it is why exterior blinds come into their own because the heat of the sun is stopped before it has the chance to enter a building and increase the loads on heating or cooling.”

In Australia, it has been common practice to install exterior blinds for a couple of decades, Clayton says, and for much longer in Europe and America.

“For a lot of building designs that aim to be sustainable or meet some form of green rating, solutions such as exterior blinds are becoming a prerequisite and is something we slowly starting to see more of in New Zealand as people become aware of what is available and what can be achieved.

Having blinds on the interior of a building is something that comes almost as second nature when thinking about how to create a barrier for the sun or privacy. It’s something we’ve always done in New Zealand and one we continue to do, almost as a habitual part of building designs.

However, it’s not something that’s commonly done globally and there are very valid reasons for this. “In New Zealand, we seem to be somewhat stuck on the idea that the way to deal with sun is once it has already entered a building, rather than before it has the chance to enter,” Lahood’s Clayton Sceats says.

“Overseas, people stop the sun before it enters a room, which has a host of benefits, and it is why exterior blinds come into their own because the heat of the sun is stopped before it has the chance to enter a building and increase the loads on heating or cooling.”

In Australia, it has been common practice to install exterior blinds for a couple of decades, Clayton says, and for much longer in Europe and America.

“For a lot of building designs that aim to be sustainable or meet some form of green rating, solutions such as exterior blinds are becoming a prerequisite and is something we slowly starting to see more of in New Zealand as people become aware of what is available and what can be achieved.

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“By installing exterior blinds, you are able to significantly decrease the energy loads of a building because the sun doesn’t enter the room or warm up the joinery and therefore internal temperatures.”

Lahood specialises in exterior blind solutions, and the options are varied ranging from roller blinds to venetians and a product known as Vario screens. Each of these products are mounted on the exterior of the building, and Vario screens can be used where fenestrations are on a ceiling.

“Venetian and roller blinds are supported by a stainless steel cable on each side of the product to ensure stability in areas with high wind loadings. People like the option of Venetian exterior blinds particularly because of the level of control available in the ability to tilt the blades to achieve different levels of protection.”

“By installing exterior blinds, you are able to significantly decrease the energy loads of a building because the sun doesn’t enter the room or warm up the joinery and therefore internal temperatures.”

Lahood specialises in exterior blind solutions, and the options are varied ranging from roller blinds to venetians and a product known as Vario screens. Each of these products are mounted on the exterior of the building, and Vario screens can be used where fenestrations are on a ceiling.

“Venetian and roller blinds are supported by a stainless steel cable on each side of the product to ensure stability in areas with high wind loadings. People like the option of Venetian exterior blinds particularly because of the level of control available in the ability to tilt the blades to achieve different levels of protection.”

Exterior roller blinds are generally made of a sunscreen mesh fabric that the occupants of a room can see through when they are closed. In some cases, a block out mesh is used, particularly in settings where privacy is paramount, although even with this material, it is still possible to see out when they are closed.

Venetian blinds are manufactured with solid aluminium slats designed for exterior use and exposure to the elements.

“We often find, particularly in commercial settings, that people want to match the colour of any exterior blind solution to the colour of the building to simplify the overall aesthetic of the facade,” Clayton says. “We provide an exact colour match service to ensure this can be achieved.”

Exterior roller blinds are generally made of a sunscreen mesh fabric that the occupants of a room can see through when they are closed. In some cases, a block out mesh is used, particularly in settings where privacy is paramount, although even with this material, it is still possible to see out when they are closed.

Venetian blinds are manufactured with solid aluminium slats designed for exterior use and exposure to the elements.

“We often find, particularly in commercial settings, that people want to match the colour of any exterior blind solution to the colour of the building to simplify the overall aesthetic of the facade,” Clayton says. “We provide an exact colour match service to ensure this can be achieved.”

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While for the most part, Lahood works with commercial clients, exterior blinds are becoming a favoured option for high-end homes too, something Clayton attributes to clients experiencing the benefits of this solution in overseas settings and realising their potential.

All of Lahood’s exterior blind solutions can be fully automated, and are operable by way of a smartphone app, remote control or mounted wall unit, but they can also be automated to the extent that they include sensors or timers that will prompt the blinds to behave in a certain way at specified times of day or in different climatic conditions.

Make sure you visit Lahood on ArchiPro here to see what is available and why many so many countries have adopted exterior blinds as status quo.

While for the most part, Lahood works with commercial clients, exterior blinds are becoming a favoured option for high-end homes too, something Clayton attributes to clients experiencing the benefits of this solution in overseas settings and realising their potential.

All of Lahood’s exterior blind solutions can be fully automated, and are operable by way of a smartphone app, remote control or mounted wall unit, but they can also be automated to the extent that they include sensors or timers that will prompt the blinds to behave in a certain way at specified times of day or in different climatic conditions.

Make sure you visit Lahood on ArchiPro here to see what is available and why many so many countries have adopted exterior blinds as status quo.

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