NewsPASSIVE SOLAR PROTECTION SYSTEMSOne of the fundamental aspects for optimizing energy efficiency in the new trends of sustainable architecture is solar protection, which prevents overheating inside buildings. By adequately controlling sunlight, energy is reflected and dissipated outside the living space, thus reducing energy demand. In this respect, the STACBOND® aluminium composite panel has a wide range of application possibilities. Below is a selection of passive solutions for sun protection and the use of natural light.VENTILATED FACADEVentilated façades are an external enclosure system that allows the STACBOND® composite panel to be placed separately from a layer of thermal insulation by means of a supporting structure. This separation distance allows, thanks to the incidence of the sun, to heat the interior air and to generate a current between the panel and the façade. This system achieves optimal thermal and acoustic insulation, as well as effective protection against atmospheric agents.The main advantage of ventilated facades is the energy saving, which is possible thanks to the chamber between the external wall of the building and the composite panel, which causes the thermal transmittance to be reduced and energy saved.OVERHANGS AND COVERSOverhangs are fixed, horizontal solar protection systems that generate shadows on the façade and openings of a building in summer, but in winter allow the solar radiation to pass through. The cantilevers usually protrude about one metre above the façade, although the size should ideally be calculated according to the orientation of the façade. They are a very effective method to prevent our building from heating up excessively in summer, and can reduce the incidence of solar radiation by around 40%. This system is a good option to take into account in single-family houses where, many times, we have more freedom when modifying the exterior of our house.As they are fixed and horizontal elements, cantilevers are less effective in those areas of the building where the sun has a lower angle, such as in the west and east, and are more suitable for use in south-facing areas. The use of STACBOND® composite panel in these systems provides many advantages, such as ease of installation, reduced weight of the substructure and material, and a wide variety of finishes.SLATS AND BLINDSExterior vertical or horizontal slat systems are systems that, when properly adjusted and used, are very effective as a barrier against solar radiation. These systems are usually placed vertically and therefore are especially suitable for those orientations where the solar radiation affects with a minor angle, these are the east and west orientation, where the horizontal solar protection systems are not so effective since the sun is low and it comes to affect the facade and windows.Its main advantage is that, although it avoids the entry of direct solar radiation, it allows the entry of indirect light, achieving a correct illumination of the interiors. It is essential to use these systems in exteriors since, in the interior, once the radiation passes through a glass, they would only serve to filter the light, but would not prevent the heating of the interior space.Slat systems do not have to be used only in front of glass openings, they can also be used to cover the entire façade of a building, like a second skin, generating shade on the façade and thus preventing it from overheating. The mechanical behaviour of the STACBOND® composite panel makes this product an ideal solution in slat systems, and allows the finishes to be unified with the rest of the building’s facade.LATTICESAmong the multiple possibilities of transformation of the STACBOND® composite panel, the perforation offers a wide variety of aesthetic solutions for the filtering of light in the facades. Perforation allows the use of an infinite number of shapes and sizes that can be combined and regular and non-regular patterns, making it an ideal option for the personalization of buildings while greatly improving their energy efficiency.