ES-SDA European Solar Shading Database Launched

04 March 2016

ES-SO launches Europe-Wide Data Resource for Solar-Shading Products, ES-SDA

Dynamic Shading is an important component in the design of energy saving buildings. Shading is included in the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), and is now a requirement in National Building Codes. For effective implementation, achieving fully the benefits of shading, it’s essential that architects and engineers have ongoing access to reliable, robust data when preparing specifications and performance-calculations.

To support this need ES-SO has taken the initiative to create a new European Solar Shading Products Properties Database, ES-SDA. Its aim is to provide a reference list of independently verified and validated solar shading materials, to ensure correct specification and application in all types of buildings.

The first launch took place in Brussels, 25th february 2016. More to read in the press-release, to be found here 

See all presentations below

A new vision on solar shading,  by Peter Winters, President ES-SO, download here

Part One : the procedure, download here 

Part Two : the outputs and dissemination, download here 

Presentation of ESBO - early stage building modelling tool, by Per Sahlin -  EQUA, download here 

EQUA and ES-SO undersigned an agreement that the input performance data of manufacturers which are validated by ES-SO will be indicated as such.

The ES-SDA solar shading database will also be presented as best case for reliable data on the Qualicheck Workshop 9th March 2016 in Athens, download here the  program

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ES-SO Position Paper 2015

15 April 2015

Solar and daylight management as an essential concept in energy performance buildings, ES-SO Position paper 2015

Solar and daylight management increases the indoor and visual comfort, health and productivity of inhabitants and users and is crucial to avoid overheating in nearly-zero energy buildings. 

In order to achieve the 20-20-20 targets, solar shading solutions should be integrated as a concept by architects and builders in all designs for both new sustainable buildings as well as refurbishments.

Download here the position paper 


ES-SO Position Paper 2015  includes the findings of the ES-SO study 2014 on 'Dynamic shading solutions for energy efficient buildings', download here the executive summary report.


Global lighting performance project, ESTIA -Swiss study

24 February 2015

Year-long scientific study shows that manual operation of shading does not help: human behaviour collides with efficiency. Automation is the answer, both for saving energy and for optimizing natural daylight. Read the summary of the Swiss ESTIA study here.

Position Paper for ventilative cooling

17 October 2014

In general and in particular in nearly Zero-Energy Buildings, there is a very strong tendency to drastically reduce the heating demand. One adverse side effect is that in doing so, it often increases the risk of overheating both in summer and shoulder seasons due to the increased airtightness, insulation levels and solar gains of these high performance building structures. Proper building design strategies can overcome this risk of overheating with little or even no use of active cooling. These strategies include in particular ventilative cooling (i.e. use of ventilation to cool indoor spaces), adequate solar control (dynamic shading) and thermal mass utilisation. In this position paper the Venticool initiative appeals to standard writers and policy makers to provide fair and easy evaluation of the performance of ventilative cooling systems in standards and regulations. Read the position paper 

ES-SO is a member of the Venticool platform, read more in the flyer


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