Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) December 28, 2011 -- Academy Inc., a leading commercial shade products manufacturer, offers top quality green awnings, as well as green awning installation services, for businesses in the Western United States.
A traditional commercial awning is extremely useful if you are looking to save on energy costs, especially in the summer months. Commercial awnings help keep areas cooler by lowering indoor temperature, lessening the need for constant air conditioning and reducing your power consumption and electricity bill. On a hot day, more energy comes through one square foot of glass than through an entire insulated wall. Solar radiation through glass is responsible for about 20 percent of the load on an air conditioner. An awning can effectively reduce this heat gain, which is especially beneficial for hot climates, such as California and Texas.
The American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers conducted studies which show that during the period of the day when the sun shines directly on southern facing windows, an awning reduces heat gain by 55 to 65 percent. For western exposure, the reduction in heat gain is 72 to 77 percent.
Additionally, the use of green awnings can add significantly to the LEED points of a project under the U.S. Green Building Council LEED guidelines. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most, including energy savings.
During LEED certification, a number of factors for interior environmental quality are analyzed; of which green awnings can improve several of these factors. They decrease the need for air conditioning on warm days, as mentioned above, thus allowing for natural air ventilation through open windows. Additionally, some awnings can be sensor controlled and automatically extended during high sun periods to significantly reduce solar heat gain, and retracted during warmer periods to provide controllable, natural heating. The highest single area for achieving LEED points on a project is the optimization of Energy Performance, which awnings achieve. Utilizing awnings can reduce solar gain by up to 90 percent, by stopping the sun's rays from ever touching the glass. This is far more effective, and potentially less costly, than using thermal-pane glass or window tints and coatings.
In addition to decreasing your energy costs and helping the environment, awnings also allow you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, since you won't have to close blinds or draw your draperies in order to block out the sun. This is especially perfect for those businesses located along the Pacific coast, where blinds would block out a beautiful ocean view.
Clients can custom design their awnings, choosing from multiple patterns and colors, which will serve to beautify their business. Clients can even choose custom metal awnings and brand them with text or graphics, allowing the awning to double as signage for your business. All awnings are designed through Computer Aided Drafting and Rendering (CAD) using full line graphics application.
Once clients have chosen the perfect look for their commercial awning, Academy Inc. will take care of the rest. Academy Inc. has more than 100 years of industry experience in custom manufacturing and installation, so you can rest assured that our experienced professionals have the skills to carry out even the toughest awning installation jobs.