Kindow Verticals are optimal for full glass facades, allowing for daylight transmission from floor to ceiling. A great choice for buildings situated in countries further from the equator. Here the sun will be positioned low at the horizon over long periods of the year and our sun tracking verticals will still allow openness over the full height of the glass.
Kindow Verticals track the sun automatically, facing the sun. The blinds prevent glare from direct sunlight while creating more openness during the day to allow for more view and diffuse daylight to enter. The blinds open automatically when cloudy.
Summer And Winter Mode
Both sides of the vertical blinds can be used effectively. In summer the reflective side of the blinds will face the sun in order to keep out heat, while in winter the absorptive side will be used to harvest heat. Resulting in a lower cooling load during summer as well as a lower heating load during winter.
When there are no people present, energy demand for cooling or heating becomes leading. Cooling demand will be minimized by fully closing the blinds. Heating demand is minimized by opening the blinds parallel to the angle of the sun.
At night all systems in the building will be open or closed depending on the user’s demands for appearance and the reduction of cooling/heating. The reflective side of the verticals will be turned inwards during winter to reflect heat radiation inside.
Kindow partners with the research group ‘Building Performance Simulation’ of the Technical University of Eindhoven (TUe) to quantify the effect on energy usage and user comfort with scientific building simulation models. The performance of our products becomes clear by comparing it to a reference application of automated exterior screens that will fully close when the sun is on the facade.
** Automation based on solar radiation outside: the system will close completely when solar radiation exceeds 200W per m2.
*** Daylight autonomy reflects the percentage of occupied time when daylight has a potency of mimimum 300lux, 4 meters into the space.
**** View is expressed in occupied time with unhindered view (being able to look outside in a straight line from desk or workarea).