Frequently Asked Questions

1.Can SolaVeil be installed on any project or building ?

Yes. SolaVeil is a digitally manufactured on demand for each application and is an enhanced flexible substrate that can be applied to existing or new glass surfaces.

2.Can you give us some more detail on how it operates ?

The core SolaVeil concept is to use digital techniques to combine the best elements of existing light management technologies (Brise Soleil, Louvres, Light Shelves, solar films and window blinds) into a single cost effective solution that eliminates their inherent disadvantages. This new technology creates a step change in light management which in many ways is equivalent to the moment that valves, resistors and other electrical components were integrated on the silicon chip.

3.What happens in winter ? Isn’t solar heat gain something that cuts down on winter heating costs ?

Yes, this is correct. However you need to remember that:
i. Space heating costs are typically 10% of building energy costs in the UK. Cooling is typically 30%. The benefits of reduced cooling costs, more than outweigh any minor increase in space heating costs. (In other climates the difference is even greater.)
ii. Solaveil, when applied to a LOW-E coated substrate, adds an insulating layer to the window reducing the transmission of heat to the outside. Note: This is typically on North facing elevations in Northern climates.

4.Doesn’t it cut down on views ?

Yes to some extent but in practice it provides better overall views than windows using traditional blinds drawn down to combat glare. SolaVeil is a bespoke product and can therefore be digitally tailored to the requirements of the individual building, elevations and sections as required. Typically this would mean providing good views for people sitting at their desk. This is achieved either by having a clear section of SolaVeil or by making SolaVeil more easy to see through depending on the specific needs of an installation. The primary function of a window is to let daylight into a building. SolaVeil enhances the use of light entering the building.
In overcast conditions it is still possible to see though SolaVeil. In sunny conditions, SolaVeil does what it is supposed to do and acts as a source of light. It compares well with blinds which will block out the entire view in sunny conditions and are typically left down even when the sun is not shining.

5.Can I achieve a good ROI and payback with SolaVeil if I do not have Digital Lighting Controls ?

Yes. One of the underlying principles of SolaVeil is to minimise user input. Fact: It is unlikely that users will turn off lights even when SolaVeil is operating thus reducing the potential savings in lighting costs. However, with SolaVeil also eliminating glare and providing large reductions in solar heat gain, potential saving on other treatments and cooling loads will provide a good case for investment when compared to other options. Digital lighting controls enable lighting units to operate at greatly reduced power levels which produce additional lighting energy and cooling savings. This would be determined on a case by case basis.

6.Does SolaVeil cover the whole window ? Why do I need SolaVeil on windows which do not have direct sunlight ?

SolaVeil is applied to the whole window. The digital technology is applied selectively to different sections of a window. For example the top section will typically be predominantly glare control and light projection, the middle section is often transparent or semi transparent to provide a viewing area and the lower sections shaded to provide privacy. However the whole window is covered to provide a baseline thermal performance. SolaVeil is applied to windows without direct sunlight to help retain heat, in winter or cooler conditions, when applied with a low-e coating substrate. Also SolaVeil will reflect light back into the building at night or low light conditions and can provide privacy and a uniformed appearance across the building.

7.Does SolaVeil have issues with dust-build up or cleaning ?

SolaVeil is cleaned in the same manner as all internal glass is routinely cleaned and therefore does not suffer any extra issues. Cleaning guidelines are provided that must be adhered to – these guidelines are the same as for glass cleaning.

8.How is it applied ? Can it be retrofitted to existing buildings ?

SolaVeil was designed to be retrofitted to existing buildings. The application process is simple but technically thorough. Utilising a water based application solution, SolaVeil is applied to existing glazing that has been scrupulously prepared and cleaned.

9.Where is SolaVeil made? ?

It is proprietary technology manufactured in the UK.

10.Is SolaVeil suitable for very hot climates such as UAE or India ?

SolaVeil’s unrivalled ability to reduce solar heat gain and also be manufactured digitally on demand make these regions highly suited for SolaVeil technology. Any region with a commitment to reducing energy usage and related carbon emissions are obvious location to develop our business.

11.What is the likely life cycle of SolaVeil and expected return on investment ?

a. The slowdown in the construction industry, combined with growing environmental awareness, means that energy-saving products like SolaVeil should find a ready market. Cost is always a factor, but with a life cycle greater than 12 years and massive potential energy savings capable of being achieved with SolaVeil, returns on investment are typically 2-3 years.