Deans Are Following DoE Guidelines on Heat and Glare Control in Schools
The U.K. Department of Education (DoE) has issued guidelines aimed at controlling temperatures in schools. These include the provision of blinds and awnings for shading. Here are some extracts from the notes:
Regulation 7 Temperature states:
"During working hours, the temperature must be reasonable; and that excessive effects of sunlight on temperature must be avoided."
If the temperature is uncomfortably high because of building design; all reasonable steps should be taken to achieve a reasonable comfortable temperature, for example: shading of windows.
They go on to say:
"Overheating in classrooms and over-glazed larger spaces such as libraries and learning resource centres is a frequently reported problem as noted by post occupancy and staff surveys".
The adaptive thermal comfort method from EN 15251 together with the guidance CIBSE TM52: The limits of Thermal Comfort and CIBSE KS16: How to Manage Overheating in Buildings have been adopted by the DoE to address the problem of overheating in schools.
The sensible alternative to overheating is the installation of blinds, internally for glare. And retractable awnings, externally for solar control. The solutions are an effective and more environmentally friendly alternative to air-conditioning.
In response to the government guideline, the quality solar-shading products manufacturer and installer, Deans Blinds and Awnings, have electronically controlled blind systems that can be programmed to work in automatic response to light and glare. Thus removing the need for manual control and allowing total building management.
Further, the notes from the DoE go on to recommend that "shelter outdoors can be provided by planting as well as structures". The Deans Pratic free standing retractable awning systems are ideal for providing these recommended facilities.
Find out more on Deans' website at https://www.deansblinds.co.uk/catalogue/section/commercial-awnings/school/ or call Deans on 020 8947 8931 to speak with one of their experts.