SHADE STRUCTURES FOR SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
To find out more how our fabric structures may help your project earn LEED certification click here.
In the case of stationary commercial canopies there are 8 clear LEED credits to which can be applied directly. To access our Shade ‘N Net LEED Reference Guide for Stationary Commercial Canopies please click here.
How do Stationary Commercial Canopies mitigate Urban Heat Island Effects (UHI)?
Rising urban development influenced by rising populations continue to put stress of heat islands in urban and developed settings. Urban Heat Islands occur when sunlight energy get absorbed by rooftops, pavements, structures and other open surfaces and then get remitted back into the atmosphere as heat energy into the surrounding air. Downtown and city urban areas usually have densely built building clusters with have limited spacing in between causing more heat to be released. This accumulation of heat energy creates outdoor city temperatures to be up to 8 degrees hotter than rural areas. Shade netting, shade structures, fabric structures, shade canopies may have a direct benefit at reducing UHI of cities due to their innovative net coverings on top of structures. Our shade netting is made from HDPE UV stabilized polyethylene which is permeable and thus allows hot air to escape reducing temperatures underneath by as high as 15 degrees.
Are Shade Structures made from Recycled Material?
Shade Structures or Stationary Commercial Canopies are constructed from recycled steel components backed by LEEDS certification letters.
The top portion of our products are covered with HDPE polyethylene which is a recycled plastic material. Further, UV inhibitors are added to the recycled resin in the extrusion process of manufacturing. To learn more specifically how shade netting can contribute directly to LEED Credits for post-consumer recycled content click here.
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