SHADE STRUCTURES FOR SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Stationary commercial canopies or fabric structures have been recognized to produce a number of sustainable design benefits. Today, more Architects and Landscape Architects are seeing the value of including our shade structures in their project in an efforts to earn LEED points for environmentally friendly actions taken during the design and building process. Shade canopies are described as stationary commercial canopies which may be attached to a building at one end and supported by posts at the other, or constructed independent of a building. Our shade products fall into the latter category due to their permanent building nature with standalone engineering to withstand wind load requirements.
While the LEED certification for projects is purely voluntary it projects positive environmental value to communities today. Additionally, more green building practice is leading to increased energy and cost savings, better indoor air quality and more filtered daylight into buildings. Stationary commercial canopies may be featured in between buildings, walkways, adjacent (while standalone) to buildings creating cooler cushions underneath due to the permeable nature of the shade netting.

To find out more how our fabric structures may help your project earn LEED certification click here.

Recent research analyzed four standard shade products, namely Stationary Awnings, Drop-arm (adjustable) window awnings, Exterior solar shades and Stationary Commercial Canopies finding that fabric structures are able to contribute significantly to assist project achieve at least 11 LEED credits directly with the potential at achieving an additional 11 LEED credits indirectly. While it has to be clearly understood that shade structure products and awnings are merely one element of the rating system criteria they are able to play a supporting role in the achievement of LEED credits.

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.