Dynamic solar shielding – what does it mean?

According to Somfy, dynamic sunshades are advanced technology for automation
and control external or internal devices such as awnings or blinds by means of an intelligent building system. System receives real-time input from various sensors on sun, wind, temp, presence, etc and combines this input with pre-set data and thresholds based on the requirements from both facility managers and tenants.

The system also offers the possibility of local control, thanks to which it can be adapted to current needs.


Buildings consume around 30% of the world’s energy.

Buildings produce 20% of global CO₂ emissions.

Two-thirds of the energy used in buildings is used for heating and cooling.

From 25% to 35% of electricity costs are due to the use of artificial light.

Depending on the time of day and season, external weather conditions are constantly changing. The interior of the building where users work and live should remain at a stable and as comfortable level as possible, in line with their needs and preferences.

Dynamic solar shading = greater comfort and lower energy consumption

Why dynamic sunshades?

Solar shading can undoubtedly have a direct impact on a building’s climate and energy calculations. In addition to ensuring good thermal comfort, shading affects the need for heating and cooling the building. At a time when primary energy sources are under threat, it becomes even more important to evaluate all technical aspects of a building to ensure an optimal and sustainable solution.
Below we explain why you should consider dynamic sun visors.

Dynamic solar shields ensure energy efficiency in buildings and reduce costs

Thanks to sun visors, it is easier to maintain the optimal temperature in the building without the need to increase the demand for energy.

To create an optimal indoor climate, consider using natural light and heat early in the construction process. Of course, it is also worth assessing it based on other environmental conditions, the location of the building and the choice of facade. Daylight levels that can be maximized and controlled with dynamic shading solutions can help reduce a building’s energy requirements. This is very good news for the wallets of building managers!

Dynamic shading is adapted to the current conditions

The demand for energy-neutral buildings is constantly increasing, and as a result, various insulation solutions are often proposed as part of the construction process. The disadvantage of such solutions is that it negatively affects the thermal effect in the building. But if you choose dynamic solar shading instead, you can help reduce a building’s energy needs with automatic heating and cooling control. Access to natural daylight contributes well to improving the health of users/residents and helps to make better use of energy efficiency. With a dynamic shading solution, energy gains are achieved through the natural use of energy sources such as sunlight, which will, for example, reduce the need for lighting or provide a expected supplement of heat.
If you choose a manual sun visor instead of a dynamic one, you will definitely get some gain, but since manual control often requires human presence or monitoring, the sun visor will not move unless someone tells it to. This can cause the energy to be used in the wrong direction. Real-time data on environmental conditions combined with dynamic programming will give a much better result, also in terms of the environment and natural resources.

Smart solar shading system will improve building comfort

With a dynamic solar shading system, it will be possible to create a better indoor environment with an emphasis on improving the well-being and comfort of the building’s occupants. Daylight management in particular is an important factor in well-being and has a direct impact on health and productivity.

Climate, heat, cold and lighting conditions are constantly changing. In winter, the fingers on the keyboard need to be warm to be able to do work, and in the summer, the head needs to cool down to be able to think. The key to a comfortable life in a building should be ensuring the stability of its internal environment


With dynamic solar shading, energy costs for cooling and heating a building can be reduced by up to 70%.

The EPBD (EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive) recommends dynamic sun protection as an energy-saving solution.

In summary, the key benefits of a dynamic solar shielding system:
  • Lower energy consumption by adjusting the demand for cooling and additional heating of the building
  • A healthier indoor environment. Increased access to natural light improves well-being
  • Increase user productivity with visual and thermal comfort
  • It improves the aesthetic aspect of the façade thanks to the harmonious positioning of sun visors and their coordination

Dynamic solar shading is crucial because it reduces the need for cooling and provides better indoor climatic conditions. In addition, they allow optimal use of daylight.