St. Louis, Missouri - What do you do with 265 skylights that are heating up thousands and thousands of square feet of office space, but sit on top of a pyramidical truss system that prohibits the use of traditional fixed frame shading systems? Oh yeah, these skylights are forty feet off the floor and you cannot use a lift or ladder to reach them because of the permanent cubicles on the floor below.
Univerdant member Syntropy Building Systems in partnership with St. Louis Skylight designed a unique "scroll shade" that could be rolled up into a tube and carried by installers as they climbed out into the truss system. These scroll shades are made of metalized PET film that reflect about 50% of the heat passing through the skylights and were designed to be attached by bungee cords to the truss framing without the need for tools or fasteners. This allowed the installers to work safely and quickly carrying only the shades through the trusses members.
Syntropy Building Systems specializes in custom designed heat reflection components for building envelopes. In many cases, reflecting heat is not enough. In the case of the Maritz Motivation Company atriums in Valley Park, Missouri, Syntropy had to design around worker safety and existing structural limitations. This required thinking outside the box in terms of a shade that could change shape while being installed and eliminated the need for tools and fasteners that only add to the hazard of working high above concrete flooring. From the floor the shades look like they are built on fixed horizontal frames, but they are actually a heat reflective film web stretched between to aluminum rails attached by bungee cords at all four corners of the device.