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Personal control is often considered an essential element of comfort. Yet, it often collides with the efficiency that an automatic control promises. The balance can be found by offering a degree of personal choice during office hours, while leaving the automatic control fully in command the rest of the time. Whether you desire a basic system, related to the sunpath and weather conditions or an intelligent system, which allows full personal light and heat control that takes into account the overall building management system, then Hunter Douglas Blinds has the solution for you.

Hunter Douglas Basic, Advanced, and Intelligent Control Systems allow powerful and efficient operation of Hunter Douglas Sun Control Systems. Personal control is often an important factor when specifying solar control products, so systems can be combined to operate via switches, desktop, or palmtop.

Basic control systems respond to an on-off switch. This switch can be a fixed or a remote controlled unit. The adjustable Sun Control System can be positioned in any angle and therefore this is the optimum personal controllable system.

Advanced control systems respond to a range of controls, including switches and timers. This system supports a limited amount of feedback options like sun and wind sensors in an optimal shading and light regulation.

Intelligent control systems with programmable software. This allows a high degree of freedom in operating the Sun Control System. Connected to the building management system, cooling and heating and even the lighting levels can be controlled. All levels can manually be overruled and an overall reset can be programmed on pre-set moments of the day.

In several reports, strong and convincing arguments have been made that better thermal insulation of buildings will increase energy efficiency and contribute considerably to the goals of the Kyoto Protocol. Among these measures, improved glazing has been repeatedly recommended, along with more insulation. Glazing, however, remains a static element in the building's envelope, while the outdoor climate conditions alter with the seasons and can vary considerably in the course of a day. Solar shading devices, preferably controlled, mobile and automated, will make the solar transmittance through the windows dynamic and adaptable. In that way, both the cooling energy demand in summer and the heating demand in winter can be substantially reduced.

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