May 2012
Welsh Technology Company in Whitehall Success
PRESS RELEASE
Technology Strategy Board
Energy Efficient Whitehall Buildings
Manufactured and distributed by Cardiff based company Daylight Business Solutions, SolaVeil® has been one of the outstanding successes of the recent Technology Strategy Board Competition “Energy Efficient Whitehall” following the installation of its solar energy control and daylight management technology at The Department of Communities and Local Government, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London.

“I want to thank you for your efforts on the project at CLG, Eland House, yours has been one of the Energy Efficient Whitehall successes; and your final report was outstanding. I wish you well with further developments.”
Ian Meikle, Technology Strategy Board
A retrofitted building energy solution, SolaVeil® ground breaking innovation has demonstrated significant energy savings at CLG Eland House whilst improving the working environment of its occupants since its installation in early 2011.

The aim of the competition was to address the Government’s procurement needs to improve energy efficiency within their buildings, CLG Eland House being the first UK government building chosen to benefit from the competition.

The application of SolaVeil® successfully demonstrated the potential for buildings to benefit from increased internal light levels through better management of natural daylight entering buildings through glazing. By reducing the transmission of solar heat gain and glare whilst providing solar illumination, SolaVeil® has also successfully demonstrated its ability to provide significant savings in terms of a building’s demands on cooling and lighting energy costs, whilst also reducing carbon emissions.

“Our Daylight Management technology offers more than one benefit, can be installed quickly and provides a cost effective solution to one of the most pressing issues of our time.”
Brian Hughes, Technical Director, Daylight Business Solutions
The patented technology utilises digitally manufactured surface arrays to control and stabilise the transmission, reflection and diffusion of solar radiation entering the building envelope. As a bespoke engineered solution for each individual building, SolaVeil® also enables other installed energy efficient technologies to be fully optimised and building monitoring systems to be fine-tuned for optimum energy performance.

Not only does SolaVeil® provide energy and carbon savings, the technology also has major environmental benefits to health and well-being by delivering greater amounts of natural daylight to buildings and through its remarkable inherent anti-microbial properties, which are of particular relevance to both the Healthcare and Education sectors.

Simply applied to existing glazing as a retrofit solution, there is the minimum of disruption to day to day functions and operations. Whole buildings can be quickly and easily treated and energy paybacks of between 2 to 4 years, dependent upon the building type and age being treated. SolaVeil technicians carry out detailed surveys of each building in order to provide accurate energy performance projections detailing how the individual requirements and operational objectives of each building can be met through the customised application of SolaVeil.


For more information contact:

Alistair Emery MRICS (Managing Director)
Commercial Enquiries

Brian Hughes MA (Technical Director)
Technical Enquiries

The work reported here has been funded by the Technology Strategy Board under the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) under the Energy Efficient Whitehall programme.






March 2012
Warwick NHS Trust has chosen to install SolaVeil, a unique environmental material that controls natural daylight to create healthier low carbon environments.
SolaVeil properties will enhance internal lighting levels with natural daylight and reduce solar heat gain. Artificial lighting and cooling requirements will be lowered, making significant contributions to energy reductions and improving thermal comfort for patients and staff alike. SolaVeil also possesses remarkable anti-microbial properties that are achieved without the aid of any biocidal additives.

“Under the conditions of the test, E coli was able to grow on an inert material and increased approximately 10-fold whereas the numbers of MRSA were reduced by 53%. Under the same conditions, these bacteria were reduced by > 99.99% on fresh SolaVeil and on SolaVeil that had been in service for 4 years MRSA was also reduced by > 99.99%. Growth of E coli was inhibited and the population was reduced in size resulting in a difference of 98.7% compared with an inert material under the same conditions.” Industrial Microbiological Services Ltd – Report No: IMSL2011/11/007.A-2

The sustainability challenges facing healthcare facilities and their managers today is enormous in its scale and complexity. This combination of environmental properties, when applied within a healthcare environment, has the potential to meet and surpass the conflicting demands of reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, and the need to provide and create better and safer facilities.

“Better building design could not only cut energy costs by a quarter but could also increase the productivity of the NHS’s 1.3 million-strong workforce by between 6 and 16 per cent” Taking the Temperature - The NHS Confederation

The NHS, one of the biggest employers in Europe, spends £400m on energy every year and is responsible for the emission of 1 million tonnes of carbon each year. Building energy alone accounted for 22% carbon emissions 220,000 metric tonnes of Carbon, which equates to £88 million in energy costs. Ensuring hospitals are clean and safe is an essential component in the provision of effective healthcare. It is fundamental in assisting patients to recover and help in the prevention and control of the spread of healthcare associated infections. Maintenance, as well as cleaning, is essential to ensuring a safe and aesthetically pleasing environment. It is recognised that as buildings and equipment become old, they often become more difficult to keep clean. The application of SolaVeil to healthcare buildings creates cool naturally lit environments that benefit fully from the known well-being benefits of natural daylight whilst also having the potential to:

  • Reduce Energy Usage
  • Reduce Carbon Emissions
  • Reduce Cleaning Costs
  • Mitigate the need for Window Blinds and Curtains
  • Remove potential reservoirs of infection
  • Create a healthier and more natural environment
  • Extend operational life of energy components
  • Provide a low cost upgrade to the building fabric

A SolaVeil installation has a very low operational impact on the day to day functions of a facility, being quickly retro-fitted to existing glazing in situ. As an enabling technology, SolaVeil also provides the means through which digital lighting controls and building management systems can be fully optimized.

“Upgrading existing buildings with energy-saving devices could have a significant impact on energy consumption and subsequently on carbon emissions. Improvements worth undertaking include changes to the building fabric (such as insulation) and additions that increase operational efficiency (such as motion-sensor lighting and building management systems). The evidence suggests that where possible energy efficient refurbishments should be encouraged over demolition and re-build – as being much more carbon efficient.” Taking the Temperature - The NHS Confederation

Notes: The full impact of Solaveil® Environmental Solutions will vary from facility to facility and will be governed by a number of interrelated factors. Age of building, location and orientation, age of installed building equipment – lighting, Hvac, Building management systems, automated lighting controls etc. A full SolaVeil® building survey and discussion with the relevant healthcare professionals will enable the potential environmental benefits to be assessed and an implementation plan created. For further information on SolaVeil® Environmental Solutions, please contact:

 

info@solaveil.co.uk

 

 

19th April 2010
“Green Technology will facilitate the development of knowledge in society to enhance a sustainable and better way of living. The Malaysian government will give its unlimited commitment towards Green Technology”

People recently participated in the 3rd edition of the MALAYSIA IBS INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION that was held from the 5 to 7 April 2011 at the Construction Industry Development Board Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur It is estimated that more than 500 representatives visited our stand during the 3 day exhibition.

A full spectrum of visitors from public listed and private companies as well as over one hundred and fifty seven (157) various ministries and government agencies, expressed an interest in the unique energy saving features of SolaVeil.

SolaVeil is the only energy efficiency solution that effectively enables commercial buildings to maximise their use of natural daylight, providing an integrated design to balance the heat load of the fenestration system against the required day light illuminance levels and visible transmittance, thereby capturing both cooling, lighting energy savings and maintaining external views completely eliminating environmental discomfort.

Arvensis Consultancy & Design is the appointed distributor and representative of SolaVeil UK Limited in Malaysia. “Green Technology will facilitate the development of knowledge in society to enhance a sustainable and better way of living.

The Malaysian government will give its unlimited commitment towards Green Technology” Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak Prime Minister of Malaysia Regional Construction Week (RCW) 2011 Regional Construction Week (RCW) 2011 is a Special Program initiated by CIDB as a platform to gather industry players in each zone with the aim to effectively disseminate construction updates, direction & industry programs.

Last week's MIIE 2011 marked the start of RCW 2011 nationwide rally. This year, RCW 2011 will be held at 2 states. RCW Johor 2011 (April 26th to 28th) and RCW Kota Kinabalu 2011 (May 24th to 26th) SolaVeil will be participating in RCW Johor 2011 from April 26th to April 28th 2011.



 

19th April 2010
Small Hi-tech Welsh company
enters the world stage

Content Innovative Welsh company, Digital Surface Research Ltd (DSR), offers property owners and building occupiers worldwide a ground-breaking new technology – SolaVeil - that can reduce building energy consumption by up to 70 percent

Cardiff, Wales, 30th June 2009: Digital Surface Research Ltd - developers of SolaVeil, the ground-breaking digital surface technology that enables companies to significantly reduce their building energy usage - is a prime example of a Welsh design and technology business that is creating new approaches to energy conservation and efficiency on a national and international level.

Under development since 2007, SolaVeil is an energy efficiency solution that can be simply applied to existing window glazing as a retrofit, or integrated into factory manufactured sealed units. SolaVeil has the ability to enhance productive office environments by increasing natural illumination whilst cutting energy costs for lighting, heating and cooling.

Brian Hughes, inventor and Technical Director at Digital Surface Research, which is headquartered in Cardiff, is the brain behind this pioneering new technology. Hughes saw a gap in the market and an opportunity to develop an easily applied product that would enable companies to achieve optimum lighting control within their buildings and gain the benefits of natural daylight.

Hughes comments: “The increasing awareness of climate change and dwindling world energy resources, coupled with the severe economic recession, has sharply focused the minds of both political and business leaders to find solutions to the significant environmental issues of energy use and waste. With the UK having an average of only 4 ½ pure sunlight hours daily, maximising these renewable energy hours is an important first step in this process.

“We’ve therefore developed a surface treatment to glass that maximises renewable energy hours through natural light. The result is a reduction in the total amount of energy required to light buildings day and night, and a reduction in the amount of energy required to cool the building due to solar heat gain through glass. Research has shown that more natural daylight leads to a greater sense of wellbeing, which results in greater productivity and health.”

SolaVeils clients include Oxford County Hall, design and engineering consultancy Scott Wilson, Welsh Joint Education Committee, and the Nationwide Building Society Cardiff. The company has seen significant growth under the guidance and leadership of its newly appointed Board, which includes high profile energy performance and digital technology experts.

Hughes continues: “You can have a great product, but if you don’t have the right calibre individuals to drive the product forward and make it a commercial success, even the best innovations will fail miserably. I am really excited about the quality of the product, and the ability of the people, research and technology partners who are committed to the aims of the business. It is my firmly held belief that we have a singular opportunity to take this unique SolaVeil technology developed in Wales to the world.”

January 2011
Technology Strategy Board
Energy Efficient Whitehall Buildings
The Department of Communities and Local Government, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London has been chosen as the first UK government building to benefit from the installation of SolaVeil.

Following an exhaustive selection process carried out by the Technology Strategy Board, as part of its ‘Energy Efficient Whitehall Buildings’ initiative, SolaVeil’s ground breaking energy efficiency innovation will be installed to a selected area of the building to demonstrated energy savings.

The competition was designed to address the Government’s procurement needs and to prepare UK businesses to benefit from opportunities to retrofit buildings to improve energy efficiency.

The initiative is aligned with national policies to reduce carbon, and government targets to improve energy efficiency in its own buildings targets through a 34% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

The Government’s ambitions are:
  • To allocate carbon budgets to government departments, which includes emissions from their own buildings and operations
  • To set targets to reduce carbon emissions from government buildings by 12.5% by 2010/11, and 30% by 2020
  • To raise awareness of energy efficiency in large organisations, especially at senior level, and to encourage changes in behaviour and infrastructure

The challenge is to demonstrate solutions that reduce demand for energy (particularly electricity), that can be widely introduced, and that enable the biggest cuts in CO2 emissions per pound spent.

The objectives are:
  • To pilot innovative energy-efficient retrofit solutions for government buildings in Whitehall
  • To identify solutions that enable major improvements in the energy performance of typical government offices and that can be used in many UK office buildings to provide market opportunities for UK companies.

The work reported here has been funded by the Technology Strategy Board under the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) under the Energy Efficient Whitehall programme.


 

March 2012
SolaVeil Technology meets the challenges of New Building Regulations
SolaVeilSolar Gains in Part L 2010

Headline Challenges of Criterion 3

“Air-conditioned buildings with large areas of glazing are likely to fail the requirements of the new Part L by a significant margin, unless something is done to control solar gain.”

Criterion 3 is a new regulatory approach to limiting solar gains in non-domestic buildings.

Proposed limit on solar gain per unit area of façade, applies to both naturally ventilated and air conditioned spaces.

The focus is on minimising building energy demand.

Design Compliance
Overheating is a design issue, not a compliance one.
Excellent solar protection is required where highly glazed facades are proposed.
Any zone that is either occupied or mechanically cooled is subject to the new solar gain limit check (this includes second-hand solar).

Solar gain limits are set by solar energy aggregated between April and September.

Passive components- reduce energy demand by making the building envelope as efficient as possible - reduce heat loss from conduction and infiltration, optimise the solar gain reduction in terms of facade design.

Active component – install high efficiency HVAC and lighting
systems that are property commissioned and controlled.

Bolt-on air conditioning is no longer a ‘fix’ to compliance, solutions are now expensive or affect building’s form.

Compliance is related to solar gains only, not internal gains or overheating.

Overheating and internal temperature remains as a design issue.

Trade off between limiting solar gains and maximising benefit of daylight impacts on overall compliance.


For more information on meeting the challenge of meeting Criterion 3 of Part L 2010 please contact Brian Hughes or Nigel Dawson.

 

 

19th April 2010
“If today a business didn’t have a health and safety policy or an equality and diversity policy, for example, they wouldn’t get a look in with the public sector. The same is becoming true with low carbon strategies.”

People love natural light. Subconsciously, unknowingly, we seek out sunlit places and enjoy spending time in natural light. Beyond this desire, however, are some tangible benefits to adding natural daylighting into buildings.

Studies have proven daylighting makes employees more comfortable and productive. Reduced absenteeism, employee satisfaction and higher productivity are all bottom line benefits from the use of natural daylighting. An increase of just 1% in productivity provides enough financial savings to a company to pay their entire energy bill.

In a jointly published study, Greening the Building and the Bottom Line: Increasing Productivity Through Energy-Efficient Design, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Rocky Mountain Institute describes these benefits in greater detail. This study provides numerous case studies of documented proof of the effects of natural light.

Wal-Mart (to your surprise) has discovered great value in natural daylight. Beyond the energy savings, Wal-Mart discovered an additional benefit. In their Lawrence, Kansas store, they found (possibly by accident) sales in the daylit portion were twice that of the artificially lit portion. They also found the cash registers that extended under the daylit portion rang in twice as many sales as the artificially lit ones. More information is available on the Wal-Mart Web site.

Of course, simply adding windows to a building is not enough, light brings with it potential heat and glare. A good architect knows how to control, diffuse and use light to create a healthy and comfortable indoor environment.

 

 

 

 

 

19th April 2010
Small Hi-tech Welsh company
enters the world stage

Content Innovative Welsh company, Digital Surface Research Ltd (DSR), offers property owners and building occupiers worldwide a ground-breaking new technology – SolaVeil - that can reduce building energy consumption by up to 70 percent

Cardiff, Wales, 30th June 2009: Digital Surface Research Ltd - developers of SolaVeil, the ground-breaking digital surface technology that enables companies to significantly reduce their building energy usage - is a prime example of a Welsh design and technology business that is creating new approaches to energy conservation and efficiency on a national and international level.

Under development since 2007, SolaVeil is an energy efficiency solution that can be simply applied to existing window glazing as a retrofit, or integrated into factory manufactured sealed units. SolaVeil has the ability to enhance productive office environments by increasing natural illumination whilst cutting energy costs for lighting, heating and cooling.

Brian Hughes, inventor and Technical Director at Digital Surface Research, which is headquartered in Cardiff, is the brain behind this pioneering new technology. Hughes saw a gap in the market and an opportunity to develop an easily applied product that would enable companies to achieve optimum lighting control within their buildings and gain the benefits of natural daylight.

Hughes comments: “The increasing awareness of climate change and dwindling world energy resources, coupled with the severe economic recession, has sharply focused the minds of both political and business leaders to find solutions to the significant environmental issues of energy use and waste. With the UK having an average of only 4 ½ pure sunlight hours daily, maximising these renewable energy hours is an important first step in this process.

“We’ve therefore developed a surface treatment to glass that maximises renewable energy hours through natural light. The result is a reduction in the total amount of energy required to light buildings day and night, and a reduction in the amount of energy required to cool the building due to solar heat gain through glass. Research has shown that more natural daylight leads to a greater sense of wellbeing, which results in greater productivity and health.”

SolaVeils clients include Oxford County Hall, design and engineering consultancy Scott Wilson, Welsh Joint Education Committee, and the Nationwide Building Society Cardiff. The company has seen significant growth under the guidance and leadership of its newly appointed Board, which includes high profile energy performance and digital technology experts.

Hughes continues: “You can have a great product, but if you don’t have the right calibre individuals to drive the product forward and make it a commercial success, even the best innovations will fail miserably. I am really excited about the quality of the product, and the ability of the people, research and technology partners who are committed to the aims of the business. It is my firmly held belief that we have a singular opportunity to take this unique SolaVeil technology developed in Wales to the world.”

19th April 2010
Sun Chemical and SolaVeil sign
Joint Development Agreement

People Sun Chemical and SolaVeil have signed a Joint Development Agreement to further enhance the performance of SolaVeil product offerings to provide even greater results in reducing energy usage and CO2 emissions for the built environment.

SolaVeil when applied to windows significantly reduces Solar heat gain by over 80% and UV by 99.9% while allowing the maximum natural daylight to pass through into a building interior. Not only does this provide a better environment for working, learning and healing, but it also significantly reduces air-conditioning costs and lighting costs.

The Joint Development Agreement is a commitment to continually evolve the material components of SolaVeil which drive its performance. Planned new developments mean SolaVeil will have even a greater impact on solving climate change and energy issues associated with buildings.

“This agreement comes at a very significant time for the property sector that is facing ever greater challenges with impending Carbon Reduction Commitment legislation, rising energy costs whilst working hard to attract and retain tenants. In a time when Government and the private sector are looking for answers , as illustrated in Copenhagen at the recent Climate Change Conference, we provide a solution.”

“SolaVeil is already one of the most cost effective, quickly applied solutions available to meeting these challenges, now with this agreement, and the results it is expected to deliver, it will be even more compelling.”

“Sun Chemical is keen to explore opportunities to develop its digital business and the combination of new technology with an eco-friendly application is very attractive. We see SolaVeil as a solution with great growth potential and one which we support whole heartedly” says Peter Saunders, Global Sales & Marketing Manager of SunJet, the digital division of Sun Chemical. “We are excited at the prospect of utilizing our expertise in digital chemistry with the application experience of SolaVeil to continually evolve a product that demonstrably improves a buildings performance and habitability.”

“We have had a relationship with Sun Chemical for some time. This agreement formalizes that relationship and demonstrates the commitment of a very large multinational and world leader in their field in Sun Chemical, to SolaVeil.” says Brian Hughes, SolaVeil's founder and the inventor of SolaVeil. “Not only am I excited by the potential for SolaVeil and its impact on buildings in the office, retail, education and healthcare space, but I am also excited about the possibilities for Wales to play a greater role on the World stage in addressing the climate change challenge.”

 

 

 

 

 

19th April 2010
Technology Strategy Board
Energy Efficient Whitehall Buildings

The Department of Communities and Local Government, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London has been chosen as the first UK government building to benefit from the installation of SolaVeil.

Following an exhaustive selection process carried out by the Technology Strategy Board, as part of its ‘Energy Efficient Whitehall Buildings’ initiative, SolaVeil’s ground breaking energy efficiency innovation will be installed to a selected area of the building to demonstrated energy savings.
The competition was designed to address the Government’s procurement needs and to prepare UK businesses to benefit from opportunities to retrofit buildings to improve energy efficiency.

The initiative is aligned with national policies to reduce carbon, and government targets to improve energy efficiency in its own buildings targets through a 34% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
The Government’s ambitions are:

  • To allocate carbon budgets to government departments, which includes emissions from their own buildings and operations
  • To set targets to reduce carbon emissions from government buildings by 12.5% by 2010/11, and 30% by 2020
  • To raise awareness of energy efficiency in large organisations, especially at senior level, and to encourage changes in behaviour and infrastructure.

The challenge is to demonstrate solutions that reduce demand for energy (particularly electricity), that can be widely introduced, and that enable the biggest cuts in CO2 emissions per pound spent.

The objectives are:
To pilot innovative energy-efficient retrofit solutions for government buildings in Whitehall
To identify solutions that enable major improvements in the energy performance of typical government offices and that can be used in many UK office buildings to provide market opportunities for UK companies.