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CRL 8010 Series Single Blade Sunshade System

By C.R. Laurence

The 8010 series single blade sunshade system by C.R. Laurence delivers two key qualities for the façade; controlling solar exposure, and allowing design flexibility. With blade angles that can be adjusted from 0 degrees to -35 degrees, in 5-degree intervals, the adjustable solution allows designers to tailor configurations to the building’s specific geographic location.

A flexible solution was needed to achieve energy performance requirements, says Barbara Haaksma, senior vice president of marketing for CRL. “No two projects are the same when it comes to energy-efficient design. With resiliency and sustainability playing a significant role in building design, the CRL 8010 Series Single Blade Sunshade System offers a versatile and effective solution for reducing solar heat gain. Doing so alleviates interior cooling loads, thus improving energy efficiency.”

The company’s R&D process focused on experimenting with profile blades; the team found that both the rectangular blade and oval/airfoil blade gave the most flexibility in adjusting the blade angle. CRL partnered with a structural engineering company to provide internal testing and certifications.


Norah Dick

Norah Dick

Norah Dick is the associate editor for Glass Magazine. She can be reached at