Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have skylights on my building?
SkyLouver can replace existing skylights in most applications. SkyLouver generally needs slightly more overall surface area than is typically allocated to basic skylights. However, the SkyLouver modules at 5′ x 8′ in footprint are somewhat larger than the average skylight. So in most cases the existing roof openings can simply be enlarged and the SkyLouver modules installed.

How many SkyLouver modules would need for my building?
After completion of a basic energy audit of your building’s lighting and HVAC a building performance model is generated to simulate your building with SkyLouver installed. The optimal number of SkyLouver modules is ultimately a function of the lighting requirements of the space, the heating and air-conditioning needs, the type of roof, the cost of electricity in heating fuel, and any incentives and subsidies that might apply. Typically, one SkyLouver module can cover 500 to 1000 ft.² of floor space.

When is the best time to install SkyLouver?
Tax incentives and utility company rebates are available now. You’ll want to act before these incentives disappear. 

Is SkyLouver suited to multistory buildings?
SkyLouver is designed for large, flat roof commercial buildings. Multistory buildings have less roof area per unit of floor space. Low rise buildings (2 to 3 stories) can benefit from SkyLouver if the upper story has an open ceiling that is suitable.

Does the building have to line up exactly East to West?
The SkyLouver modules are designed for the mirrors to point in a generally southern direction. If the roof trusses of the building don’t line up exactly east or west it’s better to install the modules lined up on the roof trusses up to about 45° from due South.

What about roof pitch?
SkyLouver is not suited for steeply pitched roofs. A moderate pitch of 10° or less is okay.

Is there a residential version of SkyLouver?
Not now. SkyLouver is exclusively a commercial product.