The SmartAir system developed by Safetyline Jalousie in collaboration with Blue Squared Window Automation has received an Australian Good Design Award.
The highest honor for design and innovation in the country, the annual Australian Good Design Awards program recognizes projects in 11 design disciplines spanning over 30 categories and sub-categories. SmartAir received the prestigious accolade in the Product Design category for its outstanding design and innovation.
This innovative collaboration has revolutionized educational infrastructure, highlighting the importance of ventilation in learning spaces in terms of academic performance and student health.
“It is an honor to accept this award on behalf of the entire Safetyline Jalousie team,” said co-founder and CEO Leigh Rust.
“We will continue to do our best to create better and safer learning environments in which our children can thrive.”
The SmartAir system is a complete turnkey natural ventilation solution that combines Safetyline Jalousie’s high performance, high airflow louvered windows, with sensors and control equipment specifically developed for window automation.
Founder and director of Blue Squared Window Automation, Stephen Van de Gevel is delighted with the collaboration and the success that has enabled him to win the Good Design Award.
“We believe this award reinforces our partnership with Safetyline Jalousie and highlights the benefits of a great product combined with in-depth technical knowledge of natural ventilation,” he said.
“It is a recognition of the growing significance and importance of a properly ventilated building, of how automated ventilation and air quality monitoring can not only improve the health of occupants of the building, but also – given the current economic climate and the energy crisis – reduce costs and increase the energy efficiency of a building.
Unfortunately, ventilation is not a current primary focus in the design of learning spaces in Australia. Air conditioning (AC) is the ideal solution for keeping classrooms cool, but without ventilation, students are exposed to many health risks.
In a full classroom, CO2 levels increase up to four times the optimal amount (from 1,000 ppm to 4,000 ppm). And when there is more CO2 present in classrooms, students can suffer from a lack of oxygen, preventing them from concentrating.
Students may also suffer from headaches and nausea, and feel constantly tired and sleepy due to low oxygen levels. Some of the less common but more serious effects also include eye irritation, allergies, breathing difficulties, the development of asthma, and chronic lung conditions.
Projects awarded an Australian Good Design Award demonstrate excellence in professional design and highlight the impact of a design-led approach to business success and social and environmental outcomes.
The Good Design Awards jury commented: “SmartAir is a unique system that enables natural ventilation in buildings through honest and smart design. It offers a great solution for architects who want to combine comfortable living with unabashedly beautiful design. »
Safetyline Jalousie understands the direct correlation between student academic performance and the health and indoor air quality in learning spaces. By providing a pre-programmable, fully automated, proven and complete turnkey air quality solution, it is possible to monitor the temperature, CO2 and humidity levels of any learning space.
Automation allows louver windows to respond to environmental conditions without the need for human intervention – essentially allowing the building to breathe on its own. SmartAir measures and monitors CO2, temperature and humidity, and before reaching dangerous levels, will notify and operate louvered windows in a classroom to open and provide fresh air while exhausting the contaminted air.
Not only is this air quality solution relevant to student health and performance, it is also vital to Australia’s recovery from COVID-19. With the SmartAir system, Safetyline Jalousie is helping to protect the health and wellbeing of children and adults across Australia.
Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia and Chairman of the Australian Good Design Awards, said: “To be recognized with an Australian Good Design Award is a significant achievement, given the incredibly high standard of projects submitted for this year’s awards. The Good Design Award is a valuable independent recognition of professional design quality. This tells the world that this project not only represents design excellence, but also exceeds the criteria for design innovation and impact.