The slats of self-supporting external venetian blinds run in a structural guide rail that supports the pelmet and eliminates the need for a pelmet fixing point. A range of rail profiles and pelmet designs provide different visual effects and serve to express the blind as a bold façade element. It is therefore often used to add depth and colour to a facade. The self-supporting type can be utilized with all blade profiles and drive types.
This specialized form of external venetian blind is designed to be incorporated within the wall structure during construction. The module is encapsulated in a sealed cfc free polystyrene case to minimize heat transfer and is an ideal solution for buildings in alpine and cooler climates. For warmer climates experienced in most of Australasia a standard venetian type using a soffit recess created on site is the normal solution.
The facade integrated modules also feature an extremely low stacking depth when the offset head rail version is used. A roller insect screen can be integrated.