MechoSystems designs SolarTrac for Genentech Building Testing

Since buildings are in dire need to save energy and be comfortable led biotech company Genentech to MechoSystems. MechoSystems is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of manual, motorized, and automated shading systems.

MechoSystems’ SolarTrac System, the most advanced automated-shading system on the market, was among the first building systems to undergo FLEXLAB testing.

FLEXLAB physically rotates simulating the motion of the earth. This provides a greaf environment and opportunity to test these different building systems.

Bottom line here: FLEXLAB is capable of rotating up to 270 degrees to simulate solar conditions.

“Even if you’ve got a beautifully designed building, a lot of the problem comes in the operational phase,” says Berkeley Lab Senior Advisor for Building Science, Stephen Selkowitz. “Once you bring people in, you change the dynamics.”


SolarTrac tracks daily sun and sky conditions; automatically adjusting the window shades. This maximizes natural daylighting and protects against heat gain, brightness, and glare. The system ensures that real people are kept comfortable yet reduces overall electric-lighting and cooling demands.

Source: Mecho Systems

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