MONODRAUGHT - Building Materials and Architectural Building Products
Monodraught SUNPIPE® natural daylight systems consist of silverised mirror-finish aluminium tubes that
carry daylight down into the room below. The SUNPIPE natural daylight system terminates in the patented Diamond
dome, which seals the pipe against the ingress of rain, dust or insects, the ceiling diffuser seals the SUNPIPE
natural daylight system at ceiling level.
Solar Boost - This is a solar driven natural ventilation system for the home. In addition to the natural wind
effect, the solar panel will drive the integral fan on sunny days and bring in additional ventilation when it is
Most home extensions requiring planning permission will probably benefit from using their products during the
build. Many Architects or House Extension Designers can incorporate their products within the
scheme design drawings and specifications.
The following article may be of interest for homeowners researching this type of building product for inclusion
within their own house extension scheme.
Daylighting Your Home With Light Pipes
By Chris Rosso
As the "Green" movement marches forward, we're all becoming a little more aware of how our day-to-day lives
affect the environment. This has caused some of us to make small changes in our daily choices, while others take
measures to fully embrace sustainable living, going to far as to take on Earth friendly home improvement projects.
One simple home improvement you can make that adds natural beauty to a room, while reducing your reliance on
natural resources is the addition of solar light pipes.
Solar light pipes, or light tubes, are used for daylighting a home. It's a way of bringing natural sunlight
into rooms that don't lie along the exterior walls of the home, and where a skylight isn't feasible to install.
They are actually cheaper than a skylight anyway, and provide a light more akin to what we're used to.
These light pipes are often made of a pliable metal, and have an interior of a highly reflective material.
This allows the light to reach its destination with little absorption of loss of intensity. To increase the
amount of light that is taken in by the pipes, a domed lens is place on the end of the tube that sits outside
the home on the roof. On the end of the pipe that terminates in the room requiring light, a diffuser is
installed to prevent direct sunlight, and spread the light throughout the room. A solar light pipe can
typically produce as much as, if not more, light than a 100 watt light bulb.
Installing a solar light pipe is the type of project that can take a weekend, but the benefits can be
enjoyed for the life of your home. Also, such Earth friendly home improvements extend the life of our planet,
which is something we can all appreciate.