Shading and Solar Control with Timber

Timber Louvres or Brise Soleils?

What is the difference between Timber Louvres and Brise Soleils? 

The answer is simple: none. They are one and the same. 

'Brise Soleil' is merely French for ‘sun breaker’ or ‘sun blocker’, meaning that the term refers to external solar shading systems in general, regardless of type. 

Consequently, all timber louvres fall under the brise soleil category but not all brise soleil are made of timber louvres, as solar shading systems come in many different shapes, sizes and materials.


Why Choose a Timber Louvre System?


More and more designs integrate shading systems from the initial stages of conception as sustainability and carbon footprint reduction are becoming increasingly important to both architects and clients. 

By harnessing the inherent durability and strength of wood, timber louvres offer an excellent solution to provide shade and minimize the reliance on energy-intensive heating and air conditioning systems.

Timber louvre benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Reduced energy consumption of heating and cooling systems as well as their cost
  • Improved build sustainability and longevity thanks to lower energy demands
  • Plenty of natural light ingress without overheating 
  • Minimised heat gain even without internal blinds 
  • Durable and easy to upkeep with the appropriate maintenance

Best Timber Types for Louvred Solar Shading

Many wood types are suitable for outdoor applications, however there are three materials that stand out the most.


Western Red Cedar

Known for its reds, pinks, and browns, along with exceptional sound insulation, Western Red Cedar proves ideal for external cladding and shading systems, as its natural resistance to warping, rot, pests, and fire up to Building Code 3 further enhances its sustainability and longevity. 


Douglas Fir

With the highest strength-to-weight ratio, Douglas Fir's renowned strength and moisture resistance make it the ideal material for various outdoor features, ranging from timber louvres to cladding and fencing. 



Subjected to an intensive kiln drying process, traditional Ash becomes ThermoAsh, which is exceptionally suitable for exterior applications with its Durability Class 1 rating, outstanding stability, and strength. 


As a standard, Avino timber louvres are made from Western Red Cedar, but more options are available depending on your design needs.

Contact the Avino team today to discuss timber louvres for your next project!