Not sure this is the right place, but I hope so. Our architect is designing our family house according to my requests. We live in Finland, where the recommendations and directives for energy-effective construction just got tighter. Outside temperatures go from -35C to +30C (-31F to +85F).
I'd like to fit my upstairs windows with external roller shutters, in order to keep the bedrooms cool and dark in the summer days (and nights, since the sun sets 11PM and rises at 3 AM . The use of the roller shutters here is a bit controversial during the winter, since they can froze still and remain closed for 6 months... I haven't found a single family house fitted with metallic roller shutters in Finland, and apparently no one seems to sell them here either. "In Finland, do as the Finns do" you could argue, but I want to do a bit differently.
I found interesting shutters from Germany (http://www.wiral.de/seiten/katalog/rolladen.htm ), where the shutters also provide noise and temperature isolation. So the question goes to the world:
- how usual is it to fit windows with roller shutters in new buildings in your country ? All comments and suggestions are also welcome.