You want a bright room all year round? You wish to enlarge your house by taking advantage of a new luminous space? It is possible thanks to the installation of a bioclimatic pergola on your terrace! A little left aside in the early 2000s, it has been back in fashion for some time. There are countless requests for the installation of bioclimatic pergola or even terrace extensions. But before you start, alone or with a carpenter, it is a good idea to think a little about your project. Here are some answers and trends in bioclimatic pergola.
Choosing your orientation
The orientation of the bioclimatic pergola is the first question to ask when embarking on the project. To make the right choice, we must ask ourselves how we are going to use bioclimatic pergola. Is it to make an artist’s studio, a dining room, a space to sunbathe? Because depending on the end use, the orientation is not the same. Prefer an orientation:
South/South-West for maximum heat throughout the day. Provide blinds or opacifying films if you do not want your bioclimatic pergola to turn into an oven.
North/North-East for maximum freshness as in the direction of most prevailing winds, but be careful as you will be in the shade in the afternoon.
North for an artist’s studio, you will thus benefit from cool (bearable) temperatures to work and you will have no shade in your bioclimatic pergola
South/South-East for an excellent thermal compromise and maximum exposure to the sun. Ideal for uses such as dining rooms or reading rooms
What are the authorizations to have?
The installation of a bioclimatic pergola only requires a simple declaration of works if the surface of the bioclimatic pergola does not exceed 40 m² or if the surface of your bioclimatic pergola does not bring your home to exceed 170 m². If this area exceeds 150 m², you must call in a professional architect. In all other cases, such as a bioclimatic pergola larger than 40 m², you must apply for a building permit.
Which materials to choose and what are the costs?
Generally, bioclimatic pergolas are made with aluminium profiles 5 or 6 mm thick. With double glazing and thermal break technology, insulation is properly provided. A thermal bridge between inside and outside is the transfer of energy (heat) from outside to inside because the inner and outer layers of the profile are not insulated. With a thermal bridge break, the two parts are separated by an insulating material that allows efficient insulation. As for budget, you can expect between 1200$ and 3000$/m² for the top of the range models.
For those who want to combine the useful with the aesthetic, the ideal material is wrought iron. A bioclimatic wrought iron pergola will be a real added value for your home. On the other hand, being on a top-of-the-range product, the price amounts to approximately 3000$/m².