My office in Cambridge UK faces south, so I designed and am sharing the design for this simple demountable awning that can be put up quickly and easily to stop the sun streaming in. This keeps it cool on hot days. I find the shade this provides allowed my office to be at a comfortable temperature, even during the record breaking heatwave of 38.7C in July 2019. The awning can be removed and stored easily when not needed.

As climate change gathers pace and heat waves become more common, energy and cost efficient ways of keeping cool in summer become more important.

You can see a video of how it works here

I am making this available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.  This means that you may use or modify the design for non-commercial purposes, so long as you acknowledge me as the original creator and any derivatives are also shared under the same license terms.

Download instructions for making it here