Price of a bioclimatic pergola

A bioclimatic pergola is a guarantee of an effective outdoor shelter that is built to last. You're creating a new living space shielded from the sun, wind and rain. Modern and boasting incomparable aesthetics, these louvred-roof pergolas with rotating slats lend a certain cachet to your property. The price of a bioclimatic pergola is often given by the m² and varies considerably depending on the materials used and the elements integrated into its design. Here we present the different options and models you can find on the market to help you determine the cost of a bioclimatic pergola.

pergola alu toiture lamesEstimating the price of a bioclimatic pergola according to its type

Before comparing the different types of bioclimatic pergola, let's look at its main functions.

What is a bioclimatic pergola?

The term bioclimatic refers to a building designed to take advantage of renewable energies. A bioclimatic building adapts to the climate of its surroundings and uses the resources in the most natural way possible. 

Choosing this type of pergola enables you to reduce your energy consumption and make savings while at the same time helping to protect the environment. 

In our case, a bioclimatic pergola exploits the natural elements thanks to its louvred roof made up of rotatable slats. These allow you to enjoy the sun's heat, natural ventilation by creating a light draught and protection from UV rays, wind and rain. You have optimal thermal comfort and make savings on heating, air conditioning and electricity. 

The price of a bioclimatic pergola varies depending on its type and its various components. It will obviously be more expensive than a traditional pergola, but you can expect to make considerable savings over the long term. There is also the cost of the installation, if it is custom-made. Are you interested in installing a bioclimatic pergola? Request an appointment with your consultant technician. 


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pergola adossée avec toiture rétractableThe different bioclimatic pergola models

The main difference between a traditional pergola and a bioclimatic pergola is the roof. The roof of a classic pergola can be glazed or equipped with fixed beams. It is rarely modular. It can sometimes be opened if it has a retractable roof, but it is not possible to take advantage of the natural elements in the same way as with a bioclimatic pergola.

Bioclimatic pergolas may have a:

  • Rotatable slats pergolas: the motorised roof slats can be inclined from 0° to 90°, and AKENA pergolas in fact have a 135° range of motion. This system means the roof slats can be fully closed for protection when required or opened wide to admit light so you can enjoy your pergola in all weathers and in all seasons.
  • Retractable roof pergolas: the roof is similar to that of a traditional pergola, composed of polycarbonate or a Thermotop type blackout panel, the main difference being that the roof opens to create ventilation and to cool the air on the patio.

As with traditional pergolas, there are several models of bioclimatic pergolas:

  • the wall-mounted bioclimatic pergola is fixed to the wall of a house. It usually has two posts. Often custom-made, it enables you to make even more energy savings. When temperatures are very high, less of the sun's heat enters the house, eliminating the need for air conditioning. In winter, the closed slats help to keep the heat inside the house. A wall-mounted pergola is an extension of the home, a new living space.
  • the freestanding bioclimatic pergola is mounted on four posts, it therefore does not need to be fixed to a facade. On the patio or in the garden, it can be installed anywhere, as long as its feet are firmly fixed in the ground. The freestanding pergola offers you a little corner of paradise wherever you want it.

Whether they are self-supported or wall-mounted, the price of aluminium bioclimatic pergolas can vary by between €500 to €1000.

Bioclimatic pergola: protection linked with resistance

Bioclimatic pergolas are designed to protect, not only from the sun, but also from the rain and wind. To do this, they need to be exceptionally resistant.

Protection from the sun

Like all pergolas, the main function of a bioclimatic pergola is to protect you from the sun's rays. Depending on the angle at which the rotatable slats are tilted, you can create shade and prevent UV rays penetrating beneath the shelter.

Adjustment of the heat and light levels

Likewise, you can manage the temperature and the amount of light under your pergola. Thanks to the rotatable slats, you can play with the natural ventilation to create a gentle breeze which will help to lower the temperature.

Resistance to rain and wind

Aluminium bioclimatic pergolas are ultra resistant. In the event of heavy rain, the water is evacuated by guttering channels or directly by the slats, depending on the model. The rotating slats are designed to resist winds of up to 200 km/h.


prix d'une pergola bioclimatique à lames aluPrice of a bioclimatic pergola

Choice of materials

The first bioclimatic pergolas were built from wood. As wood tends to deteriorate, it needs to be treated against moisture, fungus and insects. It is increasingly being replaced by aluminium, which resists well to all weather conditions. An aluminium pergola is both aesthetic and extremely easy to maintain. Aluminium is also very malleable and available in several colours.

Bioclimatic pergolas can also be made from PVC. Although more affordable than aluminium, PVC deteriorates much quicker. The colour quickly fades and PVC structures become less robust over time.

Clearly, the market is shifting massively towards bespoke aluminium bioclimatic pergolas which are more robust, more aesthetic and give gardens a contemporary style. They can be decorated without damaging the structure and enhanced with numerous optional elements.

Choice of components and installation

The optional components as well as the installation also need to be taken into account when calculating the cost of your future pergola. Manufacturers of contemporary and bioclimatic custom-made pergolas offer a wide range of options. They add comfort to your sheltered area transforming it into a living space in its own right. Here are a few examples:

  • remote-controlled slats,
  • weather sensors,
  • LED spot or strip lighting,
  • addition of motorised awnings,
  • addition of fixed or sliding glazed walls,
  • heating,
  • choice of colour,
  • offset posts.

Bioclimatic pergola price

The price of a bioclimatic pergola varies depending on the chosen dimensions and options. The table below indicates the average price per m² depending on the model of bioclimatic pergola. The cost of installation is generally included in the quote. AKENA gives you guidance and advice throughout your project. If you want to go ahead with your project, contact us for a free quote.

Type of bioclimatic pergola

Average price per m² 

(excluding masonry)

Aluminium pergola with motorised rotatable slats (excluding options) €600 / m²
Aluminium pergola with motorised rotatable slats with lighting and electric blinds €1000 / m²
Aluminium pergola with a motorised retractable roof (excluding options) €500 / m²
Aluminium pergola with a motorised retractable roof with lighting and electric blinds €900 / m²


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What is the average budget for a traditional pergola?

Perhaps instead of a bioclimatic pergola, you would prefer to install a more traditional pergola with a roof to cover and protect your patio all year round. Although different from a louvred roof pergola or a retractable roof pergola, the price of a traditional pergola also varies depending on the structure and the materials.

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