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Requirements and Solutions for Automating Shades & Window Coverings

  • Sponsor: Hunter Douglas Architectural
  • Credits: 1 AIA HSW LU
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  • Format: One Video Segment

Course Description

This course gives best practices for assessing building conditions that impact the design of automated shading/window covering systems and shows how they relate to occupant well-being (comfort) and the management of daylighting and solar heat gain.

It then compares the main approaches to automation in terms of system complexity, functions, and the costs of installation and ongoing maintenance.

Note: Certificates of Completion will be emailed in a PDF format for your records right away. Please allow for up to 3 to 4 weeks to receive AIA credit for the course.

Learning Objectives

  • Be able to discuss shading-automation objectives to optimize performance for various types of shading applications and site locations.
  • Be able to discuss shading-automation objectives so all building users—including those who require ADA accommodation — will be safe and comfortable.
  • Identify elements of automated shading systems and discuss tradeoffs among the main system designs for a range of structure types.
  • Create a basic automation specification that meets a number of the identified objectives.