Mastering the Physical Movement of Air, Wind, and Water - Louvers

Sponsored by Construction Specialties

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize how to manage airflow and wind movement using louvers to protect the welfare of building inhabitants while not compromising on design intentions.
  2. Discuss building science terms around air and wind movement, discuss how louvers work, and the ways in which emerging trends lead to occupant health and well-being.
  3. Describe what louver systems function best in certain regions/climates and what codes and standards that must be met in order to keep occupants safe and comfortable in the built environment; understand AMCA testing requirements/louver standards.
  4. Incorporate louvers as a major design element or have the louvers “disappear” into the façade of the building; there are design options to choose from
  5. List ways manufactures are partnering with architects to reframe the conversation around movement and how early engagement can ensure not only standards are met but also desired aesthetics is achieved using louvers in creative ways.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

This courses is part of the Mastering Movement™ Academy

In this presentation we look at how the earth’s elements impact building movement and how the built environment can be responsive to those impacts. Mastering movement means designing buildings with movement in mind and choosing products that can provide better health, wellness, and safety for occupants no matter what the outside environment conjures up. The course will delve into louvers designed for air, wind, and wind-driven rain movement, the different types of louvers available for specification, how to select louvers for your given parameters and climate/region, and how early collaboration with your manufacturer will lead to better architectural design execution.

Mastering Movement Louvers

Photo Courtesy of Construction Specialties, Inc.

PAULA AND RUSTY WALTER TOWER Architectural louvers provide free airflow into the building while defending against water intrusion.


Construction Specialties Founded in 1948, Construction Specialties (CS) is a specialty building products manufacturer. CS provides solutions to complex challenges architects, designers, building owners, facility managers, and contractors face every day. Since inventing the first extruded louver, CS has become a global leader in interior wall protection, impact-resistant doors, entrance mats & grids, expansion joint covers, architectural louvers & grilles, sun controls, explosion & pressure relief vents, cubicle curtains & tracks and stairs, awnings & balconies. CS draws upon extensive expertise to design high-quality products—many of which are Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program. For more information please visit:


Originally published in November 2021