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

Sponsored by Construction Specialties
1 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; 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

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.

This course is part of the Mastering Movement™ Academy

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: c-sgroup.com

 

Originally published in November 2021

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