Mastering the Physical Movement of Sun and Light – Sunshades

Sponsored by Construction Specialties
1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 GBCI CE Hour; 1 IIBEC CEH; 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. Explain how to optimize the sun as a natural resource to decrease HVAC and lighting system demands and in turn increase building efficiency and safety.
  2. Discuss the various types and applications of external sunshade systems and their benefits including energy efficiencies and the positive impacts on the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants.
  3. Assess how proper sun management contributes to LEED and IECC 2021 Zero Code standards to provide healthier more productive spaces.
  4. Incorporate sunshades as both a functional system and aesthetically innovative design element

This course is part of the Mastering Movement™ Academy

In this presentation we look at how the natural light and heat of the sun can be harnessed to benefit commercial spaces and their inhabitants. We will explore solutions to minimize energy consumption and improve occupant satisfaction. And we will delve into the criteria to utilize sunshades to elevate building performance and create visually striking designs.

Mastering Movement Sunshades

Photo Courtesy of Construction Specialties, Inc.

PORTOLA HIGH SCHOOL Sunshade canopies provide a comfortable shaded area of the entrances.

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