Matching Design Aesthetic with Performance

Louvers as a decorative element to achieve thermal performance
Sponsored by Construction Specialties
By Andrew A. Hunt

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the basic concept and design elements of louvers in commercial construction, and their primary purpose and function.
  2. Describe how louvers can help a building achieve thermal comfort and reduced water intrusion by being an integral part of the building envelope.
  3. Discuss the incorporation of “blank-offs” into louver design and how they add value to a project.
  4. List the important aspects of testing louver systems to ensure code compliance, durability, and performance expectations



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 Architectural Record
Originally published in September 2023