Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Specifying Interior and Exterior Shading Systems

Sponsored by Draper Inc. and Phifer Incorporated
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the main health, energy, sustainability, and productivity advantages and disadvantages of controlled daylighting.
  2. Describe shading system options, including interior, exterior, and between glazing.
  3. Explain how automation in shading systems can greatly improve performance, comfort, and productivity.
  4. Evaluate and specify the most appropriate shading systems for projects.


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

This course is part of the Daylighting Academy

Natural sunlight offers many benefits to modern commercial construction. Letting more light into the occupied space improves productivity, reduces energy use from artificial illumination, and provides striking and dramatic architectural character to the built environment. Unfortunately, uncontrolled daylighting can diminish or negate many of these advantages, creating negative impacts for occupants, guests, and building owners. Uncontrolled daylighting can create excessive glare, posing productivity and health risks for occupants. Excessive solar gain also increases cooling loads, which increases utility costs and shortens the lifespans of heating and cooling equipment.

Office interior.

Photo courtesy of Draper, Inc.