Reflected Solar Energy of Glazing Systems in Buildings

Sponsored by National Glass Association
1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 AIBD P-CE; 0.1 IACET CEU*; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning; NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the impacts of solar energy reflected off buildings.
  2. List at least three environmental considerations that can reduce reflectivity.
  3. Explain at least three architectural features that impact reflectivity.
  4. Describe design consideration to reduce effects of solar energy on exterior materials and systems.
  5. Compare environmental, architectural and material elements and their respective impacts on reflectivity levels.
  6. Discuss additional glazing considerations that can influence reflectivity.

This course is part of the Glass and Glazing Design Academy

This course is designed to educate architects about the impacts of solar energy as it’s reflected off commercial buildings. It will offer design considerations to reduce the possible effects of the reflective characteristics of exterior cladding materials and glazing systems. Environmental, architectural and material elements will be discussed with regard to how each impacts reflectivity levels.

Reflected Solar

Originally published in September 2020

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