Reflected Solar Energy of Glazing Systems in Buildings

 
Sponsored by National Glass Association

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.

Credits:

HSW
1 AIA LU/HSW
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*
AIBD
1 AIBD P-CE
AAA
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
NSAA
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
 
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

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

 

National Glass Association The National Glass Association (NGA) is the largest trade association serving the architectural glass and metals industry. A technical and educational resource, NGA envisions a future in which glass is the material of choice to enhance spaces where people live, play, learn, and work.

 

Originally published in September 2020

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