Creating Healthy Outdoor Comfort with Structures and Exterior Shading

Innovative motorized and fixed louver and fabric structures with integrated side shades adding wind, sun, and bug protection
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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Skyco Shading Systems, Inc.
Presented by Tim Noble

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover the health benefits of outdoor spaces and taming just enough nature for comfort, for a living space, a workspace, outdoor dining for a restaurant, a pool cabana or BBQ area for apartments or a hotel.
  2. Identify the different types of engineered motorized LOUVER structures and the available side enclosure options and integrated lighting and other options.
  3. Recognize the different types of engineered motorized FABRIC structures and the available side enclosure options and integrated lighting and other options.
  4. Explore the latest in exterior shading and rain protection, waterproof fabric options, manual sail awnings, motorized tensioned shades, louvers, facade cladding and accessories.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
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
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course is approved as a Core Course
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

We will cover the latest in engineered outdoor living and working spaces, both comfortable and flexible. Perfect for outside meeting areas, standing desks, break areas, a destination for people to get fresh air and natural light. Landscape Architecture, Green Building Concepts, and Biophilic Design can all benefit from controlling the sun, rain, wind, and bugs while still being in nature. Options for integrated dimmable LED lighting, sliding glass door or sliding louver door systems, or even a fixed louver wall for a TV for outdoor presentations. Also covering the unexpected benefits of the latest exterior sun control options like operable sails, zipper roller shades, and louvers.

Landscape Architecture

Photo courtesy of Skyco Shading Systems, Inc.

Tim Noble

Tim Noble has been in the sun control industry for 15 years and specializes in motorization, integrations, and automation for daylighting, LEED credits, and Green Building benefits.


Skyco Shading Systems, Inc. Skyco Shading Systems fabricates manual and motorized custom roller shades and window coverings for both interior and exterior sun control. We are experts in automation, sun tracking, and energy management for projects in hospitality, healthcare, commercial, and education facilities. Skyco offers a large selection of fabrics for performance, comfort, and privacy. We can customize components to offer innovative answers and value engineer solutions to stay competitive. Skyco delivers the technology required for LEED goals like daylighting, thermal comfort, and enhancing views through glare control. Skyco also provides both fabric and louvered roof pergolas and structures for outdoor living and workspaces.
Originally published in September 2020