Louvers as an Enclosure?

From the perspective of a General Contractors Quality Support Team, gain an understanding of the challenges related to the details when louvers are designed as part of the building enclosure.


Steve Black, Quality Support Manager, is a professional constructor with over 25 years of experience in the commercial and industrial construction industries. A LEED BD+C accredited professional, he has spent much of his career traveling around the Upper Midwest and East Coast building high performing buildings in the healthcare and data center markets with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. For the last six years, Steve has been at Power Construction. His focus is on enclosure, and he shares his twenty years of field experience in mechanical and electrical systems with the project teams to ensure that the building performs as designed.

Rob Falconer, AIA, Quality Support Manager, has been involved in both the design and construction of buildings for over 40 years. As an architect, his experience has been primarily focused on technical support and detailing the building enclosure. As Quality Support Manager for Power Construction he has continued to focus on the building enclosure and has new insights into detailing and constructability. Having been involved with the construction process daily, he has gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the sequence of work, tolerances, compatibility of materials and potential for workmanship-related issues. His role as Quality Support Manager for Power is to educate the team of builders on the architects’ intent and respect that, to work with the design team to understand the concerns as builders, and to work together to resolve any issues prior to construction. Rob has a passion the building science that relates to construction.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn that louvers are designed to pass air from the exterior to interior or vice versa.
  2. Learn why they should not be used as part of a high-performance building enclosure.
  3. Learn the difference between AAMA and AMCA testing.
  4. Learn the steps towards adequate performance should louvers be part of the enclosure system.