Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 AIBD P-CE; 0.1 IACET CEU
May qualify for learning hours through most Canadian architectural associations
This webinar is part of the Mastering Movement™ Academy
Today’s louvers go well beyond function; they allow buildings to breathe and they elevate façade design. Through a number of dynamic case studies and expert presentations, this webinar will examine the unique design and performance benefits of various types of louvers and louver accessories for providing for the well-being not only of the building but of the building occupants. The presenters will share best practices regarding where and why louvers are used, as well as design challenges and appropriate solutions. For example, louvers are sometimes needed in areas that interrupt the architect’s design vision. We will look at ways architects can overcome that, including the use of decorative or perforated screens to meet design requirements while still maintaining performance metrics. Additional topics will include sustainability advantages, using light or color to elevate the design, and the incorporation of blank-offs to cover unused portions behind louvers.
- Discuss when, where and why louvers are used in the built environment and how different types of louvers can support sustainability, energy-efficiency and performance goals.
- Describe design challenges associated with the use of louvers and the solutions architects can utilize to optimize their projects in terms of aesthetics, performance and occupant well-being.
- Explain the term “blank-offs” and identify circumstances in which blank-offs are an appropriate solution, such as when architects and designers need more louvered space in cases where 100 percent airflow is not required, and to mitigate air and water entering through non-ducted areas.
- Explain ways in which louvers can provide enhanced ventilation, light, design, and movement within a given project, notably those described in this presentation.