Windows, views, and openings in buildings present the classic battle between form and function. The designer naturally wants the building’s occupants to enjoy views and light, but the solar heat gain from these openings can wreak havoc on sustainable goals; however, sophisticated and high-performing solar control fabrics can help reconcile the form and function of light, views, and sustainability.

There are many solar control fabrics on the market; wading through them can be overwhelming. This course aims to help educate the designer about what performance fabrics are, the content of various fabrics, how they work, and the benefits to a sustainable design in meeting and maximizing your goals of occupant health, safety, wellbeing, and sustainability.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze shading fabrics for solar light management including energy reduction, glare and outward visibility, using published shading coefficient data.
  • Review certification requirements for indoor air quality, antibacterial protection, flame retardancy, and environmental regulations.
  • Identify fabric composition options with emphasis on sustainable design.
  • Apply knowledge of these features to unique, real-world applications in health care, hospitality, government, business, and residential projects.