Phifer supports the professional goals of architects, interior designers and the like through our AIA and IDCEC approved continuing education courses. Our CEU courses are centered around sun control/ interior shading and are available for free online or in-person learning. Keep reading to learn about our available courses and check back for updates when new courses are added.

PERFORMANCE FABRICS IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

A comprehensive look at the role of shading fabrics in meeting health, safety, welfare and sustainable objectives.
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Units: IDCEC 0.1 CEU HSW, Canada Potential 1 Learning Credit, AIA 1 LU | HSW
Course Length: 60 Minutes (1 Hour)
Mobile Compatibility: Yes, compatible on mobile devices.
Audio: Yes, audio available.

Performance Fabrics In Sustainable Design

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, well-being, and sustainability. 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. Sophisticated and high-performing solar control fabrics can help reconcile the form and function of light, views, and sustainability.

HSW Justification:
Substantially all of this course is dedicated to a discussion of the health, safety and welfare aspects of performance fabrics through their appropriate specification, their fabrics' chemical composition, their proper use, their ability to meet safety and performance standards, and their aesthetic contribution.

Course Objectives: 

  • The student will learn how to analyze shading fabrics for solar light management including energy reduction, glare and outward visibility, using published shading coefficient data.
  • The student will be able to list certification requirements for indoor air quality, anti-bacterial protection, flame retardancy, and environmental regulations.
  • The student will be able to identify fabric composition options with an emphasis on sustainable design.
  • The student will be able to apply their knowledge of performance fabric features to unique, real-world applications in healthcare, hospitality, government, business, and residential projects.

Improve Occupant Wellness & Productivity With Solar Shading Fabrics

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Units: IDCEC 0.1 CEU HSW, Canada Potential 1 Learning Credit, AIA 1 LU | HSW
Course Length: 60 Minutes (1 Hour)
Mobile Compatibility: Yes, compatible on mobile devices.
Audio: Yes, audio available.

Improve Occupant Wellness & Productivity With Solar Shading Fabrics

Solar shading devices, while available in numerous weaves, textures and colors, go beyond contributing to the aesthetics of a space. Specified correctly, solar shading devices can maximize daylighting benefits and contribute to occupant well-being, productivity, and engagement while mitigating the detrimental effects of UV rays and glare.

Course Objectives: 

  • Students will understand the benefits daylighting, including the psychological and physiological well-being of occupants, as well as its drawbacks, such as glare and solar heat gain.
  • Students will become familiar with the types of solar shading fabrics available for use in commercial settings and their components, including operating systems, weave, color, and openness factor, and the ways in which these contribute to the control of daylighting.
  • Students will explore the benefits of solar shading devices that extend beyond light management, such as sound mitigation, sustainability, and antimicrobial properties.
  • Students will determine how to select the right fabric for an application, taking into account aesthetics and room conditions.

More About Phifer's CEU Courses

Phifer is committed to providing educational opportunities for the A&D community. If you have any questions about our existing courses or are interested in scheduling an in-person educational session, get in touch with us and a customer service representative can help facilitate next steps.

For those specifically interested in learning more about SheerWeave after completing one of our CEU courses, feel free to browse our SheerWeave products or download the SheerWeave App in the Apple App or Google Play stores.

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