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.


A comprehensive look at the role of shading fabrics in meeting health, safety, welfare and sustainable objectives.

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

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.

Course 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.

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.