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  • Building Skin: The Importance of the Thermal Envelope | Course 4

Building Skin: The Importance of the Thermal Envelope | Course 4

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A building’s envelope is the critical interface between occupant comfort and outdoor climatic conditions. High performance buildings require high performance envelopes that respond to exterior environmental impacts throughout the day and year. This course will explore design, material, and technological approaches to wall and window assemblies, from straightforward low-cost methods to advanced double skin facade applications. 

The AIA+2030 Online Series is an AIA and Architecture 2030 co-production.

It's based on the highly successful AIA+2030 Professional Series, which was created by AIA Seattle and Architecture 2030, with support from the City of Seattle and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Course expires: 11/02/2024

Learning Objectives


Describe the relationship between daylight & energy efficiency


Explain the impact of daylight on human health


Identify and evaluate daylighting strategies to optimize energy performance and occupant comfort.


List techniques for effectively managing glare and unwanted heat gain.