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Unicel Architectural Presents LEED®-Focused AIA Course on Design Approaches for Daylight Optimization


Unicel Architectural announced today the availability of its American Institute of Architects (AIA) registered course: "Daylight and Energy: Designing With Insulating Glass Units (IGUs) With Integrated Cord-Free Louvers". Integrated louvers can contribute to the LEED® Green Building Certifications by enhancing energy performance and thermal comfort levels.

"Daylight is a powerful force and needs to be managed for the best thermal and lighting results," said Jean-François Couturier, CEO of Unicel Architectural. "This course examines design approaches for the vastly improved control of daylight, heat, privacy and sound using integrated louvers. It is geared toward LEED®-focused design professionals who are looking for the latest, most effective ways to control the impacts of daylight for maximum sustainable performance."

The course will detail the benefits and mechanics of designing with integrated louvers from interior and exterior perspectives, and will further demonstrate how these can support LEED® initiatives. Using case studies and thermal performance data, designers will glean a better understanding into architectural approaches to ensure peak comfort levels and energy efficiencies.

Integrated louvers lend themselves well to green design projects because they reduce energy consumption, maximize natural light benefits, control solar heat gain, ensure acoustical performance and reduce maintenance requirements.

Course Credits:

Participants will earn one Continuing Education System Health Safety Welfare, Sustainable Design Learning Unit (1 AIA/CES HSW/SD LU) and one Green Building Certification Institute Continuing Education Learning Unit (1 GBCI CE LU) for LEED® Professionals.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, design professionals will be able to:
1. Describe the benefits of designing with daylight.
2. List several strategies for daylight optimization.
3. Explain what IGUs with integrated cord-free louvers are.
4. List several ways IGUs with integrated cord-free louvers improve energy efficiency and control heat gain.
5. List several application examples and explain the sustainable design features of each.
6. Explain the operating options for IGUs with integrated cord-free louvers.
7. List the sustainable design benefits of incorporating IGUs with integrated cord-free louvers into design projects.

Course Information:

InfoSpec, Inc is the AIA and USGBC Education Provider. The "Daylight and Energy: Designing with Insulating Glass Units (IGUs) With Integrated Cord-Free Louvers" course number is iuc08a and the USGBC Course ID is 0090005159.

AIA members, LEED APs and all design professionals can contact Unicel directly to schedule this course. or call 1-800-668-1580.

About Unicel Architectural
For 50 years, Unicel Architectural has built a reputation for the most advanced aluminum and glass solutions. These solutions encompass louvered glazing, skylights and more to enhance major global construction initiatives with utmost quality and reliability. With its proprietary technology, Unicel’s Vision Control® delivers unprecedented comfort and control of vision, light, temperature and sound with a patented combination of louvers between glass that are hermetically sealed and cordless. Unicel’s solutions are guaranteed for longevity, optimized for energy efficiency, and customizable to any design, environmental or cultural requirements. Unicel combines its market leading know-how with great design to ensure optimal aesthetics and sustainable performance. For more information visit:

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