Certified AIA training during the BAU trade show in Munich

Keller minimal windows, as an authorized AIA Continuing Education Services provider, offers a certified course "Quality Views, Daylighting, Energy Efficiency & Comfort" during BAU trade show in Munich.

Quality Views, Daylighting, Energy Efficiency & Comfort

📍 Novotel Munich Messe, Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 81829 Munich, Germany.
📅 Friday, April 21,14.00 Munich.

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About this Course

People spend 90 percent of their time indoors, whether at work, school or home. Focusing building design to improve the indoor environmental quality to achieve healthy and comfortable places is essential. For employers, investors, building developers and owners, a better indoor environment leads to improved occupant health and higher productivity.

Decisions made by project teams on views, daylighting and thermal design have a crucial impact on occupant comfort and health. The topics around quality views, daylighting, thermal comfort, and energy efficiency in relation to window and doors systems are introduced and design strategies to overcome particular challenges are communicated and discussed in this presentation. These aspects are key aspects to building design that influence the way people learn, work and live.

Studies have shown that people prefer daylight to artificial sources of light for work and like to be close to windows (Heerwagen & Heerwagen, 1986). Heerwagen and Heerwagen (1986) found that office occupants preferred daylight over electric lighting for seven different purposes: psychological comfort, office appearance and pleasantness, general health, visual health, color appearance of people and furnishings, work performance, and jobs requiring fine observation.

Greater sunlight has also been linked to higher job satisfaction (Leather, Pyrgas, Beale, & Lawrence, 1998). Workers seated at computers, who often develop eye strains or dry eyes from looking at their screens for extended periods without a break, find relief in attractive distance views. In a time where more and more people utilize their homes for work purposes, planning for spaces that provide distance views are crucial. Views to the outdoors also connect the occupants with natural environmental cues, such as diurnal changes from rhythms.

Disruption of these rhythms can lead to long-term health care problems, including mental disorders (LEED reference Guide for Building Design and Construction V4, 2019). The door and window systems presented enables architects and façade planners to respond to project specific requirements that enhance energy efficiency and thermal comfort (e.g. by ensuring to specify correct U-Values to keep envelope surface areas within a prescribed delta T to indoor set point temperature to avoid uncomfortable drafts or radiation), indoor lighting (by providing wide opening and balancing lighting (providing the right amount of light) via smart glass choices) and quality views (through unobstructed oversized windows) which connects the occupant to the exterior.


Learning Objectives

1. The student will be able to understand how quality views are categorized and can impact occupants’ health and productivity.

2. The student will be able to list the intend and requirements of Quality Views (based on LEED v4 criteria) and will be able to discover strategies and tactics to employ to achieve quality views and enhance daylighting.

3. The student will learn about different minimalistic window & door systems, pros and cons related to aesthetics, comfort and energy efficiency as well as develop an understanding for design strategies and material choices to optimize light transmission, energy efficiency and comfort.

4. The student will be able to understand how solar heat gain and thermal losses impact the design and product choices when incorporating oversized all glass window & doors into the building design.

About AIA

The American Institute of Architects is a professional organization for architects and designers in the United States. Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.