Continuing Education

SWFcontract is happy to provide free, continuing education courses for architects, engineers, and construction professionals.


Two ways to Engage


Online. Download the course document to your desktop and read at your convenience at home, in the office, or while on the road. Then take a short quiz to verify your participation.


In Person. We are happy to send an SWFcontract representative to your workplace. Contact us to request an in-person presentation on the material, open to any members of your company.


Biomimicry: Design by Nature

Provides an overview of biomimicry, illustrating the relationship between nature's solutions to light, heat, and glare control and today’s shading design principles.

Learning objectives include:

  1. Define the basic practices of biomimicry.

  2. Discuss the application of biomimetic principles in design.

  3. Identify the relationship between shading principles and nature’s solutions for heat, light, and glare control.

  4. Conceptualize a preliminary design application for shading based on the principles of biomimicry.

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American University

Impact of Window Treatments on Commercial Daylighting Design

The course outlines daylighting strategies, including the relevance of daylight factor calculation and fabric characteristics. Case studies illustrate the impact of shading on LEED certification.

Learning objectives include:

  1. Identify at least four daylighting design strategies.

  2. Discuss relevance of daylight factor calculation in determining whether there is an appropriate amount of light in the work space.

  3. Understand how shade fabric characteristics impact aesthetics and thermal load of the indoor environment.

  4. Identify the impact of shading on commercial LEED certification.

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