Exterior Shutters: Climate Response and Material Selection

Shutters have been integral to buildings since antiquity. Originally designed to protect interiors and their inhabitants from rain, sun, and pests.
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Exterior Shutters: Climate Response and Material Selection

Thursday, May 7, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EDT - Register Now

1 AIA Health/Safety/Welfare Learning Unit

Speaker: Russell Andersen, Vice President of Sales and Customer Operations at Timberlane, Inc.


Shutters have been integral to buildings since antiquity. Originally designed to protect interiors and their inhabitants from rain, sun, and pests, their use lessened after the introduction of screens. 

With increasing storm activity, they are reemerging as an important means to protect windows from harm; this has led to a rediscovery of their role in limiting sun damage as well. 

Many buildings simply appear incomplete without shutters because historically they were often part of certain architectural styles in certain regions of the United States, Caribbean and other parts of the world. 

This course will review historical and regional styles of shutters, compare traditional materials with substitute materials, and examine the use of operable shutters in climate response, particularly in hurricane prone areas.

Learning Objectives

Participants will know or be able to do the following:

  • Discuss the history of shutters and explain the relationship between different styles of shutters used with different architectural styles of buildings
  • Explain the historic and contemporary use of shutters for climate response. 
  • Consider code requirements for shutters in hurricane prone areas.
  • Compare and contrast traditional wooden shutters with those now made of substitute materials.