Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, the design professional will be able to:

  1. Describe the benefits of designing for optimal patient healing environments as it relates to acoustical comfort, hygiene and air quality, privacy and daylighting design.
  2. List several approaches to privacy design in healthcare facilities.
  3. Understand what IGUs with integrated cord-free louvers are, and how they can improve the overall patient experience.
  4. List application examples, and explain design features and the corresponding patient-centered benefits of each.



Peter Cadoux

great concept

Svetlana Lunev

Wish it would tell me which question I got wrong!

David Ross

Good General Course

Doug Martin

Very Informative

Jonathan Berkman

Good course

Anne Smith

Very informative and, in a way, an extension to the course "Daylight and Energy: Designing with IGUs with integrated cord-free louvers"

Katarina Popovic

Pretty basic


Great information on day lighting and privacy needs in the healthcare industry.

John D Skodi

Thank you!

Wanda Lowrey

Great presentation.

Leila Ammar

Very Informative

Tom Dearborn

Excellent course

Shawn Xiaotu Xu

Patient Privacy & Tranquility: Optimizing Healing Environments using IGU with Integrated Louvers


Patient privacy and tranquility are top priorities for healthcare facilities to reduce stress and promote healing. Recent studies have shown that excessive noise, glare and lack of privacy can create stress in patients of all ages, which significantly impedes the healing process. More and more healthcare design professionals are specifying design elements that promote privacy and tranquility – all while underscoring hygiene. These trends include: • A desire to better manage privacy with easily adjustable vision control options in patient rooms, nurses’ stations, surgical areas etc. • A desire to better manage or filter light from external sources (for both interior and exterior windows) to reduce glare and optimize thermal efficiencies. • A move toward improved air quality and away from curtains and blinds that collect dust, are not hygienic and require regular cleaning/maintenance. • A desire to better attenuate sound for optimal tranquility.

Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 ADA + 1 AIBC Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU + 1 AANB, NSAA, ALBNL (EPP)

Length: 1h

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