Designing for Sun Shading in Bespoke Residential Applications


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The considered specification of sun shading in residential applications is a more involved process than many may think. Beyond the obvious considerations – such as colour and material choice, whether to go with manual, motorised, or automated operation, the choice between internal or external systems, and so on – it also involves broader variables.

It involves an understanding of the regulatory framework, acoustics, the light and solar properties of various product options, and the wiring requirements of automated products.

In addition, it requires the capacity to prepare ceilings and structural elements to allow for blind recesses; an understanding of how to handle applications in which asymmetrical design makes installation makes difficult. And it involves an appreciation of timings, and for example, at what point suppliers should be brought on board to help with product integration.

This session of CPD Live deals with all of the above and more. Delivered by experts in the field, its aim is to equip specifiers with what they need to confidently design for sun shading in bespoke residential applications.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation, you should be able to:

  • Outline the various considerations involved in specifying shading systems for residential applications
  • Explain the importance of detail and planning in projects of this type
  • Identify the regulations that apply to the installation of shading systems in residential applications
  • Outline the importance of supplier involvement in projects of this type



Peter Skinner, Founder & Director, Shade Factor

Peter Skinner, founder and director of Shade Factor, brings a trained architectural perspective to the sun shading industry. With over 25 years of experience, he has successfully led Shade Factor through numerous noteworthy projects, including several prominent towers in Sydney’s CBD and the current Martin Place metro development with Tzannes Architects. Peter’s drawing and documentation background brings to Shade Factor a methodology centered around sketch exploration and the development of detailed solutions to sun shading requirements. This comprehensive approach delivers confidence to architects, builders and clients alike that their project has been considered from all angles. Peter has passion for innovation and precision engineering, evidenced by the strong global and local partnerships he has forged; notably, his collaboration with Warema in Germany, one of the world’s largest sun shading manufacturers, provides Shade Factor with access to products that enhance Australian buildings. Additionally, these partnerships allow Peter and Shade Factor to remain at the forefront of sustainability knowledge, drawing inspiration from advanced markets and incorporating the latest sustainable practices into their work.


Diego Bekinschtein, Associate Principal, Wardle

Diego is a passionate architect with 27 years of experience. Over the last 21 years at Wardle, he has led award winning projects in the residential, commercial and educational sectors ranging in scale from $2M up to $45M.  Diego is highly experienced in leading projects across all phases with a focus on delivering a project’s design vision. He brings a keen eye for design and experience to the early design phases with a focus on the materiality of projects and the testing of ideas against planning, cost and other constraints. He brings a wealth of knowledge of construction, fabrication, materials and services to develop the technical aspects of projects in a way that achieves a complete design experience. He develops the fine interior and exterior detailing and materiality of projects and works closely with consultants to achieve rigorously integrated outcomes. He also enjoys developing the interior and landscape design on projects in order to achieve a holistic design vision.


Sarah Wardlaw, Head of Single Residential, Cera Stribley

As Head of Houses at Cera Stribley, Sarah Wardlaw is an accomplished architect with over 15 years of experience delivering high-end bespoke residential projects in Australia and the UK. With a strong commitment to sustainable design, Sarah is driven by forward-thinking approaches, always aiming to create contextual architecture with an emphasis on detail and quality.

Drawing inspiration from her childhood home, Sarah is passionate about integrating passive solar design principles to create purposeful, high-performing homes that stand the test of time.


Presented By:

Shade Factor

Presention Type:

Formal CPD

CPD Points:

1 Formal CPD Point