ShadeSmart program

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ShadeSmart is a new program created for landscape architects and other built environment professionals to improve their awareness and understanding of high quality shade design for UV and heat protection.

Quality, well-designed shade can reduce exposure to harmful UV radiation from the sun by up to 75%.[1] Landscape architects and other built environment professionals have an opportunity to design and deliver shade solutions that can provide protection from UV radiation and help prevent skin cancer.

The ShadeSmart program is a partnership between the Cancer Institute NSW, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and Cancer Council NSW.

What does the program aim to do?

ShadeSmart aims to support landscape architects and other built environment professionals to improve their awareness and understanding of quality shade for UV and heat protection. The program is focused on four key areas:

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through AILA
  • Influencing relevant planning and design policy and standards
  • Promoting best-practice shade through AILA awards
  • Conducting research into shade design and technology

Five free CPD-accredited ShadeSmart courses for landscape architects and relevant for other planning and design professionals are now available through AILA. Access training here.

Congratulations to the  inaugural ShadeSmart award winners. Find out more about their projects by selecting the ShadeSmart button here.


References

  1. Parsons, P., Neale, R., Wolski, P. & Green, A. 1998, ‘The shady side of solar protection’, Medical Journal of Australia, 168: 327–330.