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Windows

  • Window Performance Ratings and Technologies

    This program is registered with AIA for 1 HSW/SD hour and with GBCI for 1 CMP hour. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings consume 40 percent of all the energy used nationwide. Achieving optimal energy efficiency in buildings can drastically reduce overall energy consumption, and windows can play a key role in achieving improved performance. Building energy codes, standards and voluntary practices exist to provide a target for achieving recognized and acceptable levels of energy efficiency and establish minimum performance standards for residential and commercial buildings. This course will provide a thorough introduction to the relationship between windows and energy efficiency and the importance of installing appropriate windows with high performance technologies. We will discuss window performance ratings and how they can help to reduce energy costs and improve the comfort of building occupants. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Windows, Sustainability, Design, Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Milgard Windows and Doors
  • Fiberglass Composite Windows in Multi-Family Housing

    This course is registered with AIA for 1 HSW hour and will focus on the use of fiberglass composite windows in multi-family housing, with an emphasis on Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and HUD have rigid standards for window construction and installation, such as fiberglass cladding colors, water-repellent millwork, air leakage, water penetration, structural loading, weather stripping and sealed insulating glass. We will discuss how the minimum property standards can be met by using appropriate technologies. We will review several multi-family case studies and how fiberglass composite windows were applied in each of these projects. This course will cover trends in the multi-family housing industry, FHA window standards, fiberglass composite and other enhanced window technologies, as well as the case studies demonstrating how fiberglass composite windows can be incorporated into multi-family housing projects. Take the course.

    Posted:
    March 2012
    Subject(s):
    Windows, Codes and Standards
    Sponsor:
    Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors
  • Sustainable Design for Windows

    1 LU HSW/SD

    It has become very important for architects to understand how to choose a sustainable window and window frame system that will promote comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and longevity through quality construction. This course will explain how windows promote healthy living conditions for the occupants by increasing natural daylight and improving indoor air quality. It will also describe how sustainable building products and materials can satisfy the aesthetic tastes of occupants today and in the future by using Universal Design strategies. Finally, by the end of this course you will be able to describe how choosing an ENERGY STAR® rated window can, lower heating and cooling costs and how they can help contribute towards points the LEED for Homes credit categories. This program is registered for 1 AIA HSW/SD hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2011
    Subject(s):
    Windows, Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Milgard Windows and Doors
  • Flashing for Windows

    1 LU AIA

    Flashing is a water-resistant sheet material that bridges and seals the gap between the window or door frame members to the adjacent construction. You could say that flashing’s mission is to manage water intrusion by providing a mechanism to drain it to the outside of the building envelope. Flashing may be one of the most under-rated building envelope components, yet arguably it is one of the most important. This course will look at the importance of flashing for windows, while also listing the different types of flashing along with the proper installation methods. This program is registered for 1 AIA CEH. Take the course.

    Posted:
    October 2011
    Subject(s):
    Windows, Installation
    Sponsor:
    DuPont
  • Harmonizing with History: Window Solutions for Historically Sensitive Settings

    This learning unit will present common challenges that architects face for projects requiring historically accurate window design or the replacement of historic windows -- or both. Using case studies drawn from U.S. universities, K-12 schools and municipalities with issues of historic sensitivity, the course reviews a number of considerations for both matching historic styles as well as ensuring efficient, modern-day performance. Solutions to the typical window challenges are detailed through the case study projects and their technical resolution. Using real-life case studies, the course will show how to: match existing window profiles and materials; ensure energy-efficient performance; support sustainability goals or LEED certification in new buildings or in existing building upgrades in historic settings. We’ll also examine methods for reducing costs and scheduling needs Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2011
    Subject(s):
    Windows, Doors, Building Envelope, Preservation
    Sponsor:
    Marvin Windows and Doors
  • Fiberglass Composites in the Window and Door Industry

    1.0 LU HSW

    Composite materials have been used for thousands of years. New applications are identified each year. As one of the first modern composite materials fiberglass is at the fore front of this innovation. This course will familiarize you with all the basic aspects of fiberglass and specifically target their usefulness in the door and window industry. Once you have completed this course you will be able to discuss how composite materials provide predictable and superior performance characteristics when compared to other window frame material. You will also be able to explain the pultrusion process and identify the specific characteristics of pultruded fiberglass. Finally you will be able to apply this knowledge to determining which window frames will be best for your project. Take the course.

    Posted:
    March 2011
    Subject(s):
    Doors, Windows, Graphic Design
    Sponsor:
    Integrity Windows and Doors
    Certification(s):
    AIA, USGBC
  • Beyond Performance Window Materials and their Environmental Impact

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    You will compare and contrast basic performance qualities, materials origins, carbon footprints, lifecycle analyses and installed performance of four common window framing materials. You will be able to compare and contrast window framing material qualities in detail. A case study of a net-zero home in Chicago showcases how window framing and glass selection are critical to energy performance of a home. Take the course.

    Posted:
    February 2011
    Subject(s):
    Windows, Life-Cycle Assessment, Green Design
    Sponsor:
    Marvin Windows
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Sustainable Choices in Wood Door Construction

    1.0 LU HSW/SD

    This learning unit will explore the sustainable choices available for architectural wood doors. You will review the requirements for FSC certification, and how different core compositions qualify for LEED assistance. You will identify how increasing need for low-emitting products is impacting wood door manufacturers and sustainable veneer options. Take the course.

    Posted:
    January 2011
    Subject(s):
    Green Design, Windows, Doors, LEED
    Sponsor:
    VT Industries
    Certification(s):
    AIA, NARI
  • Exterior Shutters in 21st Century Architecture

    1 LU

    This course will compare and contrast shutter styles and profiles in modern architectural design. Shutters can protect fenestration, reduce solar heat gain and add aesthetic appeal. You will compare and contrast common shutter materials. The course briefly discusses typical building code considerations. Take the course.

    Posted:
    April 2010
    Subject(s):
    Windows, Exteriors
    Sponsor:
    The Tapco Group
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Window & Door Solutions for Commercial Success: Balancing Performance, Aesthetics & Budget

    1 LU

    By the end of this learning unit you should be able to: list ten aesthetic options available with wood windows & doors; describe some of the quality differences between various types of windows; identify which performance characteristics are most important when specifying windows & doors; and compare how product cost is impacted by performance and aesthetics. Take the course.

    Posted:
    December 2009
    Subject(s):
    Windows, Doors, Energy-Efficient Windows
    Sponsor:
    Pella
    Certification(s):
    AIA