Fiberglass windows & doors were developed as the demand for a strong, durable and low maintenance frame type that would be more sustainable and environmentally friendly than vinyl, wood or aluminum frames. The global green building movement is spurring demand for sustainable products with low life cycle costs—and more mainstream window and door manufacturers are introducing fiberglass profiles to meet the demands of most architects and designers.
Achieving a comprehensive understanding of the many functions windows serve will help you to optimize performance of the built environment.
Laminated glass has been used in a variety of architectural applications ranging from office buildings and schools to institutional and high security buildings. A variety of clear and tinted interlayers are available, providing post-breakage glass retention, UV filtration and impact resistance. This course presents the history and development of laminated glass from its inception as an automotive product to more advanced structural glass applications.
Proper detailing of brick masonry goes along with proper construction, appropriate material selection and maintenance to provide the longevity that masonry is typically known for. This course provides information on the basic details to allow for brick masonry to resist moisture penetration and cracking. It also provides details to create interesting designs in brick without costing a lot of money.
As we explore the outdoor living trend you will learn how this works to improve indoor air quality and healthy living conditions. Integration of indoor-outdoor living space increases daylight into the living space.
Daylight autonomy systems from Lutron use breakthrough solar control technologies to improve staff well-being like no other daylighting solution can. As you consider specification options for upcoming projects, keep in mind these 10 reasons to team up with Lutron:
This course will offer a basic understanding of the benefits of specifying cellular PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) railing systems, pergolas and gutters for residential construction projects. Railing systems in residential construction and remodeling have long been considered both decorative and functional however options have been historically limited to architects. Traditional railing materials like natural lumber, vinyl, and composite materials have been the standard choices available for years, but these materials pose several challenges in aesthetics, durability, affordability, and limited design options. Today railing systems can be created using cellular PVC which offers many advantages over traditional railing.
As a proven natural building material, glass block can add beauty and inspiration to a project, while playing a significant role in sustainable design. Glass block is 100% recyclable, low- maintenance, and highly durable, yet its’ dynamic relationship with light provides architects the opportunity to create both aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient spaces. With low construction waste, glass block is considered an environmentally preferable product, made largely from sand, an abundant raw material, and limestone. Because of its versatility, it can be used in a wide variety of projects, and offers a universal appeal.
Water is scarce in many parts of the world, and as the population grows, water use is increasing. The One-Water movement seeks to reduce potable water waste by reusing and capturing water that is not treated to drinking standards. This two hour session identifies opportunities to accomplishing a one-water approach, as well as identifies barrier sand constraints that are facing leaders in this effort. Barriers exist at micro and macro levels, and incentives to adopt a new water use approach may help the cause. Speakers identify priority steps to achieve a more resourceful water management strategy.
Stakeholders from Syracuse, NY address being a post-industrial “legacy city” that is rebuilding for the future. The Connective Corridor project is the largest civic infrastructure project in more than three decades. It will connect Syracuse University to downtown business creating a cultural district that benefits students and permanent residents alike. This program discusses the partnerships, collaboration and strategies that have brought this project to life.