How Windows are Designed, Tested, and Rated for Comfort and Energy Efficiency

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.

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Using the 7 Principles of Universal Design for Specifying Windows and Glass Doors (On-Line course)

This course examines the difference between universal design and accessibility required by law, and lists the types of people of varied abilities who benefit from universal design, particularly as it applies to homes. We then take a look at the 7 Principles of Universal Design, as developed by the North Carolina State University’s College of Design, and explore examples of each, from windows set low enough to offer views to a person in a wheelchair, to sliding doors that open with a touch to accommodate those with arthritis or other challenges. Finally, we look at the business side of universal design and discussing the principles with clients.

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Patio Doors and Moving Glass Walls: Choosing the Best Option for the Project

This course looks at the latest technologies and offerings in the marketplace of patio doors and sliding glass walls for new and existing homes. Patio doors include sliding doors, as well as in-swing and out-swing doors. Sliding glass walls include stacking, bi-fold, and pocket operational styles.

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Making a Home Greener with Replacement Windows and Patio Doors

The definition of a green or sustainable home has broadened and deepened over the decades. Experience, knowledge, and innovations developed by architects, contractors, and manufacturers have produced a set of criteria which signals that a house is thoughtfully designed and built. During a renovation, features and assets that were not considered when the home was first built can now be included. Those sustainable criteria to consider specifying in a renovation include durability, energy efficiency, comfort, and health. We’ll start out discussing each of them as they apply to windows and patio doors, and clarify the details that make a window efficient.

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Sustainability and Window Materials 101: Choosing the Best Window Material to Achieve Sustainability Goals

Windows play a significant role in the function and comfort of a building, from providing natural light and ventilation, to adding architectural features. Windows also play a large part in the sustainability of a structure.
The most common factors when discussing the sustainability of windows are durability, energy efficiency, and resource efficiency. In this course, we look at the four most common window frame materials – vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum, and wood – and discuss the factors that contribute to sustainability for each of them. Finally, we look at the factors that contribute to the sustainability of window manufacturing operations.

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Daylighting Inside and Out: Unconventional Ways to Bring More Natural Light Into and Throughout a Building

Exposure to natural light is beneficial for building occupants on many levels. We all know it intuitively and we feel better in interior spaces with natural light. Plus, studies conclusively demonstrate measurable benefits for health, moods, learning, and productivity.
The time-honored method for allowing natural light into a building is, of course, through windows. However, there are many more strategies for bringing natural light into and throughout a building. This course explores the sometimes-overlooked strategies for the flow of natural light into and throughout a building, including light tubes in closets, French doors in interiors, natural-light-flooded stairwells, sliding glass walls, and more.

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Energy Calculator

The Milgard Energy Calculator provides a quick and easy way to help you select windows and doors that can meet local energy codes and project requirements.

The tool gives you the flexibility to select the required ENERGY STAR® zone, u-factor, SHGC or VT, and determine which Milgard window and door products meet the selected requirements.

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The New Essence Series® Patio Doors

Jeff Cain speaks from the 2015 PCBC show on the features and benefits of the Essence Series® Patio Door, focusing on the beauty of the door and its smooth quiet operation during the demonstration.

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Fiberglass Manufacturing and Window Performance Testing

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.

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Window and Door Standards and Material Type

Achieving a comprehensive understanding of the many functions windows serve will help you to optimize performance of the built environment.

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