Commercial Fire-Rated Aluminum Glazing Systems

This course will help educate the architect about alternative fire-rated window, door, and vision or glass wall materials currently available in commercial construction. The learning unit will summarize the history of this evolution and compare some of the different designs that are available to the architect today. It will also explore examples of how fire-rated aluminum glazing systems can be incorporated while addressing some of the common code considerations.

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Pultruded Fiberglass Windows and Doors

Composite materials have been used for thousands of years and new applications are identified each year. As one of the first modern composite materials, fiberglass is at the forefront of this innovation. This course will familiarize you with the basic aspects of fiberglass composites, specifically pultruded fiberglass, and target their usefulness and environmental advantages in the window and door industry.

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High Performance Joint Sealants – Understanding the Technology and Specification Considerations (Print Course)

Chemistry-dependent coatings and joint sealants courses are routinely requested by the specification community due to their potential impact on the asset and building owner. This course will cover the attributes and properties of joint sealants, where and why they are most often used in the built environment, where joint sealants are prescribed in MasterSpec and specification considerations. Joint sealant applications and comment from architectural industry leaders will also be covered.

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The Importance of Windows in Building Envelope Performance

This course looks at how windows contribute to the durability, healthiness, and energy efficiency of the building envelope, and how proper specification and installation helps prevent unwanted air and moisture infiltration. The case studies outlined in this course will illustrate how window strategies helped create a more effective building envelope.

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An Introduction to Steel Window & Door Systems

This course will review the primary considerations for steel window & door systems, and will focus on materials and methods that influence performance and longevity. Some of the topics covered include types of steel, sustainability of steel, rust protection methods, profile construction methods, finishing methods, glazing methods, and energy efficiency methods.

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Maximizing Indoor & Outdoor Living with Motorized Retractable Screens

Motorized screens not only look great but they provide excellent thermal benefits, great airflow, and the ability to control humidity. This course will provide an overview on motorized retractable screens, discussing the design and installation requirements, the different applications where these screens can be used, as well as looking at the thermal benefits of screen when using solar mesh and clear vinyl options.

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Polycarbonate Sheet Products for High Performance Architectural Glazing (Print Course)

This course will cover the use of polycarbonate sheet products for architectural glazing systems, including how to analyze a building’s needs and choose the correct glazing material to enhance the building envelope. Test methods and standards for polycarbonate glazing will be discussed, as will key applications and specifications.

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Understanding Window, Door and Skylight Certification

This course will outline window, door and skylight standards and building code requirements and how certifications can help architects, remodelers, and specifiers deliver work of the highest caliber.

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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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