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. Learn more about Sustainable Design for Windows and how choosing an ENERGY STAR® rated window can contribute towards LEED for Homes credit.
This course will provide the architect with an overview of different window materials and options available today, as well as an explanation of some of the main criteria used to evaluate windows.
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.
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.
Numerous case studies and full lifecycle assessments based on real sustainability criteria demonstrate that PVC windows provide measurable benefits and solve many of the problems architects and owners face with alternative window systems.
This course will explore the use of PVC windows in multifamily housing and will discuss market forces driving demand as well as the environmental, economic, and functional impacts of integrating PVC windows. This learning unit will also provide guidelines for helping architects select PVC window profiles that best meet a project’s performance, aesthetic, and budgetary criteria.
Windows, views, and openings in buildings present the classic battle between form and function. The designer naturally wants the building’s occupants to enjoy views and light, but the solar heat gain from these openings can wreak havoc on sustainable goals; however, sophisticated and high-performing solar control fabrics can help reconcile the form and function of light, views, and sustainability.
There are many solar control fabrics on the market; wading through them can be overwhelming. This course aims to help educate the designer about what performance fabrics are, the content of various fabrics, how they work, and the benefits to a sustainable design in meeting and maximizing your goals of occupant health, safety, wellbeing, and sustainability.
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.
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.
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.
Contemporary residential architecture attempts to maximize daylight, minimize ornamentation, and connect interiors to the outdoors. Fenestration plays a great role in achieving this aesthetic, especially when window and door products manufactured specifically for the contemporary design market are specified. This course will discuss the importance of fenestration in contemporary residential architecture both historically and today, and will identify window styles, window options, and performance measures that you will want to consider when specifying windows and doors for contemporary residences.