Engaging Clients: Communication Strategies for Better Project Management

Communication is a key, but often overlooked, aspect of the architect’s role. Understanding what constitutes effective communication, as well as having an awareness of the tools that can aid communication, can enhance the architect’s role and enable projects to run more smoothly. Effective communication can also translate to more satisfied clients, repeat business, and projects that remain on-time and on-budget.

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The Psychology of Human Health and the Built Environment: Using Folding, Sliding, and Swing Doors as Wall Systems in Biophilic Design

Biophilic design has the ability to blur boundaries between the indoors and outdoors, creating spaces that contribute to occupant cognitive, physiological, and psychological well-being. Incorporating advanced door systems into biophilic design can help specifiers to adhere to biophilic tenets while optimizing the health of occupants and contributing to the functionality and beauty of a space.

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Housing's Next Frontier

Net Zero Homes are estimated to grow 33% from 2015-2016 alone, but why are they accounting for less than 1% of the U.S. housing stock?
Learn how you can boost your sales of Net Zero homes!

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A Better Way to Build

Five leaders of modular home construction share their informed perspectives on one of the housing industry’s most compelling topics.

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Rating the Building Envelope: Fenestration Testing and Certification

Learners will be able to understand the history and various aspects of 2017 edition of AAMA/WDMA/CSA101/I.S.2/A440—North American fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights (NAFS), including testing, performance class, performance grade, gateway performance requirements, and optional performance requirements.

By the end of the course, learners should also understand the differences between laboratory and field testing.

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High Tech Wood Windows: Design Challenges and Solutions

Wood windows remain immensely popular with designers and homeowners alike and have evolved over the decades. They are remarkable for their warmth and aesthetic appeal. The modern versions are also more impervious to environmental conditions and can achieve extremely high energy saving ratings with high-tech glass. Most importantly, wood windows have design flexibility that can accomplish the aesthetic program of any architectural style, from contemporary to traditional to ornate and custom.

This course teaches designers what is possible when wood windows are specified, and delves into how the wood for these windows is grown and then used in manufacturing for durability and conservation.

The course discusses how wood treatments have evolved to the superior state of strength possible today and explains how windows are tested and rated. These principles are illustrated via case studies showing the potential for wood windows specified to satisfy modern architectural challenges.

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2019 Trends in Windows & Doors: BIG is the window and door trend

Doors and windows have been expanding in size over the past several years, and there seems to be no end in sight. The 10-foot door is the new normal, while window walls can open up the whole side of a room to the outside, and windows mulled together can create a viewing plane of immense proportions. Read more about the 2019 trends.

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DOE: Building America Solution Center - Energy Star Windows

Select and install high-performance windows, preferably windows that are ENERGY STAR rated or that meet or exceed the ENERGY STAR program requirements for windows, doors, and skylights. If you are seeking certification under the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program or the U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Home program, read this for more specific guidance.

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DOE: Characterization of Energy Savings and Thermal Comfort Improvements Derived from Using Interior Storm Windows

This report records the results of a field study conducted in a historic home in Seattle, Washington, to document the performance of interior storm window inserts. The energy use and thermal performance of the house were monitored before and after the installation of the inserts. Using the defined analysis approach, it was determined that the interior storm windows produced a 22% reduction in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning energy use and reduced building envelope leakage by 8.6%. Learn more.

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DOE: Window and Frame Replacement – Code Compliance Brief

The intent of this brief is to provide additional information to help assure the measure will be deemed in acceptance with the code. Providing notes for codes officials on how to plan review and field inspect can help the builder or remodeler with the proposed designs and provide the jurisdiction with information for acceptance. Providing the same information to all interested parties (i.e., code officials, builders, designers) is expected to result in increased compliance and fewer innovations being questioned at the time of plan review and/or field inspection.

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