Creating Integrated Spaces for Wellbeing Using Folding, Multi Slide, and Swing Door Wall Systems

Integrating interior and exterior spaces has been shown to provide occupants with myriad benefits in a variety of settings. Establishing a connection with the outdoors can improve health and wellbeing for occupants at home or in the office, as well as encouraging healing and reducing stress. In retail settings, connections with nature have been shown to increase consumer spending, and in any environment, views and sounds of nature have proven to reduce stress and enhance concentration. Folding, multi slide, and swing door systems lend themselves to occupant wellbeing by integrating interior and exterior spaces and seamlessly providing controllable access to nature.

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Selecting Windows and Doors Engineered for Better Quality

Industry demands are always changing and evolving from trend to trend, style to style. You need to choose a window and door supplier that you trust their products will live up to their performance and durability claims.

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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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Exploring Fenestration Materials: Wood, Vinyl, Composite, and Hybrid

Windows no longer simply let light into a space; they can affect everything from biophilic design to circadian rhythm and energy efficiency. Having a solid understanding of performance grades, classifications, ratings, and testing products, as well as the manufacturing process, performance benefits, and design options of various window types can help specifiers choose the best product for their project.

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Managing Projects During a Labor Shortage and Rising Material Prices

Fluctuating markets, uncertainty surrounding tariffs, and the current labor shortage increases the financial risks for contractors, owners, architects, engineers, and other specifiers. Learning ways to mitigate such risks, including a better understanding of escalation clauses, value engineering, supply bonds, captive insurance, and subcontractor default insurance can help to protect specifiers from the unknown. Having greater insight into the current labor shortage, as well as adopting retention and recruitment strategies, can further help firms and businesses navigate uncertainty.

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Strategic Development and Business Basics:  Crafting a Business Plan that Creates Opportunities

New architects often aspire towards the day when they can open their own firms. For that to come to fruition, however, years of experience are not enough. Sound business development strategies are also needed to achieve the goal of opening a firm.

This course will teach budding architects strategic opportunities for business development, including marketing strategies to develop new opportunities, learning how to build alliances with outside sources, and understanding the importance of superior customer service. The course will impart how to develop and maintain a competitive edge.

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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.

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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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