Specifying Custom Fiberglass Doors: The Performance of Fiberglass and the Aesthetic of Real Wood

Exterior fiberglass doors that have the look, feel, weight, and—when knocked on, even the sound— of hardwood doors handcrafted by true artisans may be the ultimate combination of form and function.

This course discusses the many benefits of fiberglass doors and the process of creating fiberglass doors using molds made from real wood species. The testing and rating of fiberglass doors is followed by a gallery of ideas for different styles of architecture, various types of wood and decorative accents.

The course will demonstrate how to customize fiberglass to create an aesthetically pleasing space that is also functional.

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Achieving the Look of Historic Windows in New Design and Construction

Window details play a large part in determining the character and aesthetics of building design. When the look of an historic building is desired, the designer must pay attention to lite size, aspect ratio, lite patterns, casing, sill detail, and muntin selection of the window. This course explains and illustrates the details of historic windows to help designers specify for and achieve a traditional design.

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Manufacturing Windows and Doors: What Qualifies as Sustainable?

This course examines what makes a window truly sustainable. We discuss the important aspect of energy efficiency, but have deepened our study of sustainability to include a manufacturer’s attention to resource efficiency, to occupant health, and to durability. When all four factors are robustly addressed by a manufacturer, the windows and doors that company produces will more fully embrace the spirit of sustainability that green-leaning architects want for their buildings.

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Windows and Doors For Coastal Challenges: What Lighthouse Restorations Can Teach Us About Coastal Resiliency

The climate of the planet is changing and designers, engineers, and builders must change along with it. Resiliency to natural and man-made disasters is increasingly discussed in the design/build industry.

This course highlights the need for resilient buildings, and the features in windows and doors that can make them resilient, with a focus on restored lighthouses as our guide. That includes frame materials, impact resistant glazing, and proper installation.

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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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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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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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