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.
This course will explore the benefits of using vinyl window products to meet the unique goals of multifamily housing. It will also provide guidelines to help architects specify vinyl window systems that best meet a projectâ€™s performance, aesthetic needs, and budget criteria while benefiting the owners, occupants, and the environment.
Too often, specified hardwood veneer-faced doors fall short of designer and client expectations. These expectations include a range of issues, including aesthetic appeal, affordability, legal sourcing and sustainability. However, architects can avoid common pitfalls by specifying rotary white maple (RWM) hardwood faces to meet project goals and client expectations for design, function and cost.
Architectural wood flush and architectural wood stile and rail doors are part of a superior interior built environment, and now there are improved standards to guide your specifications. The industry overhauled interior architectural door standards, ANSI/WDMA I.S. 1A-2013 and ANSI/WDMA I.S. 6A-2013, to provide a greater focus on performance-driven specifications. This course will describe the standards, including performance duty levels, aesthetics, construction and finishes for architectural wood doors.
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 manufacturerâ€™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.
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.
The purpose of this course is to present the customization that is possible with windows and doors to personally align with the clientâ€™s needs, wants and lifestyle. Learn how to incorporate specific window and door products and options that will enhance the outcome of the project. Aesthetics and performance will include specifics to each region of the country. You will see some truly remarkable ideas that have become reality.
This course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the benefits of integrating innovative windows and doors to achieve beautifully designed spaces. Throughout this course, weâ€™ll give you highlights from the industry in the hopes of imparting an understanding of how specific windows and doors can be utilized to reach an optimal architectural solution.
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.
High Performance Joint Sealants â€“ 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.