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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Commercial Fire-Rated Aluminum Glazing Systems

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.

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How Vinyl Window & Door Products Meet the Unique Goals of Multifamily Housing Projects

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 project’s performance, aesthetic needs, and budget criteria while benefiting the owners, occupants, and the environment.

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Advantages of Rotary White Maple for Architectural Wood Door Faces (Print Course)

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.

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Understanding and Specifying with WDMA’s Architectural Door Standards

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.

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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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Designing Better Spaces Series: Customized, Personalized Windows & Doors

The purpose of this course is to present the customization that is possible with windows and doors to personally align with the client’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.

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Designing Better Spaces Series: Unique Door and Window Applications

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, we’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.

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Pultruded Fiberglass Windows and Doors

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.

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