Privacy and Protection: Using Motorized Retractable Screens to Blend Indoor and Outdoor Living Spaces

The move toward healthy homes & buildings has pushed design professionals to blend indoor/outdoor spaces and increase the number and size of exterior openings. As the trends for outdoor living continue to be a top consideration for homeowners, motorized retractable screen specification provides an option for building professionals to help clients maximize their livable space while managing daylight, solar heat gain, and ventilation.

These screens benefit occupancy wellness by providing excellent thermal benefits, airflow, and the ability to control humidity. This course will provide an overview of motorized retractable screens, discussing the design and installation requirements, the different applications where these screens can be used, as well as the thermal benefits of using solar mesh and clear vinyl options.

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Designing Building Spaces that Integrate Building Design and the Outdoors with Oversized Fenestration Products (Print Course)

Finding ways to bring the outdoors inside is a modern building design trend that continues to influence the specification process. Consumers’ desire to blend nature with the built environment incorporates a desire to increase the amount of natural lighting and nature inside the home or commercial space.

Research continues to evolve demonstrating the need for nature to be incorporated in the built environment, not simply as a luxury, but as an investment in health and productivity. Mounting pressure for building and design professionals to not only meet LEED standards and current codes, but exceed them, continues to leverage the need for sustainability, green building manufacturing, and products that address the needs and wants of the consumer.

Up until recently, it can be said that only luxury markets could afford the type of oversized windows and doors that permit the most amount of sunlight due to intricate design, complicated installation, and maintenance of oversized windows and doors. However, new products on the market are making this design and lifestyle trend more accessible and with more choices than ever.

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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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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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6 Ways to Incorporate Contemporary Design into Your Home E-book

At its roots, contemporary design embraces straight lines and natural elements. Sleek, casual and inviting, contemporary design is simple yet stunning. This e-book provides insights on six ideas for contemporary looking spaces: Natural light; Interior and exterior synergies; Simplicity and minimalism; Tone-on-tone palettes; Form follows function; and An element of surprise.

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Benefits of High-Performance Windows in Historic Preservation and Renovation (Print Course)

Historic preservation projects require a significant amount of care and attention to detail. Although window replacements are traditionally seen as a last resort to repair and ongoing maintenance, working with the right partners can improve the building’s energy efficiency while preserving its legacy. Windows can have the most significant architectural impact on a building’s aesthetics, and architects and designers should understand how to balance the needs of multiple stakeholders. This is achieved through knowledge of windows’ role in both sustainability and preservation, increased building operational efficiency, various design options to meet strict historic renovation criteria, and how to manage federal, state, and local building codes and tax incentives.

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Affordable and Low-Maintenance Dark Windows

In the past, darker window frames were limited to painted wood, aluminum, aluminum-clad, or composite material frames due to the higher price point. Affordable, low-maintenance materials such as vinyl were limited to white and tan because of the colors’ low reflectivity and resistance to heat build-up from sun exposure. However, advances in vinyl pigments and new, thermal-resistant paints now provide architects with a wider array of dark colored window material options that are more affordable. This course will explore the basic aesthetics and trends of dark colors and provide a detailed discussion of choosing available dark window styles.

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