The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and other forces are changing the face of architecture, including a gravitation toward more contemporary styles and solutions. Many of the related architectural elements — including windows and doors — are rooted in principles introduced by modernists nearly a century ago. This course will closely examine the connection between current events and fenestration design, the enduring influence of modern architecture, design trends and influences in contemporary architecture, and fenestration options for contemporary window and door solutions.
Handcrafted Windows and Doors for the Luxury Architectural Market: Safety, Performance, and Sustainability (Print Course)
“Authenticity” and “handcrafted” are consumer buzz words that encompass everything from small-batch breweries and beers to the mission statements of big corporations. In architecture, these words tie in to design, connectivity with clients, and what is specified in homes. Specifying authentically handcrafted materials, including those for luxury, high-performing windows, harkens back to the Arts and Crafts Movement and speaks to a contemporary generation of clients that prefer one-of-a-kind objects to those that are mass produced. Luxury, handcrafted windows lend themselves to form, function, and the specific needs of exacting clients, as well as to the creation of durable, timeless structures.
Contemporary architecture attempts to maximize daylight, minimize ornamentation, and connect interiors to the outdoors (biophilia). Fenestration plays a great role in achieving this aesthetic. This course will discuss how to fill very large openings with mulled windows, punched-opening window walls, moving walls with large doors, and timber curtain walls. The course will identify window and door styles, design options, and performance measures that must be considered when specifying oversized openings for both residential and commercial projects.
Specifying electrochromic glazing for buildings in which solar control is a challenge is a preferred solution for many applications. From classroom settings to healthcare facilities, commercial office, and retail spaces, these applications make sense to feature electrochromic glazing to showcase atriums and skylights. Electrochromic glazing creates a wellness space through achieving energy performance and enhancing the occupancy experience. In addition, electrochromic glazing offers design flexibility, occupant benefits, and contributes to sustainability and energy savings.
Solar shading devices, while available in numerous weaves, textures, and colors, go beyond contributing to the aesthetics of a space. Specified correctly, solar shading devices can maximize daylighting benefits and contribute to occupant well-being, productivity, and engagement while mitigating the detrimental effects of UV rays and glare.
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.
Builders and architects in North America are always looking for new ways to incorporate sustainable and cost-saving materials. Wood is known as a visually appealing material but has inherent limitations when it absorbs water. Acetylated wood has several benefits, including increased dimensional stability, water resistance, and a longer lifespan. Its use in sustainable construction projects helps contribute to LEED v4 points and it has a negative carbon footprint by using responsibly sourced timber.
This course will introduce and describe acetylated wood and how it’s made and will explore how and when to use it in windows and doors as well as the many benefits of acetylated wood in window and door applications.
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.
Prefabrication has progressed from a condition born of necessity to a customizable manufacturing process that expedites timelines and provides a response to the current labor shortage. Prefabrication processes have addressed issues with environmental, supply chain, sustainability, and waste concerns.
Today, curtain wall and window wall systems are building components that can be prefabricated as a unitized system or put together on site as a stick system. Recognizing when to specify each can help to mitigate risk and delay, as well as contribute to a building’s overall aesthetic.
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.