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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Understanding Window, Door and Skylight Certification

This course will outline window, door and skylight standards and building code requirements and how certifications can help architects, remodelers, and specifiers deliver work of the highest caliber.

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Using the 7 Principles of Universal Design for Specifying Windows and Glass Doors

This course examines the difference between universal design and accessibility required by law, and lists the types of people of varied abilities who benefit from universal design, particularly as it applies to homes. We then take a look at the 7 Principles of Universal Design, as developed by the North Carolina State University’s College of Design, and explore examples of each, from windows set low enough to offer views to a person in a wheelchair, to sliding doors that open with a touch to accommodate those with arthritis or other challenges. Finally, we look at the business side of universal design and discussing the principles with clients.

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Daylighting Inside and Out: Unconventional Ways to Bring More Natural Light Into and Throughout a Building

Exposure to natural light is beneficial for building occupants on many levels. We all know it intuitively and we feel better in interior spaces with natural light. Plus, studies conclusively demonstrate measurable benefits for health, moods, learning, and productivity.
The time-honored method for allowing natural light into a building is, of course, through windows. However, there are many more strategies for bringing natural light into and throughout a building. This course explores the sometimes-overlooked strategies for the flow of natural light into and throughout a building, including light tubes in closets, French doors in interiors, natural-light-flooded stairwells, sliding glass walls, and more.

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The New Essence Series® Patio Doors

Jeff Cain speaks from the 2015 PCBC show on the features and benefits of the Essence Series® Patio Door, focusing on the beauty of the door and its smooth quiet operation during the demonstration.

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Top Reasons to Specify Pella® Windows: Helping You Sell More Homes Faster & Easier

For builders, service is a key aspect of their vendor relationships. That’s why Pella, the most recognized window manufacturer in the market today, strives to provide the best service all the way down the line. Read eight ways Pella serves builders better.

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Quality Products, On-Time Delivery and Follow-Through: How Pella Delivers on All Three

Read why this custom builder believes Pella has the complete package: superior product, multiple style choices and technical expertise.

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Top Reasons to Specify Pella® Windows: From Product Choice Through Delivery and Service, Pella Hits All the Right Notes

When it comes to window replacement, homeowners are often bewildered by the wide array of styles and materials, and remodelers worry about timelines, delivery schedules, and service. Pella can help you ease these concerns for your customers. Read eight reasons how.

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Beauty, Value and Performance: Remodelers Look to Pella When It Comes to Replacement Windows and Doors

Pella’s service and the quality of the windows and doors themselves, plus the craftsmanship that goes into them appeals to remodeling contractors.

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