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.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss how breakthroughs in the wood treatment process have led to environmentally friendly fungal and insect resistant wood components.
  • Explain best practices for newly fabricated windows and doors custom built to meet stringent historical requirements.
  • Describe how window technology and design creativity can preserve views.
  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of how windows and doors can be modified to incorporate products from related industries and incorporate them in such a way as to enhance the overall performance of a building.

Pre-Requisite: Basic knowledge of windows, wood characteristics.