This course discusses the latest trends, certifications and standards surrounding fenestration. In nonresidential construction, Building Teams are finding that product and system selection is becoming increasingly complicated, due to three demands from building occupants:
1. Greater security concerns and desire for improved safety
2. The need for fenestration that is easier to use, especially with mounting use of operable windows
3. Doors and windows that improve client or user satisfaction, especially in highly competitive markets
All this has led to growth in new products—automatic doors, tilt-and-turn windows, and a new generation of robust storefront systems.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
+ DISCUSS current certifications, codes, and standards that affect fenestration system design with respect to energy performance, safety and security, and ease of use.
+ LIST the benefits and drawbacks of specific window, door, and glass envelope products, including tilt-and-turn windows, automatic sliding doors, and storefront systems.
+ DESCRIBE durability and resiliency problems, as well as occupant experience concerns related to optimal detailing of fenestration systems.
+ COMPARE products such as unitized storefront and tiltturn windows to other more commonly used fenestration approaches.