Windows to the World: Going Big with Operable Glass Walls
BY C.C. SULLIVAN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
1.0 AIA LU/HSW
Today’s commercial and institutional buildings increasingly take advantage of large openings, including fenestration systems with multiple connected sliding or folding sections. These windows and doors can integrate with the building enclosure and each other, presenting a unique and even unexpected architectural element. Regardless of their design or stylistic function, the systems called multi-slide/fold operable glass walls provide a range of configurations and attendant performance features that lend appealing flexibility and openness to a variety of facility applications. Properly specified and integrated, they also deliver essential protective functions for the building envelope.
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
+ DESCRIBE general principles of designing with multislide/fold glass openings and the system types available.
+ LIST the benefits of using multi-slide/fold openings, including sustainability and ROI considerations.
+ DISCUSS the basic technical issues as well as ratings and applicable codes that govern the use of multi-slide/fold fenestration systems.
+ EXPLAIN how certain features and options in these fenestration systems, such as hardware and glass type, help address facility life cycle and maintenance concerns.