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Seeing Clearly: How Aggressive, New Energy Codes and Standards are Transforming the Way Commercial Windows are Manufactured and Specified

Continuing Education

Learn At Your Own Pace - You can take this course and follow along at your own pace. Speed up, slow down, or stop now and finish later. Click "Take the Course Test" to go straight to the test and earn your credits. You'll know immediately if you have earned credits and you will be able to print out your certificate of completion instantly.

Learning Objectives - At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss how recent upgrades to energy standards and codes, federal mandates, and voluntary rating systems are transforming the building industry.
  2. Explain the specific performance criteria that fenestration systems will need to achieve in order to meet stringent, new energy requirements.
  3. Describe high performance window systems and components that meet the new energy performance criteria for fenestration.
  4. Explain the differences between AAMA standards and NFRC ratings for windows.
  5. Discuss how specs for commercial windows will need to be written going forward in order to meet new, high performance requirements.

AIA logo Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW
This course explores how recent, significant changes to energy codes and standards are transforming the way commercial window systems are manufactured and specified. Key performance requirements - including Federal mandates and rating system upgrades − will be discussed, together with the specific performance criteria that new fenestration systems will need to meet. The importance of optimizing "whole window" performance − glazing, spacers, and framing − will be addressed, and a list of recent advances in window system design and construction will be reviewed. The course ends with a discussion of how the new energy requirements are changing the way commercial windows are specified; in particular, how specs need to combine elements from both the National Fenestration Rating Council and the American Architectural Manufacturing Association in order to be effective.

Course Outline:

This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and then click "Take the Course Test" to take the exam for this course and earn your credit.

This test is no longer available for credit


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