Designing for Coastal Living: Achieving Durability, Safety, and Beauty

Sponsored by Marvin
By Erika Fredrickson
1.25 AIA LU/HSW; 1 IDCEC CEU/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss both aesthetic and durability design considerations and trends for residential projects in coastal areas.
  2. Describe materials used in windows and doors that respond to coastal elements.
  3. Explain the performance criteria of impact-rated windows and how they are tested.
  4. Recognize window and door installation and warranty considerations for coastal design.

This course is part of the Custom Home Academy

Coastal living is easy to idealize but living by the water means being exposed to the elements in more extreme ways than living in other places. Sun, salt, wind, rain, and debris all take a toll on waterfront houses, which is why specifying building materials created for coastal living is imperative. In the past, these considerations have sometimes limited the aesthetic vision architects may have for coastal design. These days, however, high-performance materials for doors and windows can provide high-level durability and still create beautiful design that embodies that idealized vision of coastal living. This course explores how to specify window and door technologies that support the health, safety, and well-being of the occupant and achieve the architectural vision.

Coastal Living

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Originally published in April 2022