How Windows are Designed, Tested and Rated

Sponsored by Milgard Windows & Doors

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how window performance improves the building’s comfort and energy efficiency.
  2. Describe how the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) program tests and rates windows.
  3. Discuss how the American Architectural Manufacturing Association (AAMA) tests and rates windows.
  4. Discuss what criteria must be met in order for windows to contribute to various standards, codes and voluntary practices for performance and energy efficiency.
  5. Identify high performance window technologies that increase energy efficiency and sustainability.

Credits:

HSW
1 AIA LU/HSW
GBCI
1 GBCI CE Hour
AIBD
1 AIBD P-CE
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*
AAA
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NSAA
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
 
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course is approved as a Core Course
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings consume 40 percent of all the energy used nationwide. Achieving optimal energy efficiency in buildings can drastically reduce overall energy consumption, and windows can play a key role in achieving improved performance. Building energy codes, standards and voluntary practices exist to provide a target for achieving recognized and acceptable levels of energy efficiency and establish minimum performance standards for residential and commercial buildings. In order to meet codes and standards, windows must be tested, rated, and designed for optimal performance. This course will provide a thorough introduction to the relationship between windows and energy efficiency and the importance of installing appropriate windows with high performance technologies. We will discuss window performance ratings and how they can help to reduce energy costs and improve the comfort of building occupants.

How Windows Designed

 

Milgard<sup>®</sup> Windows & Doors Since 1962, Milgard® Windows & Doors has manufactured superior, top-quality windows and patio doors backed with an industry-leading Full Lifetime Warranty. Whether you need vinyl, fiberglass, wood, or aluminum, Milgard has the right product to beautifully reflect your vision. With resources available for new construction and remodeling projects, you’ll find Revit files, AutoCAD drawings, and SketchUp designs ready for your use on www.milgard.com.

 

Originally published in February 2020

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