Advances in Fenestration Design and Functionality

Innovative products and strategies bring fenestration solutions to the next level
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Sponsored by CornellCookson, C.R. Laurence – U.S. Aluminum, Graham Architectural Products, Guardian Glass, Marvin Windows and Doors, Milgard® Windows & Doors, NanaWall Systems, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America, and Vitrocsa USA
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Designers and architects looking to meet a host of challenges related to building openings have an enormous advantage given the current options available to them. From aesthetics and design trends to code compliance and energy efficiency, innovations in fenestration play an integral role in helping to optimize the aesthetics and performance of new construction and renovation projects throughout the United States and beyond.


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Originally published in Architectural Record


Advances in Fenestration Design and Functionality
Buyer's Guide
Extreme 300 Series High Performance Grille
The Extreme® 300 Series Grille is three times faster than standard coiling grilles and performs 300,000 cycles. Opening at speeds up to 24 inches per second and closing at 12 inches per second, it also improves air flow and allows more natural light in applications like parking facilities and transportation hubs.
Entice® Ultra-Narrow Stile Thermal Entrance
Entice merges all-glass aesthetics with full-frame thermal performance. Featuring ultra-narrow 1⅛-inch vertical stiles, it offers one of the thinnest profiles available while delivering U-factors as low as 0.33 using thermally broken framing and cladding. Entice also has the unique ability to support door handle hardware—including panic devices—on 1-inch insulating glass.
C.R. Laurence – U.S. Aluminum
SR6700 Series Steel Replica Window
Graham Architectural Products’ innovative SR6700 Series window is designed to replicate the original steel windows used in many older buildings. It features large sizes with a floating vent, minimal sight lines, and applied grids. The SR6700’s design is so authentic, it has helped numerous projects attain National Park Service approval.
Graham Architectural Products
Guardian Jumbo Glass
Guardian Jumbo Glass lets you impress at first sight with expansive exteriors that communicate confident design. We’re bringing larger glass sizes to North America with our newest jumbo coater—extending views and experiences. Start exploring possibilities for your upcoming projects today.
Marvin Contemporary Direct Glaze Windows
Available in corner units, rectangles, polygons, and sizes up to 86 inches wide and 146 inches high, these windows give architects the luxury of matching Marvin’s Contemporary Studio collection of windows with direct glaze options. With narrow profiles and clean lines, windows from Marvin deliver modern aesthetics and performance to frame contemporary points of view.
Marvin Windows and Doors
Essence Series® Wood Windows and Doors
Milgard combines a durable, energy-efficient fiberglass exterior for exceptional weather performance with beautiful solid wood interior. Essence Series is built to last. Crafted with award-winning features like SmartTouch® hardware for ease of use, Essence Series offers a Full Lifetime Warranty with Glass Breakage Coverage that includes parts and labor.
Milgard® Windows & Doors
NanaWall Single Track Systems
Design around structural obstacles with the flexibility to park panels anywhere. Panels can park outside the plane of the opening in a parking bay, closet, or even in another room.
NanaWall Systems
Keralite SafeGuard
Keralite SafeGuard provides uncompromised life safety and physical security against fire, accidental impact, and domestic terror. Product features include fire, forced-entry, and intrusion resistance; impact safety rated per CPSC16 CFR Part 1201 (Categories I & II), ANSI Z97.1, and CAN/CGSB 12.1-M90; and easy installation into standard fire-rated applications.
Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America
The Invisible Glass Wall Sliding System
The original minimal sliding wall system invented in Switzerland in 1992 is now manufactured in the United States from Swiss-made profiles. This thermally broken system has ultra-slim sightlines and is offered as sliding, fixed, vertical sliding, pivoting, and from mid-2018, also as turnable corner and casement windows. It is air, water, and acoustics tested, available as dual or triple glazed, and optional hurricane impact rated.
Vitrocsa USA