Sustainable design trends in windows, doors and door hardware [AIA course]

This AIA CES Discovery course is worth 1.0 AIA LU/HSW.

October 16, 2013 |

Architects, fenestration experts, and interior design consultants are looking for windows and doors for their projects that emphasize speed to the project site, a fair price, resilient and sustainable performance, and no callbacks. 

According to technical experts consulted for this course, demand for economical solutions for openings that do not sacrifice quality or performance, as well as uniformity and simplicity, play a significant factor when selecting products as part of prefinished opening systems. Door and window manufacturers have been responding with increasing alacrity, thanks to the use of just-in-time manufacturing and mass customization. 

This course reviews the many new options available to specifiers for durable, sustainable doors, windows, and door hardware.

After reading this article, you should be able to:

• List the green building and performance benefits of window and door products.

• Discuss green standards, labeling programs and new codes affecting window and door specifications and designs.

• Describe the variables of window/door selection that impact sustainability and occupant health, safety and welfare, including productivity and comfort effects.

• Explain the impact of sustainability advances, such as environmental product declarations, on window and door selection. 



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