Volume 23, Issue 3 - May/June 2009

AIA Continuing Education Update
Daylighting, Energy and Other Glass Options

Thanks to so many new developments, glass products are used for far more reasons than just a view to the outside. These days glass types that can meet both energy performance as well as comfort requirements are of particular interest when it comes to building design and construction. Luckily, a number of companies and organizations have developed AIA Continuing Education Courses to help you stay in the know when it comes to making your next glass selection.

Glass: The Right Choice
American Architectural Manufacturer’s Association
LU hours: 1
Developed by AAMA’s Glass Materials Council, this course is designed to provide a better understanding of the uses of glass in a commercial building, as well as the functionality and performance that glass can provide. The course explores the manufacturing and fabrication processes used to produce different types of glass, as well as the different applications for which glass can be used. It also covers the various kinds of fabricated glass solutions that can enhance basic glass performance, such as insulating units, safety glass, and fire-rated glass. Methods of measuring and evaluating glass performance to help you make smarter glass choices are also covered.

Daylighting and Glare Control
Advanced Glazings
LU hours: 1
This course from Advanced Glazings provides a look at the importance of effective daylighting in non-residential applications and examines the use of translucent glazings to achieve optimum daylighting.

Those taking the course will learn several key lessons. The program is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the importance of daylighting to occupants’ health and welfare, as well as shortcomings of traditional daylighting methods, according to company information. Participants will also learn the function of, and how to effectively apply, translucent glazings into the building envelope.

Daylighting Principles and Strategies for Sustainable Design
Whole Building Design Guide
LU hours: 1.5
According to course developers, daylighting is the controlled admission of natural light into a space through windows to reduce or eliminate electric lighting. Developers say that by providing a direct link to the dynamic and perpetually evolving patterns of outdoor illumination, daylighting helps create a visually stimulating and productive environment for building occupants, while reducing as much as one-third of total building energy costs. Course participants will learn about the principles of daylighting and other topics that support effective daylighting design.

Improving Thermal Performance in Structural Windows
LU hours: 1
This presentation explores the materials available for use in thermal barrier systems in terms of both thermal and structural performance. It also reinforces the use of warm-edge glass spacers as an effective way to reduce condensation and improve overall thermal efficiency in insulated glass window systems.

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