Volume 27, Issue 2 - March/April 2013

Continuing Education Corner

Glass and glazing, metal systems and various other fenestration technologies are continuously evolving. As a result it’s important for the architectural community to stay up-to-date on the most recent information in a variety of areas, including residential windows. Keep yourself informed about these many options, and consider some of these industry courses. You’ll gain valuable information and knowledge while also earning continuing education credits.

Course Title: Understanding Window Performance Standards
Provider: Viwinco Windows
Learning units: 1

Covering both commercial and residential classes, this one-hour presentation outlines and explains the key criteria used to determine a window’s overall performance grade. Specific attention is paid to the evolution of testing requirements for structural performance, air and water infiltration, and forced entry.
The presentation also provides an overview of impact testing, optional testing and thermal performance requirements across climate zones. Video footage is included as well.

Course Title: Air, Water and Structural Testing for Windows and Doors
Provider: Weather Shield Windows and Doors
Learning units: 1

Course participants will learn to define the four fundamentals—air, water, structural and forced entry—of design performance (DP) ratings. Testing standards, test methods and evaluations as defined by AAMA are identified and explained for each of these criteria. The six factors in determining design load for structural performance are also explained. In addition, the AAMA labeling system is reviewed, educating participants in the ability to analyze the labeling system for jobsite verification. This course is also a precursor to c104 – Window and Door Design for Storm Protection.

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