This high-level review will aid architects and designers in selecting the best window systems based upon the owner’s needs and code requirements. From the beginning of constructing shelters, windows have been utilized for ventilation, lighting, and egress. Today, they are still utilized for the same reasons, but with far greater efficiency. Building construction and construction component requirements continue to change based upon the local environment, construction codes, types of occupants, and energy requirements.
Over the years, windows have changed to keep up with all these demands. Test standards have been created specifically for evaluating window performance. Window operation or configurations have also changed giving architects a range to select from. Selecting the correct window for a project can be overwhelming with all the options.
Architects need a better understanding of performance levels, testing standards, and configurations to help narrow down the best options for each specific project. In this presentation, we will review test standards and how to evaluate them, performance levels, window configurations, and installation.
Participants will learn about:
- Various configuration options available in architectural grade aluminum windows
- Various performance grades offered and the differences between these
- The importance of the testing standards supporting window performance
- Various ways that windows can be installed based upon code requirements and the surround condition