The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and other forces are changing the face of architecture, including a gravitation toward more contemporary styles and solutions. Many of the related architectural elements — including windows and doors — are rooted in principles introduced by modernists nearly a century ago. This course will closely examine the connection between current events and fenestration design, the enduring influence of modern architecture, design trends and influences in contemporary architecture, and fenestration options for contemporary window and door solutions.
Handcrafted Windows and Doors for the Luxury Architectural Market: Safety, Performance, and Sustainability (Print Course)
“Authenticity” and “handcrafted” are consumer buzz words that encompass everything from small-batch breweries and beers to the mission statements of big corporations. In architecture, these words tie in to design, connectivity with clients, and what is specified in homes. Specifying authentically handcrafted materials, including those for luxury, high-performing windows, harkens back to the Arts and Crafts Movement and speaks to a contemporary generation of clients that prefer one-of-a-kind objects to those that are mass produced. Luxury, handcrafted windows lend themselves to form, function, and the specific needs of exacting clients, as well as to the creation of durable, timeless structures.
Integrating interior and exterior spaces has been shown to provide occupants with myriad benefits in a variety of settings. Establishing a connection with the outdoors can improve health and wellbeing for occupants at home or in the office, as well as encouraging healing and reducing stress. In retail settings, connections with nature have been shown to increase consumer spending, and in any environment, views and sounds of nature have proven to reduce stress and enhance concentration. Folding, multi slide, and swing door systems lend themselves to occupant wellbeing by integrating interior and exterior spaces and seamlessly providing controllable access to nature.
Contemporary architecture attempts to maximize daylight, minimize ornamentation, and connect interiors to the outdoors (biophilia). Fenestration plays a great role in achieving this aesthetic. This course will discuss how to fill very large openings with mulled windows, punched-opening window walls, moving walls with large doors, and timber curtain walls. The course will identify window and door styles, design options, and performance measures that must be considered when specifying oversized openings for both residential and commercial projects.
Industry demands are always changing and evolving from trend to trend, style to style. You need to choose a window and door supplier that you trust their products will live up to their performance and durability claims.
Builders and architects in North America are always looking for new ways to incorporate sustainable and cost-saving materials. Wood is known as a visually appealing material but has inherent limitations when it absorbs water. Acetylated wood has several benefits, including increased dimensional stability, water resistance, and a longer lifespan. Its use in sustainable construction projects helps contribute to LEED v4 points and it has a negative carbon footprint by using responsibly sourced timber.
This course will introduce and describe acetylated wood and how it’s made and will explore how and when to use it in windows and doors as well as the many benefits of acetylated wood in window and door applications.
Communication is a key, but often overlooked, aspect of the architect’s role. Understanding what constitutes effective communication, as well as having an awareness of the tools that can aid communication, can enhance the architect’s role and enable projects to run more smoothly. Effective communication can also translate to more satisfied clients, repeat business, and projects that remain on-time and on-budget.
Specifying Automatic Pedestrian Entryways that Support Universal Design and Exceed ADA Standards (Print Course)
Architects and designers continue to adopt and share strategies to boost universal design for doorways and entrances. Rather than aiming for minimum compliance, which is enforced by codes and ADA, these savvy building professionals are thinking about universal design and user preferences, and differentiating their buildings by leveraging appropriate technologies.
The keys to success include: *Choosing and designing appropriate entries, openings and doors for people with varied abilities. *Applying those door systems to meet and exceed all ADA requirements for entries in buildings of certain sizes. *All while complying with published building codes and standards.
The Psychology of Human Health and the Built Environment: Using Folding, Sliding, and Swing Doors as Wall Systems in Biophilic Design
Biophilic design has the ability to blur boundaries between the indoors and outdoors, creating spaces that contribute to occupant cognitive, physiological, and psychological well-being. Incorporating advanced door systems into biophilic design can help specifiers to adhere to biophilic tenets while optimizing the health of occupants and contributing to the functionality and beauty of a space.
Windows no longer simply let light into a space; they can affect everything from biophilic design to circadian rhythm and energy efficiency. Having a solid understanding of performance grades, classifications, ratings, and testing products, as well as the manufacturing process, performance benefits, and design options of various window types can help specifiers choose the best product for their project.