Evolving design trends have driven the emergence of a new range of folding door products that complement modern architecture and improve user experience through performance and ease of operation. This course will review key attributes of these next-generation folding doors, including product styling and sightlines, size capabilities, hardware design and placement, and performance criteria. You will learn how these design improvements open up sightlines, ease operation, and boost the performance of folding doors.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine how the lines between residential and commercial design are blurring, and how architects can use folding door systems in each market to enhance their designs.
  • Explore how narrower stiles and larger panel sizes work together to improve sightlines and views to the exterior by minimizing obstructions and maximizing glazing.
  • Discover how innovative hardware solutions improve aesthetics and make folding doors easier to operate.
  • Review performance measures for folding doors, including water penetration, structural strength, and air infiltration, and understand how next-generation folding doors improve on each of these metrics.

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of folding door products.