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Beyond Performance: Window Materials and Their Environmental Impacts

Format On Demand: Online
Offered by Hanley Wood, LLC
Category Indoor environmental quality

Windows and doors are very important considerations in any design. With proper selection and specification they can enhance not only the look of a home or building, but their performance as well. Before you specify a window or door, you should consider the em bo died energy, lifecycle and material benefits of any product. This program will look beyond performance of windows and compare t he or igin of common frame materials, their carbon footprints, lifecycles and durability. It will look at each component individua


  • Compare and contrast basic performance and quality characteristics of four common window and door frame materials.
  • Compare and contrast material origins of wood, aluminum, vinyl and fiberglass used for window and door frame construction.
  • Compare and contrast the carbon footprint and lifecycle analyses of wood, aluminum, fiberglass and vinyl window and door frames.
  • Describe how wood, aluminum, fiberglass and vinyl window and door frames differ in terms of durability and installed performance.
  • Describe how windows were incorporated into the net-zero Yannell House in Chicago to improve aesthetics and performance of the home.


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