Folding Glass Doors Are an Asset for Commercial Spaces
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With some 90 percent of Americans spending most of their days indoors, one of the most salutary things an architect can do for a building is to open it up to the outdoors and natural light. Whether interior or exterior, folding glass doors represent an advantageto commercial properties in several respects: they bring richness and light to a room; they maximize space by opening a room up tothe outdoors, or by reconfiguring interior areas; and they increase a building#s energy performance and green building quotient. Today#s profiles feature maximum glass and minimal frames, enhancing these benefits while creating a clean, crisp modern look. This article will discuss available options in glass folding doors for commercial projects, and address their performance characteristicsinterms of energy efficiency, impact resistance and sustainability. Also discussed will be ways in which glass folding doors can contribute to the health, safety and welfare of building occupants, and new options in meeting compliance with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
1. Discuss how interior and exterior folding glass doors contribute to green building goals.
2. Name the sustainability benefits of natural daylighting and views.
3. Describe a recent ADA-compliant feature for doors in commercial projects.
4. Identify where glass doors can contribute to LEED points.
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