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Performance Plus: Specifying Aluminum Fenestration Products

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Confronted with the alphabet soup of codes, standards and green building measurements, the architect selecting aluminum fenestration for a commercial project may need help to understand the key elements of high performance windows. The decisions that influence window, curtain wall, and storefront selection require knowledge of structural, thermal, safety, visible transmittance and even acoustic properties. A review of major industry standards will provide an overview for the architect specifying the appropriate fenestration product for their next project. This article will also review the problems to avoid when selecting quality aluminum windows, curtain walls and storefronts.
Aluminum windows, storefronts and curtain walls can be specified for many market segments. High performance aluminum windows are becoming a standard in commercial markets from schools to retail stores. Architects are specifying aluminum windows for replacement windows in historic schools, for auto dealerships, government and public projects, manufacturing and industrial buildings as well as for major hospitals and in healthcare settings. They are choosing aluminum fenestration products for their versatility as well as for providing window systems along with high performance glazing that are affordable, durable and sustainable.

Objectives

1. Discuss the key energy codes and standards that influence the architectural aluminum fenestration selection.

2. Specify the appropriate fenestration product type(s) for different building types and applications.

3. Explore ways to ensure proper installation for optimal performance.

4. Determine how architectural aluminum fenestration products can contribute toward LEEDr points forprojects.

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