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Sustainability and Window Materials 101

GBCI: 0920013543

Windows play a significant role in the function and comfort of a building, from providing natural light and ventilation, to adding architectural features. Windows also play a large part in the sustainability of a structure.
Eligible for .5 CE HOURS.
  • .5 CE

  • LU/HSW

Rating system: v2009

Published on: June 23, 2017

Average: 4 (22 votes)


The most common factors when discussing the sustainability of windows are durability, energy efficiency, and resource efficiency. In this course, we look at the four most common window frame materials – vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum, and wood – and discuss the factors that contribute to sustainability for each of them. Finally, we look at the factors that contribute to the sustainability of window manufacturing operations.

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  1. Discuss the environmental factors of fiberglass windows.
  2. Understand the sustainability aspects of vinyl windows.
  3. Identify the environmental factors of aluminum windows.
  4. Describe the sustainability aspects of wood windows.
  5. Examine ways that window manufacturing plants achieve sustainability
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America Training Solutions
Raleigh, NC
United States


Jim McBride
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