Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • The first word that comes to mind regarding impact windows and doors is "hurricane." Yes, impact glass windows and doors are mostly used in hurricane-prone states where, in certain places, it is a state law to install hurricane shutters or upgrade to hurricane glass.  However, impact glass is beneficial in many applications beyond category three hurricanes and winds. Once window... more »
  • The vertical separation between our living space and the elements is made up of three primary sectors: the common wall area, fenestration and the installation perimeter of the fenestration. All three share similar demands as part of the building envelope—to keep weather out and climate control in. Even though a window (or door) is an independent component in itself, it’s still a window, in a wall... more »
  • The series of columns on the new provisions of the 2015 International Codes for fenestration continues this month with a discussion about design wind speeds from the 2015 International Residential Code. The design wind speed model used in the 2015 IRC has been revised to the Strength Design (SD) model. With this change, the design wind speed model used in the 2015 IRC will be consistent with that... more »
  • How to navigate the multi-panel door market
    ABSi orchestrated the details on this project that uses LaCantina Door’s folding door system to extend the kitchen and living room of this farm house into the veranda. (Photography by Open Homes Photography) The concept of bringing the outside in is nothing new to the industry. But, the trend hasn’t yet permeated all levels of the general public, as traditionally it has... more »
  • One window design trend in recent years is a movement toward a “narrow, flat, pre-punched appendage around the entire perimeter through which we drive nails to anchor the fenestration to the wall structure.”  You may be wondering why I’m being so abstract in terming this component. I choose to because there is no one term and I want you to consider what you would naturally... more »
  • In December of 2014, AAMA introduced AAMA 103-14a, Procedural Guide for Certification of Window, Door and Skylight Assemblies, a completely revised Certification Program guide designed to comply with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity Assessment— Requirements for Bodies Certifying Products- 2012, as the basis for ANSI accreditation. Until now, the program has been based on ISO... more »
  • How one architect designed a dream home on an energy diet
    Background: Homeowners Jesse and wife Shannon Lizer wanted to build a home that was highly energy efficient. “I didn’t need to hit Passive House standards, but I wanted high insulative values and super low air infiltrations,” Jesse explains. As an architect, he knew that, along with the shell would come requirements for windows and doors that would meet their energy goals... more »
  • Quality management systems and unintended consequences
    Editor’s note: This column is the last in a two-part series on the new AAMA 103-14a Procedural Guide for Certification; read part one here. In part one of this article, we reviewed many of the significant changes found in AAMA 103-14a, the Procedural Guide for Certification of Window, Door and Skylight Assemblies. This is the supplement to “AAMA 101” as it completes the answer... more »
  • Humor yourself for a moment and read this out loud really fast: nail fin; flush fin; mounting flange; frontal flange; face flange; frontal fin; non-frontal flange; mounting fin; exterior flush fin; surface flange. So far, our industry has come up with these 10 terms (and a few others) to describe a grand total of two window frame appendages. I’m actually kind of amused by this and I’m... more »
  • This month’s discussion of the new 2015 International Code requirements for fenestration shifts to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code. The 2015 IECC offers a new, alternate compliance path for residential construction. The new provisions are based upon establishing an Energy Rating Index for the new home. The ERI compares the anticipated energy usage of the home to that of a... more »