Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • Efficient Windows Collaborative Consortium of window and door manufacturers, industry suppliers, government agencies, and academic researchers, supported by Department of Energy, that promotes the use of energy efficient windows. Its web site features a great deal of useful information covering window energy performance issues. Detailed information is provided on different glazing and frame... more »
  • Guide to Standards & Tests
      September 17, 2008 Air, Water & Structural AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-05 Specifications for Windows, Doors and Unit SkylightsThis standard identifies requirements for windows, glass doors, skylights and, for the first time, side-hinged exterior doors. Structural integrity, water resistance, air leakage and forced entry are among the performance requirements addressed. Window and... more »
  •   September 17, 2008 The U.S. Green Building Council Organization devoted to developing green rating programs for all types of commercial and residential buildings.  Main site features information on its various LEED programs, rating systems under development, educational opportunities, its trade show and more.  USGBC offers a unique Web site, referenced below, specifically for... more »
  • September 17, 2008 Other Publications and Web Sites Behind the Logos: Understanding Green Product Certifications From Environmental Building News, January 2008 Passive Solar Design From Toolbase.org (NAHB Research Center) A Clear View: Vinyl Windows & the Environment From the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Vinyl Institute Hot... more »
  • Guide to Standards & Tests
    September 17, 2008 Installation ASTM E2112-07 Standard Practice for Installation of Exterior Windows, Doors and SkylightsThis document practice covers the installation of fenestration products in new and existing construction and is designed primarily to cover residential and light commercial applications. It is designed to educate the installer, builder, architect, and other users in the... more »
  • Courtesy of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association
    September 17, 2008 The family of International Codes published by the International Code Council is the most widely used set of model codes in the history of U.S. construction codes. In addition to their widespread use throughout the 50 states, numerous federal agencies—including the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Defense—have also adopted the International Codes.... more »
  • September 17, 2008 Materials Aluminum Extruders Council Web site features extensive information on aluminum production, processing and recyclability. Forest Certification Resource Center Created by Metafore, an organization focused on enabling businesses to make better environmental choices, this site provides an overview of forestry certification and links to a variety of... more »
  • September 17, 2008 ASTM International This organization creates standards and testing procedures for a multitude of products and materials.  Related to green building, it has developed: ASTM E2129-05 Standard Practice for Data Collection for Sustainability Assessment of Building Products ASTM E1991-05 Standard Guide for Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Building Materials/... more »
  •   September 17, 2008 Arizona Green Building Program I-Built California Alameda County Waste Management Program Built It Green California Green Builder Program California Living & Energy's Green Green Building Alliance San Jose Green Building Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Colorado Green Points Program Built Green Colorado District of Columbia GreenHOME, Inc. Florida... more »
  • September 17, 2008 The following section features standards, specifications, test methods and other pertinent documents related to windows, doors and skylights used in the residential and light commercial markets. Documents are listed within three major categories: Finished Products Installation, Building Practices & Field Tests and Components The major focus of each document is... more »