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The NFRC Non-Residential Program

Jun 26th, 2013

For the past 20 years, the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has provided a fair, accurate and credible rating and labeling system for doors, windows and skylights used in residential construction. Anyone who has shopped for a residential window has seen a label similar to the one below: Ratings on the NFRC label have been […]

Part Two: Aluminum Finishing

May 15th, 2013

When specifying a paint code for your project, always double check for accuracy. The specific code is what drives the ordering process and the achieved color. The color name is only a guideline; many times manufacturers and applicators will have the same paint name for different paint types and colors. Relying on a color name […]

Part One: Aluminum Finishing – PVDF Coatings

Apr 17th, 2013

Fluoropolymer coatings are two-coat systems formulated to provide excellent performance against weathering in normal environments. Suited for architectural product applications — such as storefronts, curtainwalls, windows and louvers — these coatings are highly resistant to chalking, chipping, peeling and fading. They also protect against chemical staining and environmental stresses such as dirt, ultraviolet (UV) radiation […]

Part 2: Specifying Anodized Finishes

Mar 20th, 2013

The Aluminum Association has developed a system of designation for anodized finishes on aluminum. Specific finishes of the various types are designated by a letter followed by a two-digit numeral. Each designation may be combined into a single composite designation to identify a sequence of operations covering all of the important steps leading to a […]

Daylighting and Retail, PART III of III

Jan 23rd, 2013

Recent studies report that daylighting can offer retail establishments a strong competitive advantage. This is supported by a study commissioned by PG&E that compares the retail sales performance of 108 stores operated by a large (unidentified) chain retailer. Two-thirds of the stores had skylighting, and the remaining one-third did not. Otherwise, the stores were very […]

Daylighting – Part II of III

Dec 28th, 2012

In November we began a discussion on daylighting and continue looking into that subject this month. When looking at daylighting, an integrated design balances the cooling load of the window against required daylight illumination levels, thereby capturing both cooling and lighting energy savings without creating discomfort. A poor design imposes a substantial cooling load and […]

How the IgCC Will Impact Building Design

Oct 17th, 2012

The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) is the first national green model code. It is flexible, enabling jurisdictions to choose additional requirements that make the code a deeper shade of green, while paying close attention to the local climate and local regulatory requirements. This new code is intended to provide “minimum requirements to safeguard the […]

Shedding Light on Photovoltaics

Sep 19th, 2012

Photovoltaics convert light energy into electrical energy. The word “photovoltaic” is derived from photo, the Greek word for light, and volt, relating to electricity pioneer Alessandro Volta. In 1954, Bell Labs in the U.S. introduced the first solar photovoltaic (PV) device that produced a useful amount of electricity, and by the late 1950s solar cells […]

LEED Guidelines and Fenestration Design – Part 2

Aug 22nd, 2012

In the second half of this two-part blog (click here to read part one), we continue our look at how “smart” fenestration designs and applications can significantly improve a building’s performance using the guidelines in the LEED Rating System. This month we’ll take a look at Thermal Comfort, Daylighting and Views to the Outdoors. Materials […]

LEED Guidelines and Fenestration Design

Jul 25th, 2012

Not every building is designed to achieve LEED certification, but using the guidelines in the LEED Rating System can help lower utility costs, minimize the impact on our environment and improve occupant comfort levels. In this two-part blog, we’ll take a look at how “smart” fenestration designs and applications can significantly improve a building’s performance. […]

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