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AIA Certified Online Continuing Education with Denny Giantomasi

Keep up with CE Credits online! Certified Classes led by Denny Giantomasi, the Architectural Window & Door Representative for Specialty Builders’ Supply who has 35 years experience in the industry as a window and door sales company owner and as an architectural representative.

Solid Wood Stile & Rail Doors

A look at stile & rail doors starting with a historical perspective and tracking the evolution of their construction through today, showing and discussing component materials and methods of manufacturing, and relative pros and cons of each.

1 LU / HSW
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  • Learn why stile & rail doors are used in a project

  • Understand common terminology for wood doors

  • Identify various components of wood doors

  • Realize the differences in component construction of wood doors

  • Study the factors determining stability and longevity of wood

  • Recognize common door joinery methods for manufacturing

  • Learn how construction factors affect aesthetics

  • Understand design limitations of wood doors

Assessing Residential & Historic Window and Door Specifications

Better understand the choices & how to specify windows and doors for historical, institutional and luxury residential projects.

1 LU / HSW
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  • To understand the critical aesthetic and functional roles of fenestration in the design of historical, institutional and luxury residential projects
  • To assess windows and doors according to the type performance criteria such as, Wood Species, Sash & Grill Profiles, Prefinish options, Cladding, Hardware, Sustainability, etc.
  • Advantages of Interior vs. Exterior glazing, when to use Single, Double & Triple glazing
  • Understand the design requirements and best solutions for fenestration in various applications

The Benefits of Wood

1 LU / HSW
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  • Understand the benefits of wood windows, doors and green responsible manufacturing
  • How to achieve true fit and finish and longevity, through individual component preparation
  • Electrostatically applied paint process and how to achieve spilt finishes and multiple colors
  • Window Science, and how IG units work.
  • Exact historical replication is possible while adding energy efficiency
  • Int vs. Ext glazing
  • Capabilities of a custom shop and how it reduces limitations

Crafted Steel, Laser Cut, Windows & Doors: Thermal Performance, Strength, & Style

1 LU / HSW
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The design of crafted steel, laser cut, thermally broken, windows and doors was fueled by the need to produce a steel window and door that would meet the ever increasingly stringent energy efficiency building codes of today and tomorrow, while not losing any of the “classic-timeless” aesthetics that steel windows and doors have become known for. This course examines the fabrication, thermal performance, and design and finish options of steel windows and doors.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Review the history and design challenges of the steel window industry and discuss recent innovations in technology that enable steel window and door products to meet the energy performance, durability, and architectural design needs of a residential or commercial building project
  • Examine the manufacturing and finishing processes of crafted steel, laser cut, thermally broken, windows and doors and explain why the thermal mechanical fusion of a steel plate to a structural composite thermal break material effectively minimizes heat loss or gain.
  • Determine the benefits of choosing thermally broken steel windows and doors in terms of their ease of use, low maintenance, impact on occupant comfort, and ability to provide quality views and enhance interior lighting, and
  • Review the sustainable attributes of steel windows and doors and recall how the energy performance of a window is assessed to determine how thermally broken steel windows and doors can contribute to earning credits under the LEED® certification program.

Architectural, Residential Timber Curtain Walls

1 LU
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Learning Objectives
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the differences between commercial storefront systems and purpose built architectural curtain wall systems.
  • Discuss the importance of properly designed and constructed curtain wall systems as part of the integral building structure.
  • Examine the material options and suitability of curtain wall systems including coatings, claddings, anchors, and integration of operating doors and windows.
  • Review the performance expectations and on site building methods, including AWS and NFRC specifications and integral water shedding.

Luxury Fenestration Ideals

1 LU / HSW
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Windows and doors are one of the largest budget items in a building envelope – they plug holes in wall. And as such, it is crucial to specify products that will enhance the character of the space, while providing excellent performance.

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