Learning Lab

Builder confidence soars in July

Posted July 18, 2014

Confidence is in the air according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The July score of 53 indicated that more builders view sales conditions for newly built single-family homes as as good rather than poor. July marks the first time since ...

Vote now for the Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award People’s Choice

Posted July 16, 2014

Integrity is doing things a little differently this year for the 2014 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Awards. The polls are now open and the general public can help us by voting their favorite projects for the People’s Choice award. Last year, we debuted the People’s Choice by allowing ...

Pretty Good House offers a credible building standard without the cost

Posted July 11, 2014

The average homebuyer might place a great deal of value in standards like LEED, Green Star and Passive House. Yet, year after year, building professionals pay top dollar to achieve these standards and carry the certification. Steve Hansen at Sourceable.net asks, “Would it be possible to ...

Amid tepid market conditions, building professionals get creative to generate leads

Posted July 9, 2014

Though the housing market has steadily improved over the past few years, there are still many challenges preventing a truly robust recovery. In light of low inventory, labor shortages and stringent mortgage qualifications, some building professionals are showing savvy with new tactics to lure ...

The case for screened outdoor spaces

Posted July 2, 2014

If we’re being picky, there are plenty of downsides to outdoor gathering spaces. Mosquitoes, fallen tree debris, precipitation, scorching sunlight — decks and porches are great, but they’re not impervious to nature’s woes. There’s a very strong case to be made for the ...

How builders deal with remodeling clients misinformed by reality TV

Posted June 27, 2014

How exactly should a building professional feel about all of the popular home remodeling programming on television right now? On the one hand, these shows help homeowners understand the transformational ability of a single remodeling project. On the other, they may be dramatically misinforming ...

Nearby grocery stores and restaurants are a top draw for home shoppers

Posted June 25, 2014

The amenities that attract a prospective home buyer to a neighbor varies by age group, right? Wrong. According to John Burns Real Estate Consulting survey of more than 20,000 home shoppers, nearby groceries and restaurants were the No. 1 and No. 2 attractions across three age groups: Baby Boomers, ...

Housing data suggests slow, but steady growth in single-family sector

Posted June 20, 2014

If single-family construction is the greatest signifier of a recovering housing market, new data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau suggests there is good reason to be patient, but quietly positive. May data indicates housing starts were up 9.4 percent ...

LIVE SEMINARS

Fiberglass Composites in Windows in Multi-Family Housing

1 AIA CEH HSW

This course will focus on the use of fiberglass composite windows in multi-family housing, with an emphasis on Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and HUD have rigid standards for window construction and installation, such as fiberglass cladding colors, water-repellent millwork, air leakage, water penetration, structural loading, weather stripping and sealed insulating glass.

Performance Characteristics of Pultruded Fiberglass

1 H/S/W SD, 1 GBCI CE Hour, LEED AP continuing education

This program focuses on the strength, durability, and thermal efficiency of pultruded fiberglass. It describes manufacturing processes and environmental advantages of fiberglass as a window and door material.

Performance Glazing – Coatings, Layers & Gases

1 H/S/W SD, 1 GBCI CE Hour, LEED AP continuing education

This course explores how different aspects of glazing can be manipulated for increased performance, including Low E coatings, glass layering, and gas filled spaces. It also defines criteria for evaluating energy performance and glazing.

Integrated Performance Standards

1 H/S/W

This program looks at consolidated performance standards, describing how window performance is measured and graded. Testing procedures are presented, along with information on performance factors, product codes and Hallmark certification.

IZ Windows and Coastal Codes

1 H/S/W

This presentation covers hurricane history and patterns, the forces driving code development, IRC, IBC, and IECC, impact dynamics, IZ zones, and construction options.

Beyond Performance: Assessing the Sustainability of Windows

1 H/S/W SD, 1 GBCI CE Hour, LEED AP continuing education

Sustainability concepts such as embodied energy, carbon footprint and life cycle are explained relative to fenestration products. Wood and clad wood, aluminum, fiberglass and vinyl are compared in terms of sourcing, manufacture and end-of-life disposal. A net zero residential case study is included.

AAMA 2605: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

1 H/S/W LU

This program takes an in-depth look at aluminum as a clad material and as a substrate for high performance finish, as defined by AAMA 2605. Program content addresses aluminum characteristics, sustainability and life cycle, coating options and performance testing criteria.

Managing Sound Transmission

1 H/S/W

Learn the importance of building products' acoustical performance and product ratings. This presentation will cover sound transmission loss, acoustical ratings, and ways to achieve the best ratings for a building's location and use.

Window Installation Fundamentals

1 H/S/W

Learn the basics about window installation. This program provides a general overview of best-practice installation procedures for wood windows, aluminum clad windows, and structural installations, including a discussion on opening and unit preparations.

Historic Renovation: Windows

1 H/S/W

This presentation reviews window evaluation and rehabilitation planning for historic buildings. Window replacement is highlighted by case studies which illustrate historic window profile replication.

Harmonizing with History: Window Solutions for Historically Sensitive Settings

1 H/S/W SD

Learn about sympathetic design principles for renovation and new construction in historic settings. Case studies demonstrate window challenges, technical solutions and replacement window performance in institutional buildings.

TOURS

Marvin Factory Tour for Architects

5 H/S/W

The centerpiece of this day-and-a-half program is a 5 hour tour of the Marvin Windows and Doors factory in Warroad, MN. Learn about every facet of window manufacturing from wood processing through final unit assembly.

Cardinal Plant (Tour)

2 H/S/W

Take a two-hour tour of a Cardinal plant and see how float glass (Menomonee, WI) or coated glass, Low E (Northfield, MN) is created. Learn about the fabrication processes for tempering, laminating, coating and insulating glass, and identify common problems in glazing.

Architectural Tour of Minneapolis

4 H/S/W

Newsweek named Minneapolis "Design City" in 2006, based on recent contributions by world class architects including Cesar Pelli, Jean Nouvel and Herzog & deMeuron. See these and other buildings on a walking tour of achitecture in Minneapolis. The architect-led tour focuses on energy efficiency, durability, safety and other fenestration issues. A 2 H/S/W version of this tour is also available.

Ripley Factory Tour

3 H/S/W

This factory tour of Marvin’s patio door manufacturing facility in Ripley, Tennessee gives a thorough overview of the door manufacturing process from wood processing to assembly, including extruded aluminum cladding. Performance- and quality-testing are demonstrated.

ONLINE COURSES

Find Hanley Wood University online learning programs developed by Integrity Windows and Doors.

Find Hanley Wood University online learning programs developed by Marvin Windows and Doors.

Register for live webinars and access on-demand educational programs about historic and traditional applications at TraditionalBuilding.com’s webinar page.

For further information on Marvin's AIA-CES and AIBD-recognized education program, contact your local Marvin Architectural Representative, email AIA-CES@Marvin.com, or call 1-800-328-0268.

Integrity iPad App

The Integrity Windows and Doors iPad and iPhone app puts the power of Ultrex right at your fingertips. It includes a host of reference materials, including product catalogs, brochures, presentations, case studies, videos and the Integrity blog feed. And don’t miss the extensive photo gallery you can explore for inspiration. It’s comprehensive look at how Integrity is Built to Perform®.

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