Learning Lab

Why Simply Improving Homebuyer Education May Benefit The Housing Market

Posted September 17, 2014

A major portion of U.S. borrowers thinks it’s harder to get a mortgage than it really is – a misconception that may be hampering home purchases. In a recent a survey conducted by Wells Fargo & Co., the nation’s largest mortgage lender, nearly half of respondents believed that a 20 percent down ...

Tear-downs force zoning regulations to be amended in major cities to preserve neighborhood charm

Posted September 12, 2014

Across the country, more homeowners who would have in the past chosen suburban living are instead settling in the city. One downside to this urban renaissance: tear-downs. Never mind the sights and sounds of construction in otherwise quiet neighborhoods. In many cases, these demolish-and-rebuild ...

What you need to know about the Home Depot data breach

Posted September 10, 2014

Earlier this week, Home Depot confirmed it was the target of a month-long data breach that may have compromised more than 40 million credit or debit cards. The breach apparently took place during the month of April, and according to sources, may be far more severe than similar breaches that ...

Lot sizes shrink even as homes grow

Posted September 5, 2014

As they say in football, every inch counts. The same is true with home ownership, where the U.S. Census Bureau’s Characteristics of New Single-Family Houses Sold finds lot sizes have shrunk dramatically over the past two decades. Over on the National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on ...

Oldest shopping mall in U.S. converted into micro-apartments

Posted September 3, 2014

American shopping malls are fast becoming an endangered species. In fact, earlier this year, Amy Merrick of The New Yorker posed the question many are afraid to ask: Are Malls Over? Put away the suburban-based sprawling behemoths and their ludicrous commercial rental costs for a moment and turn ...

For most, the home is a permanent work in progress

Posted August 29, 2014

  Perhaps this should come as no surprise, but according to the Houzz Decorating Trends Survey of more than 1,700 Houzz users, when it comes to home decor, homeowners are nothing if not fickle. The survey found 66 percent of homeowners have recently decorated the same room they are currently ...

Boomerang buyers return to home ownership

Posted August 27, 2014

They’re baaaaaaack. So-called “boomerang buyers” — those who lost their home to foreclosure or short sale between 2007 and 2013 — will be responsible for about 10 percent of all U.S. home purchases in 2014, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting (JBREC).  The percentage of ...

VIDEO: How better building can lead to a better quality of life

Posted August 22, 2014

Over the past year, BUILDER Magazine has ramped up video production on its website. (We strongly recommend bookmarking their video section and checking in frequently!) Recently, BUILDER and Custom Home senior editor Shelley Hutchins spoke with Chase Rynd of the National Building Museum about ...

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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