Learning Lab

See Integrity’s latest innovations at IBS

Posted January 21, 2015

Whether you didn’t make the trip to the International Builders’ Show here in Las Vegas, or you’re here and just haven’t had the chance to visit our booth — it’s C5520, by the way! — here are just a few of the exciting new products we have on display.   4 Panel ...

How cheap oil affects housing

Posted January 19, 2015

As you’ve probably noticed, oil prices are at their lowest average in years. What (if any) impact does this have on the housing market? According to the National Association of REALTORS®’ Economists’ Outlook blog, “Lower oil prices mean a lower inflation rate, which pushes ...

Decrease in mortgage insurance for FHA loans all about affordability

Posted January 14, 2015

Last week, the Federal Housing Administration announced a decrease in annual mortgage insurance premiums with the intent of making FHA loans more affordable for prospective buyers. As many have already noted, the decrease — from 1.35 percent to 0.85 percent — will only save borrowers an average of ...

Visit Integrity at the 2015 International Builders’ Show

Posted January 9, 2015

Can you believe the 2015 International Builders’ Show is mere days away? If you’ve been visiting weather.com five times per day to check the weather forecast for Las Vegas, believe us, you’re not alone! Highs in the 50s look pretty good here in Fargo where any temperature above ...

NAR chief economist predicts 7% hike in existing-home sales in 2015

Posted January 7, 2015

Nobel laureate physicist Nils Bohr once said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” It should go without saying that providing any type of forecast for the housing industry is difficult at best. But given the nature of the business and the many ...

2015 full of promise for building industry

Posted January 2, 2015

Welcome to 2015! We certainly hope you’ll look back on 2014 with fondness, but a look at the crystal ball reveals the year ahead may be even more positive for the housing market. In an article titled “10 Reasons 2015 Will Rock,” the Melissa Dittmann Tracey of the National ...

Small business owners rank email marketing the most effective channel

Posted December 26, 2014

While email marketing may lack the sex appeal of social media marketing, a new survey from Constant Contact found respondents rank email marketing as the No. 1 marketing tool for small business. In fact, email marketing was cited by 98% of respondents compared to just 87% for social media. Granted, ...

FAA warns real estate industry about unauthorized drone use

Posted December 26, 2014

In the unlikely but possible event you scored a drone for Christmas, you may want to read this before planning your first flyover photo shoot. The Federal Aviation Administration recently launched a public safety campaign on the use of drones. While the main focus is recreational usage, the FAA ...

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 HSW 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 HSW 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.

Beyond Performance: Assessing the Sustainability of Windows

1 HSW 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 HSW 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.

Window Installation Fundamentals

1 HSW

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.

Windows and Historic Rehabilitation

1 HSW LU

This presentation looks at historic renovation projects. Research, planning, window assessment, standards, and historic tax credits are reviewed. A broad range of window rehabilitation solutions are shown through case studies of historic projects.

TOURS

Marvin Window Factory Tour

5 HSW

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.

Marvin Door Factory Tour

3 HSW LU

The Marvin Door Factory Tour at Ripley TN covers the entire made-to-order door manufacturing process for swinging and sliding doors for both residential and commercial applications. Production of large, multiple panel bi-fold and lift and slide operation doors will also be presented. Performance testing and quality testing will be demonstrated.

Cardinal Plant (Tour)

2 HSW

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 HSW

This tour acquaints participants with architecturally significant buildings in downtown and riverfront Minneapolis, at the University of Minnesota, and in residential neighborhoods. Energy efficiency, durability, safety, technological advancements, and other fenestration issues are addressed at each site. The tour visits dozens of historically significance and newer buildings designed by world-class architects.

Window Performance: Architectural Testing Facility Tour

1.5 HSW LU

This tour of a Twin Cities building materials testing facility will demonstrate how air, water, and structural tests for window and door products are conducted, and will show testing processes for NFRC values. Large scale testing, safety glazing testing, environmental conditions simulations, insulated glass testing and impact testing will be included.

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®.

Integrity iPad application screenshot

Click below to watch a video preview of the Integrity iPad app.

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