Learning Lab

The 2015 New American Home at IBS promises to be a showstopper

Posted November 21, 2014

The 2015 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas is just two months away. With record cold temperatures and biblical snow in some parts of the country, we thought a look forward to January’s big gathering might be good for morale! Each year, the New American Home provides building ...

New-home sizes shrinking to attract entry-level buyers

Posted November 19, 2014

According to new data released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday, the median size of a single-family home built during Q3 2014 shrank 2.3% to 2,414 square feet from 2,472. The shift to relatively smaller homes means entry-level buyers may finally have options within their price range. The ...

Consumers of all ages demand smart home tech

Posted November 14, 2014

Smart technology isn’t just for millennials. In fact, according to a survey of 2,437 consumers conducted by ERA Real Estate and HGTV, smart home technology is the most in-demand home feature across all ages. “While still a growing trend, smart home enhancements have the potential to ...

The cost of free estimates

Posted November 12, 2014

“Free estimate” sure has a nice ring to it. From the client’s point of view, it means getting the diagnosis without necessarily committing the dollars. For a building professional, it means time out of your day, gas mileage, close inspection and application of one’s ...

How roommates have hampered the housing recovery

Posted November 7, 2014

Blaming roommates is a reflex for anyone who has ever cohabited.  But roommates could truly be to blame for their role in the housing recovery. The logic goes that more Americans are relying on roommates to help cover mortgage and rent, and recent data suggests the trend may be responsible for up ...

To email or not to email? Contractors weigh in on best practices

Posted November 6, 2014

Are you really a salesperson if you email a proposal to your client rather than present it in person? This was the topic of an outstanding and unplanned point/counterpoint on shawnmccadden.com, a blog focusing on building and designing. McCadden broached the topic with an initial post back in ...

10 reasons why renters aren’t buying homes

Posted October 31, 2014

Homeownership has long been the cornerstone of “the American dream,” but a considerable swath of Americans have other plans. In a survey published on the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies’ Housing Perspectives blog, 20 percent of renters claim homeownership isn’t in their ...

Will smart home technology go mainstream in 2015?

Posted October 29, 2014

Will 2015 be the year smart home technology finally goes mainstream? All signs point to yes, according to GigaOM senior writer Stacy Higginbotham: “The future of the connected home is continuing to evolve, and with more startups pitching products, the ship date of older crowdfunding campaigns ...


Fiberglass Composites in Windows in Multi-Family Housing


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


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


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.

Harmonizing with History: Window Solutions for Historically Sensitive Settings


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.

Windows and Historic Rehabilitation


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.


Marvin Factory Tour for Architects


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)


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


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 HSW version of this tour is also available.

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.


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

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