Product Training for Professionals

As an AIA Innovation Partner, Andersen is proud to offer the following continuing education courses. Please note: Due to COVID-19 we won’t be offering any in-person lunch & learn courses at this time. However you can request a virtual lunch & learn via the links below. We also plan to host a series of expert-led webinars over the coming months, so please check back for more information.

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Coastal Window & Door Performance

This course examines the unique requirements for hurricane prone coastal regions. This course will review the issues with design pressure and wind-borne debris requirements. We examine the building code requirements and testing standards. We will walk through an example of determining wind load requirements under the International Residential Code.

When you complete this course you will have a better understanding of:
  • The analysis of building code requirements for impact resistance and opening protection for coastal areas.
  • The various methods of providing opening protection.
  • How to assess wind loads and calculate requirements for a simple project.
  • The comparison of ASTM and Florida impact resistant test standards and the similarities and differences between the two.

Door Code Fundamentals

This course is designed to provide a summary of key building code and regulatory information as they relate to emergency escape and rescue openings (commonly referred to as egress), accessibility to the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and guidelines/trends related to "Aging in Place". IMPORTANT NOTICE: Compliance to ADA, FHA and all other applicable building code and regulatory requirements is the responsibility of the architect, specifier or contractor based on installed conditions. As such, it is not the responsibility of the product manufacturer to provide, determine or claim compliance but rather to provide product details, dimensions and performance information that can be used to assist in installed end use condition for compliance. Consult with local authorities and building code officials for all regulatory and building code compliance requirements.


When you complete this course you will know more about:

  • Identify door requirements within current ADA and FHA
  • Discuss a wide range of IBC building codes related to doors.
  • Compare and contrast the nuances between ADA and FHA.
  • Understanding IRC building codes and how aging in place trends are impacting door design, placement and choice.

Fenestration In LEED-NC

This course addresses the role of fenestration in U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED-New Construction (NC) v2.2 and v3, the differences between the two versions and specifics of USGBC’s goal to guide the building industry to more sustainable building through design, materials, construction and building performance.

When you complete this course you will know more about:
  • Intent of USGBC’s LEED programs.
  • LEED-NC credit categories.
  • Using fenestration performance and sustainable components towards project certification.
  • Using fenestration in building design towards project certification.

This course has been updated with added information on sustainable design specification. Window Performance and Materials: Certification and Specification for Sustainable Design is available online at AEC Daily.

Glass: Select The Option For Your Project

This course describes the different types of glass, glass construction options, and coating choices. Glass performance measurements are explained as well as the impact that the aforementioned glass attributes have on performance. Glass certifications are reviewed along with an overview of a typical glass label. 

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Choose glass options based on the specific requirements of your project
  • Understand the measurements used to indicate glass performance
  • Appreciate the impact of glass type, construction and coating on performance
  • Recognize key certifications associated with glass

Large Doors: How to Select the Right Door

Modern design trends are favoring larger openings, and while this blank canvas offers the architect a wide-range of options, it can also pose a challenge. Because of almost unlimited variations of different types, styles, and available options for large doors, it is often more important that the architect understands how to make the selection process, rather than which specific door to choose. The process for specifying should include client aesthetic expectations, environmental conditions, building performance, and durability concerns.

When you complete this course you will know more about:

  • Understand the unique design elements of an indoor/outdoor living space and modern trends in large doors.
  • Describe what to consider when balancing client needs with environmental conditions, building performance, and durability concerns.
  • List the different door types and styles available for transition points between indoor and outdoor areas.
  • Discuss the best process for specifying large doors in commercial and residential projects.

Selecting the Right Window Material for Any Application

Windows are a critical element of architectural design. Window selection not only significantly impacts the aesthetics of the project, but also affects the energy efficiency, comfort, durability and sustainability of the building once construction is complete. This learning unit will address some of the more popular window choices available today and provide a comparative review of the features and benefits of these very important building elements. This learning unit will also introduce learners to the standards, tests, and other performance metrics that will enable specifiers to select the right window for the right application.

  • Identify different window types based on the product’s base material, cladding, and finish
  • Discuss some of the main criteria for evaluating window types commonly available today
  • Describe the performance attributes of each window material
  • Explain how different window materials contribute to energy efficiency and overall sustainability goals including recycling and low maintenance

Understanding Fenestration Requirements of the Californian 2019 Title 24 Energy Codes

Understand the fenestration requirements of the 2019 California Title 24 energy code.

  • Understand what the California Title 24 energy code is and what the general requirements are
  • Understand the changes that the code brings to fenestration products
  • Understand the differences between prescriptive vs performance path for Title 24 compliance
  • To be able to identify the new mandatory requirements for exterior doors

Windows Code Fundamentals

Keeping up with ever evolving window codes can be a challenge for even the most experienced construction industry professional. This course will address some of the core codes and testing methods for windows, such as accessibility, emergency escape and rescue, fall protection, and safety glazing. Exceptions to the rules will also be addressed along with applications and scenarios where these codes apply.


When you complete this course you will be able to:

  • Ascertain the different elements of accessibility codes for windows.
  • Identify emergency escape and rescue regulations, as well as exceptions to the rules.
  • Understand fall protection requirements, compliance methods, and the variance between residential and commercial applications.
  • Distinguish when and where safety glazing is required for windows.

Window & Door Energy Codes & NFRC

This course describes the physical principles and terminology used to measure heat loss and gain, the thermal characteristics of windows, rating and labeling standards for product evaluation and building code requirements relating to windows. Building Code evolution and adoption is investigated.

When you complete this course you will know more about:
  • Energy terminology and principles of heat transfer.
  • National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and window labels.
  • ENERGY STAR® product ratings from the U.S. DOE and EPA.
  • Energy Codes requirements for windows under the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Window Installation Best Practices

This course provides information about window installation from the perspective of the architect and design professional. Rather than a “how-to” installation training course, information is presented in a format that begins with specifications and detail drawings and ends with job site observation. The slides follow through the stages in the order that a typical project would progress; highlighting key areas where the architect and design professional can take more of a lead role in the successful design and installation of this critical element in the building envelope.

When you complete this course you will be able to:

  • Specify window installation methods and materials that are best suited for each project’s exterior wall design.
  • Design details that will allow the installed windows to perform as intended, and as required for the project.
  • Provide valuable guidance to the project team throughout the installation process.
  • Identify job site best practices that will minimize impact on schedule, budget and product performance.

Windows in Sustainable Design

This presentation addresses the role of windows in commercial and residential building energy performance, and window integration with key sustainable design strategies. Categories common in sustainable building rating systems are identified and the contribution of windows defined. Third party certification of window performance, materials and environmental quality characteristics to support sustainable design is outlined.

When you complete this course you will have a better understanding of:
  • The differences in energy use patterns in commercial and residential buildings.
  • The importance of computer modeling to evaluate alternatives and integrate windows in the design process to improve building performance.
  • The role windows can play in supporting design strategies in key categories of energy, materials and indoor environmental quality common in sustainable design rating guidelines.
  • The types of third party material and performance certifications that are applicable to windows.

Windows in Sustainable Residential Design

This presentation addresses the role of windows in sustainable residential design and looks at how homes typically use energy. The course reviews window and door contribution to key sustainable design strategies including energy performance, passive solar, daylighting and natural ventilation. The use of energy modeling software to assess performance implications of product specification and design decisions is explored. Categories common in sustainable building rating systems are identified and third party certification of window performance, materials and environmental quality characteristics to support sustainable design is outlined. An overview of the requirements of the Federal Tax Incentive program is presented.

When you complete this course you will have a better understand of:

  • How homes use energy.
  • Window sustainable design strategy.
  • Material and performance certifications to support sustainable strategies.
  • Requirements for Federal Tax incentive program for windows and doors.

Andersen is an AIA Collaborating partner and supports the AIA Continuing Education program. We currently offer continuing education opportunities through Andersen sales representative programs and Andersen Corporation group visits.

Your local Andersen Representative can provide information on future visits that may be available from your area.