Product Training for Professionals

The following courses are available from Andersen for Continuing Education credit. Each course is one AIA/CES Continuing Education Hour (CEH).

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.

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

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.

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.