Water Management in Commercial Window Systems
This course provides an introduction to water management in commercial window systems. The course begins with a review of the basic principles involved in preventing water leakage in wall systems. The course then explores the ways that these basic principles can and should be applied to windows as well. Water leakage prevention strategies for three distinct window applications − punched openings, ribbon windows and window walls − are explained, including a detailed case study of large installation in a historic building. The course ends with a review of a series of strategies for ensuring that the performance specified for a commercial window system is actually achieved in the field.
Learn At Your Own Pace:
You can take this course and follow along at your own pace. Speed up, slow down, or stop now and finish later. Click "Take the Course Test" to go straight to the test and earn your credits. You'll know immediately if you have earned credits and you will be able to print out your certificate of completion instantly.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- Discuss the ways water penetrates a building envelope.
- Explain the basic concepts of water leakage.
- Describe good practices for preventing water leakage.
- Explain how the basic principles of protecting walls against water leakage also apply to windows.
- Describe how various wall types – punched, ribbon and window walls – can be detailed to minimize water leakage.
- Discuss various strategies for ensuring that specified performance is achieved.
This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and then click "Take the Course Test" to take the exam for this course and earn your credit.
- Lesson 1: Importance of effective water management in commercial windows and walls
- Lesson 2: Punched openings and in ribbon window applications
- Lesson 3: Detail window installations to minimize water leakage
- Lesson 4: Seven key strategies for performance
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