Tag Archives: fenestration

What did we get, anyway?

Selection of fenestration assemblies (utilizing both window and storefront systems) can be challenging due to the number of ancillary components/accessories available—materials with different performance characteristics compared to the main fenestration element.

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PTAC units: All about the details

To provide personalized temperature control, while maintaining low initial costs and simplified installation, hotels and dormitories often use packaged terminal air conditioning (PTAC) units. However, penetration of façade systems with PTAC units compromised by poor detail design and/or improper installation has led to water infiltration and moisture-related problems.

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Improving acoustics in a noisy world

Noise exposure can negatively affect a person’s physical and mental health. While sound-absorbing surfaces and interior partitions can make an environment comfortable, it is also important to consider the type of glass and fenestration used on a building.

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When is insulating glass fogging not considered failure?

The appearance of condensation between the panes of an insulated glass (IG) unit is an indication the hermetic seal of the unit has been breached or compromised, thereby allowing outside moist air to infiltrate the air space where it condenses on the interpane surfaces of the glass. One could argue semantics, but this is the generally accepted meaning of the word “failure” as it relates to IG units. In this case, the failure is characterized by an ever-present condensation between the glass panes.

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