In the December 2014 issue of The Construction Specifier, Dean Lewis wrote about the North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors, and Skylights’s (NAFS’) short-form specification. American Architectural Manufacturers Association/Window and Door Manufacturers Association/Canadian Standards Association (AAMA/WDMA/CSA) 101/I.S. 2/A440, serves as the basis for product certification as required by the International Building Code (IBC).
Structures of all sizes can benefit from bringing natural light into a space and connecting the building’s occupants to the outside environment. The use of natural light on its own, or integrated with architectural lighting, provides energy savings and creates an aesthetic environment.
Located in Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University’s Engineering Life Sciences infill is a bright, multi-disciplinary space with collaborative gathering areas and cutting-edge classrooms, laboratories, and research rooms. The expansion rises five stories, bridging two of the campus’ existing building wings.
When properly applied, tests can yield valuable insight into the installed performance of systems, aid investigators in determining the cause of a failure, or help to determine if a product is performing to its intended level.
To help overcome concerns about adoption of new technology, a full-scale mockup of a high thermally performing curtain wall incorporating architectural insulation modules was recently successfully tested by an independent third-party.