Energy-efficient Pella windows and doors part of sustainable schools

Pella Impervia WindowsPella Windows and Doors will be included in new LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum schoolhouses built in Arizona in 2012, as a partner in the Green Schoolhouse Series.

Three distinctive designs will replace portable classrooms or community centers in Phoenix area school districts. Construction of a 6,291 square-foot classroom and community-center building for Roadrunner Elementary School is now underway in west Phoenix. Two more Phoenix area schoolhouses are slated to break ground in 2012.

ENERGY STAR-qualified Pella Impervia fiberglass windows, donated by Pella will be featured in Green Schoolhouse Project schools. These energy-efficient windows will not crack, shrink, or warp even in extreme weather conditions, like the heat of Arizona.

In addition, EFCO aluminum storefront and door systems are to be used at the school entrances. EFCO doors are designed for use in schools and provide expansive floor-to-ceiling storefront glazing to provide dramatic entrances. EFCO entrance systems are welded to provide solid construction and low-maintenance longevity.

AAMA updates fenestration standard

aamalogoThe American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, IL, has issued an update to AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/ I.S.2/A440-08, NAFS—North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights. That update is now available for electronic download from the organization’s website. It includes editorial revisions to the 129-page standard originally published in January 2008. “Editorial changes and additional corrections have been made to Table 4, which outlines optional performance grades for unit skylights, tubular daylighting devices, and roof windows. Table 27, which outlines gateway performance requirements, was also updated for editorial changes and corrections,” said Ken Brenden, AAMA technical services manager. “The replacement pages included in Update #3 can be inserted into copies of the standard published in January 2008 and the removed pages may be kept for reference,” he added.—Gary L. Parr

AAMA survey respondents call for green fenestration certification

aamalogoThe American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Schaumburg, IL, shared its initial Green Building Survey results at the organization’s annual conference, held recently in Minneapolis. Among the survey’s findings, 77% of respondents called for a product-based green certification program for residential and commercial fenestration.
AAMA will use the survey responses to shape a green fenestration certification program the association is developing. “It also will shape the input, coordination, and outreach it provides to building code departments and authorities having jurisdiction, as green building best practices evolve into code requirements nationwide,” said Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO.
For the remainder of 2009, AAMA will continue conducting the survey and will evolve questions to inquire about the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and how the stimulus package is affecting green, energy-efficient construction and renovation in the industry.
Walker also stated, “We’re learning that architects, manufacturers, and suppliers are more involved in green credentials and processing credits to apply for green credentials than builders are right now. However, green building is important to all those in the construction industry, with energy efficiency being the top priority.”
Daylighting was a strong second priority among AAMA Green Building Survey respondents. Walker also noted that AAMA’s surveys consistently show the U.S. Green Building Council’s (Washington) LEED Green Building Rating System and the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s (Washington) Energy Star program are viewed as the most important sources for green building information by all audiences. In addition, the websites of trade associations and green building magazines are considered top sources for green building information.—Gary L. Parr