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Lunchtime Learning: Fiberglass Fenestration in Commercial Buildings

Whether designing sustainable commercial or institutional building types, architects carefully consider the qualities and long-term advantages of fenestration materials. Windows and doors provide essential protection and architectural character to a building and must also respond to owner-driven requirements like aesthetics, cost, performance, maintenance, and life cycle.

Fiberglass composite is suitable for windows and doors in any climate or building type. More durable than aluminum or vinyl, with the thermal efficiency of wood, fiberglass composite windows are an economically competitive alternative to aluminum and vinyl windows. The multiple advantages and benefits of fiberglass composite make it a versatile fenestration choice because of its strength, durability, low maintenance, energy efficiency, and sustainable qualities, as well as its resistance to corrosion, dents, and scratches.

Presented by: Fallon Williams, Commercial Architectural Representative - Pella Mid-Atlantic


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the evaluation design criteria used by architects and owners when researching, designing, and specifying windows and doors for sustainable buildings;
  • Describe how the strength, durability, energy efficient, and sustainable qualities of fiberglass composite make it a suitable material choice for windows and doors;
  • Discuss and compare the environmental attributes of fiberglass composite with aluminum and vinyl windows; and
  • Explain the designs appropriate for window installation details for new construction projects that meet human safety and welfare requirements while contributing to an energy efficient building envelope.