Windows to the World: Going Big with Operable Glass Walls

This lunchtime seminar will examine the varied applications of multi-slide and multi-fold glass walls, allowing for new directions in more effective, sustainable, and valuable buildings, with a focus on custom residential applications. Today’s architecture increasingly takes advantage of large openings, including fenestration systems with multiple connected sliding or folding sections. These windows and doors can integrate with the building enclosure and each other, presenting a unique and even unexpected architectural element. Regardless of their design or stylistic function, the systems called multi-slide/fold operable glass walls provide a range of configurations and attendant performance features that lend appealing flexibility and openness to a variety of applications. Properly specified and integrated, they also deliver essential protective functions for the building envelope.

Presented by: Anthony Stacker  - Architectural consultant for Western Window Systems

Hosted by: Capital Area Custom Residential Architects Network

Co-Sponsored by: Western Window Systems

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe general principles of designing with multislide/ fold glass openings and the system types available;
  • Explore and list the benefits of using multi-slide/fold openings, including sustainability and ROI considerations;
  • Discuss the basic technical issues as well as ratings and applicable codes that govern the use of multi-slide/ fold fenestration systems; and
  • Explain how certain features and options in these fenestration systems, such as hardware and glass type, help address facility life cycle and maintenance concerns.