Wausau Window and Wall Systems
January 2011


Wausau's long-standing commitment to architects, and to the whole building team, includes providing consultations, pre-bid design engineering assistance, and 24/7 access to product details, technical specifications and sustainable design information. Online energy modeling tools, to facilitate product selection and optimization, were recently added to the Wausau website, along with architectural continuing education programs.

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As a registered American Institute of Architects' Continuing Education 
System (AIA/CES) provider, Wausau Window and Wall Systems® AIA-approved programs address fenestration in commercial and institutional building designs such as government offices, health care facilities, schools and universities.


Program 1 (1 LU/HSW/SD)

Window Selection for Sustainability and Long-Term Performance


Learning Objectives:

-Distinguish between fenestration types

-Establish appropriate window selection criteria

-Use industry standards to define windows' performance levels, such as energy efficiency

-Compare fenestration products

-Understand the impact of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® Green Building Rating System™ on window selection


Program 2 (1 LU/HSW)

AIA  CES Curtainwall ImageCurtainwall: Products, Performance and Practicalities

Learning Objectives:


-Recognize and differentiate types of aluminum curtainwall

-Understand design parameters for curtainwall anchorage to the building, to ensure ease of installation, movement accommodation, and structural integrity

-Optimize energy efficiency and thermal performance of curtainwall

-Mitigate blast hazards through curtainwall design

-Design for seismic movements and induced inertial loads

-Understand LEED® impacts of curtainwall selection and design


Program 3 (1 LU/HSW/SD)

Daylighting and Integrated Façade Design


Learning Objectives:

-Identify the key variables, components, and benefits of integrated façade design

-Analyze glazing by "daylight types"

-Discover how integrated façade design can create successful daylighting with greater than 30% Window-to-Wall Ratio (WWR)

-Describe appropriate window size and configuration for use with sun shades and light shelves


Program 4 (1 LU/HSW/SD)

Understanding U-Factors


Learning Objectives:


-Identify five attributes affecting window U-Factor

-Employ at least three design options to improve window U-Factor

-Differentiate between National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) testing and certification processes.

-Draft non-defective specification requirements for U-Factor

-Recognize other important energy-related window design factors, and the importance of a balanced design


These four popular AIA-approved programs, packed with valuable building envelope-related technical information, are now available online at www.wausauwindow.com/support/index.cfm?page=aiaces. Each course is self-taught, using an intuitive PDF presentation format, and includes online testing, scoring, and completion certificate request.


AIA-registered architects are required to earn a total of 18 Learning Unit credits (LUs) in a calendar year. Of these, eight must be in Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) subjects. Sustainable Design (SD) is a subset of HSW. Four of the eight HSW LUs must meet the established SD guidelines for mandatory continuing education. For additional information, please visit http://www.aia.org/education/index.htm.


For architectural firms seeking customized educational content, Wausau technical sales presenters have also covered such topics as:


Codes and Standards

The USGBC LEED® Rating System™  


Patient Safety in Health Care Construction

Façade-Integrated Photovoltaics

Designing Fenestration for Blast Hazard Mitigation

Glass: The Right Choice


The AIA/CES courses' integrated façade design recommendations, project examples and training draw on the technical expertise of all of Wausau's Apogee Enterprises' Architectural Products and Services Segment sibling companies. Together, they offer the design community balanced and competitive solutions to meet the energy challenges of today's commercial and institutional buildings.


Find us online at www.wausauwindow.com.



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Adams County Justice Center 

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Location: Brighton, CO
Architect: Heery International, Inc.
Product(s) Used: HP-Wall Series, 3250Z  Series project-out
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