Vetter Windows Offers Continuing Education Program

Vetter Windows and Doors of Mosinee, Wis., held the inaugural class of its AIA-approved 12 credit architectural continuing education course in fenestration recently. Through plant tours, classroom and roundtable discussions, and a visit to the Taliesin Estate of Frank Lloyd Wright, attendees gained a deeper understanding of door and window technology, structural integrity and product features in relation to architecture and design, and the home building regulatory environment, according to the company. The course will be offered periodically throughout the year and is open to registered and associate architects, designers and custom builders. Vetter offers this course in cooperation with its five star dealers.

"We've structured the course to make it both educational and enjoyable for the participants," said Tom Bychinski, corporate training manager for Vetter Windows and Doors. "Participants will have a better understanding of fenestration construction and technology, building codes and the certification process for windows and doors. The goal is to help them choose the most appropriate window and door products for their projects depending on climate, application and style."

The four-day course includes a tour of a glass float plant, where sand and chemicals combine to form glass, and a glass manufacturing facility where they see how glass is cut and assembled into insulated glass. A tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's 600-acre Taliesin Estate gives attendees a glimpse at the architect's lasting influence on America's architecture.

During the classroom portion of the course, participants hear from a variety of speakers on topics such as ENERGY STAR® and National Fenestration Ratings Council ratings and certifications, building codes, qualities of energy-efficient windows, structural performance and wind-borne debris codes, glazing technology, and choosing products according to climate and application. Participants engage in roundtable discussions on the industry trends and issues.

As part of the review of structural performance and energy codes, the participants learn about the rigorous testing process for products certified for the wind-borne debris codes of the southeast United States. The class reviews the requirements in the classroom and then tours an AAMA-certified independent testing lab where products are certified for structural integrity.

The class concludes with a tour of Vetter's 660,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Mosinee, Wis., where vinyl, wood and aluminum clad windows and patio doors are made.

Architects interested in attending the Vetter CE course should contact a Vetter sales representative, a Vetter five-star dealer or Tom Bychinski at tbychinski@sneenterprises.com.


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