Kolbe Offers Online: "Impact Design" Course

Kolbe has expanded its online resources to include on-demand learning opportunities, new product information, as well as updated architectural drawings and CSI specifications.

Architects may earn continuing education units for the course "Impact Design in the Fenestration Industry." The course may be accessed by registering as an architect on Kolbe's website. After sign-on, links point architects to areas meeting their needs including AECDaily online course information. Those who successfully complete it will receive one AIA/CES Learning Unit. This course qualifies for health, safety and wellness, which will be recorded with the American Institute of Architects.

Kolbe's online product information has expanded. The site now showcases more options for coastal and other extreme weather areas. K-Force impact performance products can be specified in many Heritage, Ultra and Magnum Series wood doors and windows, as well as Inspiration Series casement windows. Kolbe's K-Force products feature impact laminated glass, a special glazing retention system, and construction details to help the units perform in the harshest of weather.

Other new products found online are Kolbe's push-out casement and awning windows. These are available in the Heritage Series wood line, or as Ultra Series units with extruded aluminum cladding on the exterior of the sash and frame. Both windows offer European styling with convenient, push-out operation and can be specified with attractive, retractable screens or swing screens.

CSI specifications and drawing files for these and other products also appear on Kolbe's website. Heritage Series information recently was updated and reformatted for easier access. Architects may sign-in to access the specifications as PDF files or Word documents. Cross section, elevation and installation drawings are provided as DWG and DXF files, which open directly in AutoCAD® or, using an i-drop® function, icons may be dragged and drawings dropped into AutoCAD. Additionally, the format for Ultra Series architectural data has been revised to reflect improvements to the casement, awning and radius windows.

Updated energy and performance data and related tools help architects specify Kolbe products. WindFacts, for example, assists in determining required wind pressures of Kolbe wood and vinyl products.

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