MEDFORD, Wis. – Weather Shield Windows & Doors speaks the language of architects and designers with a dedicated Architectural Services team, a steadfast commitment to environmental preservation, and windows and patio doors that offer the architectural detail, authenticity and energy efficiency the design community seeks to incorporate into their projects. The company recently added an AIA-approved CES course on green design and certification, support services and resources to help more architects and designers understand and pursue environmental certifications.
“Homeowners and builders are depending more and more on architects and designers to develop homes and buildings that respect the environment through proper design and product specifications,” said Jeff Williams, Weather Shield’s senior brand manager for architectural marketing, “and can achieve the most points possible for certification. Weather Shield’s Architectural Services Department can help the design community understand certification programs, and how to use Weather Shield products to earn certification points.”Dedicated Architectural Services
Weather Shield’s Architectural Services Department can provide guidance on specifying windows and doors in any project. The department can review custom product requests including custom profiles and special-sized units; answer technical questions such as size limitations, paint specification and performance ratings; review product specifications and provide shop drawings with unit elevations and cross sections based on submitted quotes. The Architectural Services Department also maintains “drafting table” drawings, CSI specifications and technical information that are posted on weathershield.com. Architectural Services can be reached at 800-538-8836.
In addition to the Architectural Services Department, a LEED Accredited Professional is also available to assist with design, energy and daylight planning in any stage of a project—from concept through design and construction.LEED Statement Brochure Helps Plan for Certification
The Architectural Services Department recently released Weather Shield’s LEED Statement Brochure, which identifies how Weather Shield Windows & Doors can contribute to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. For architects and designers pursuing LEED for Homes or LEED for New Construction certification, the brochure can guide them on design and product specifications in the five categories to which windows and doors can contribute certification points. Weather Shield products can contribute up to 23 possible points toward LEED certification.
“Designers who consider how to achieve LEED certification prior to designing a project will be better able to achieve the highest number of points possible,” Williams said. “Our LEED Accredited Professional can help them plan in advance how to make the best use of windows and doors, and leverage Weather Shield’s unique product attributes and manufacturing processes to earn additional points toward certification.”Green Building CES Fosters Environmental Stewardship
Architects can gain a better understanding of green building and certification programs while earning AIA/CES credits with Weather Shield’s new course, “Green Building and Continued Environmental Stewardship.” The course provides a basic understanding of what building “green” means, and an overview of the industry’s certification or “green” rating systems and their requirements. Participants will learn about the many benefits of green building and review case studies of several projects that have achieved certification.
Weather Shield not only encourages environmental stewardship among the building and design community but it also demonstrates its environmental commitment through companywide manufacturing practices such as: