Window Selection for Existing Homes

Class Description
This training explains how to evaluate and select the most appropriate window technology for a given California climate in order to save on heating and cooling costs and increase occupant thermal comfort. Topics include NFRC labels, new low-E and spectrally selective coatings, advanced frame and spacer technology, and how to properly flash windows during installation. Note- This class will be most useful to those who are familiar with basic building science principles and have some experience with residential windows.

Following is a representative selection of concepts to be covered:

  • Role of windows in energy loss & gain in homes
  • Impact of high performance windows on comfort
  • Terms, definitions and NFRC labeling
  • Selecting low-E and spectrally selective coatings
  • Impact of low conductivity frames on energy loss, condensation & mold
  • Understanding warm edge spacer technology
  • How windows lose & gain heat through frames, spaces & glass
  • Long & short wave radiation impact on building / window design
  • Relationship between air space, gases and R-value
  • How to install & flash windows correctly
  • Window grade, wind load resistance and water penetration

Instructor Information
Steve Easley is an internationally recognized construction consultant specializing in solving building science related problems and educating building industry professionals. His work focuses on increasing quality of construction, sustainability, and reducing costly mistakes that lead to construction defects and call backs. Steve is a spokesperson for the Green Building Initiative, member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and an advisor to the National Association of Home Builders Quality in Housing Council. He was a tenured Professor of Building Construction and Contracting at Purdue University for 10 years.

Complimentary continental breakfast and hot lunch will be provided.

April 16, 2013
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Marina Public Library (Community Room)
190 Seaside Circle
Marina, CA 93933
Chris Sentieri
Further Information: 
To register go to: This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. “PG&E” refers to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation.
Payment Information: 
No Fee

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