Windows Close to the Floor

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP May 23, 2019

There are a number of codes related to windows. As windows have been growing in size, and therefore getting closer to the floor, there is a new one that we’re starting to run into. The International Residential Code section R613.2 Window Sills states: In dwelling […]

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Terms to Know When Choosing Windows – U-Factor, SHGC & VLT

by EVstudio AEP May 23, 2019

There is more to know about windows than casement, double-hung, Low-E, double or triple pane. While Low-E and the number of panes can give a basic idea on the performance characteristics of a window assembly, it is also good to know a couple other key […]

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Common Egress Window Sizes and Operation

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP September 28, 2018

I recently posted an article on the rules behind egress windows. I realize that knowing the rules doesn’t necessarily mean that you know the most common window sizes for each different window operation. So here are the basics and some links to the Anderson Window […]

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Egress Windows and Emergency Escape

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP October 5, 2017

The International Residential Code spells out a number of code requirements for egress windows and emergency escape in houses and other residential buildings. First, you’re required to have at least one egress window or door in a basement and in every bedroom. If you have […]

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Operable Windows in Aluminum Storefront Systems and Curtain Wall Systems

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP January 20, 2017

A few weeks ago I toured a project with Brion Doyle from Spectrum General Contractors and we talked about options for putting operable windows into storefront and curtain wall systems. As it turns out, many manufacturers have not anticipated or provided for the architect’s push […]

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What You Need to Know about Windows

by Bill Myhren, AIA, EI January 20, 2017
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Windows are an important architectural component for both residential and commercial buildings and can significantly impact both construction budgets as well as energy use. According to consumer reports, the cost to replace the windows in the average house costs between $7,000 and $20,000. Windows come […]

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The Prairie Style Home

by evstudio November 30, 2016

The Prairie Style is often associated with Frank Lloyd Wright and the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 1900s.  One of his finest examples was the Robie House with its dramatic overhangs, stretches of art glass windows, open floor plan, and sweeping horizontal lines […]

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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting

by EVstudio AEP May 20, 2014

There seems to be a popular misconception that the use of natural light involves large expanses of southern facing windows. I can’t count how many places I have been where the entire south facing window wall has the blinds constantly drawn or unsightly tinting film […]

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Protective Bar Instead of Safety Glazing in Hazardous Residential Locations

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 12, 2009

The International Residential Code, IRC, requires that you provide safety glazing (tempered glass) in all windows within 36″ horizontally and 60″ vertically above a stair walking surface. We did a project on a older loft building with large, existing glazing that the owner was not […]

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Egress Windows Swinging In – Acceptable in Building Code

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 11, 2009

The International Building and Residential Codes do not specify that egress windows have to swing out. The codes only specify the opening size and location required for the window. In fact, with the European tilt and turn window, they only open in. I received this […]

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