Tubelite’s article on aluminum doors featured in Construction Specifier

Tubelite’s Jon O’Neal recently authored an article in The Construction Specifier on “Considerations for Standard, Modified and Custom Aluminum Doors.”

The seven-page educational feature offers five key factors to consider throughout the selection process for aluminum swinging doors and frames in commercial applications:

  • Extruded aluminum components
  • Hardware requirements and specifications
  • Frame types, components, and options
  • Performance expectations and requirements
  • Finish choices

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Tubelite shares expertise on thermal barriers

Sharing his knowledge with the industry, Tubelite’s Doug Dietrich recently authored a Know Your Products column on “Fenestration’s Thermal Barriers” for Metal Construction News.

He explains that when aluminum extrusions are shaped into framing for window, entrance, storefront and curtainwall systems, a break in the thermal path is necessary between the interior and exterior surfaces. This thermal barrier reduces the transfer of heat through the aluminum, keeping occupants at their desired, comfortable, indoor temperature and maintaining the structural integrity of the aluminum profiles.

The column continues with a description of thermal barrier types and U-factors. He also reminds readers to check that Division 8 aluminum framing and glazing specifications for U-factor align to meet the specified project requirements as determined by local codes.

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Tubelite achieves NFRC ACE certification

Tubelite Inc. has been approved by the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) as a Manufacturer Approved Calculation Entity (ACE) Organization. NFRC is the global leader in delivering energy and related performance ratings and certification for fenestration products and systems.

In addition to the company’s ACE certified individuals in both the engineering and marketing departments, three Tubelite representatives have earned a Certificate of Approval for successfully completing the ACE Training Workshop: client development manager Dan Goodman, and representatives Rick Hillesheim and Matt Tschida of Hillesheim Architectural Products, Inc.

As an NFRC ACE, each is qualified to carry out performance calculations of fenestration products for design support and final certification using the NFRC Component Modeling Approach (CMA) and software tool (CMAST). Through NFRC’s CMAST libraries of approved frames, glass and spacer components, users can configure fenestration products for a project, and can obtain a U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient and visible transmittance rating for those products. Performance values are then compared to the energy requirements of local energy codes to determine compliance.

Performance of specific Tubelite frame-glass combinations can be obtained from the NFRC Certified Products Directory or the CMA process. In addition to active product listings in the NFRC Certified Products Directory for factory-glazed fenestration, Tubelite has several approved curtainwall, storefront and entrance system products in the CMAST library, and new product variations frequently are added.

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About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations, and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Media contact: Heather West, 612-724-8760, heather@heatherwest

 

 

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Tubelite Presents “Hurricane Impact Fenestration Design” at CONSTRUCT

Tubelite_KevinHaynesKevin Haynes, architectural specification manager at Tubelite Inc., will present “Hurricane Impact Fenestration Design” as an educational session on Wed., Sept. 7, 11 a.m., at CONSTRUCT in the Austin Convention Center’s room 9AB. CONSTRUCT is held Sept. 7-9 in conjunction with the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) 60th annual convention.

Registration is required to attend the education sessions at CONSTRUCT. Tubelite is offering courtesy passes for the expo, where Haynes and company represents will be exhibiting in booth #249. Tubelite ForceFront Storm™ hurricane impact-resistant framing and entrance systems will be displayed along with the newest additions to its high-performance Therml=Block™ entrance, storefront and curtainwall systems.

Tubelite_FFStorm_ProjectileTestCONSTRUCT participants who attend Tubelite’s “Hurricane Impact Fenestration Design” presentation will learn about:
* Applicable hurricane impact codes and standards;
* Hurricane protective glazing systems – glass types, framing systems, doors and hardware;
* Design criteria for impact resistant glazing – wall zones vs. corners, large and small missile, anchors and substrates; and
* Hurricane impact testing and certification requirements.

The course is approved for CSI members earning credits toward their Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) renewal. It also is one of several courses offered by Tubelite that is approved by the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) for one Learning Unit in health, safety and welfare (1.0 HSW LU). Please visit the Architectural Consulting web page for a list of contacts and presentations.

 

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About Tubelite Inc.

Established in 1945, Tubelite celebrates 70 years of dependable service, fabrication and distribution of architectural aluminum products. Part of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., the company is an industry leader in eco-efficient storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems, and recognized for its fast, reliable and consistent delivery. Tubelite’s corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations are located in Walker, Michigan. Its Dallas location provides additional fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations, and its facility in Reed City, Michigan, houses the company’s aluminum extrusion operation.

Tubelite and its staff are members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Glass Association of North America (GANA), the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Media contact: Heather West, 612-724-8760, heather@heatherwest

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Innovations That are Moving in Bold New Directions

Supporting design professionals’ industry knowledge and development, Tubelite offers a new continuing education course, “FORWARD FACING: Innovations that are Moving Building Enclosure Design, Fabrication, Installation, and Performance in Bold New Directions,” available now in the September issue of Architectural Record and online Continuing Education Center.

The course is approved by the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) for one Learning Unit in health, safety and welfare (1.0 HSW LU).

Those who complete the course will learn about the aesthetics, performance, sustainability, resilience and life cycle benefits of innovative building enclosures, including storefront and curtainwall systems. Specific educational objectives include:

  1. Identify and recognize the significance of building enclosure and façade components in both the design and performance of buildings.
  2. Assess the performance aspects of exterior wall and fenestration systems as they relate to code compliance, energy performance, durability and sustainability.
  3. Explain the importance of proper design and construction techniques to help assure that systems perform as intended.
  4. Determine ways to incorporate the principles presented into specific building projects as shown in case studies.

Click here for more information about Tubelite’s AIA/CES programs.

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