Improving Thermal Performance in Structural Fenestration Products
Patrick Muessig, Azon USA Inc.
Track: VALUE-ADDED PROCESSES - Fabrication
ABSTRACT ---The manufacturers of fenestration products, (windows and doors) for use
in a building façade, have many materials to choose from to produce their products. This
paper outlines the use of aluminum combined with a structural thermal barrier, as the
material of choice for fenestration products worldwide. It offers fundamental facts about
thermal barriers for commercial and residential applications. The structural longevity and
design flexibility of such products are featured. This document also includes the cost of
producing thermal barrier fenestration and processing techniques.
Data is provided that illustrates structural fenestration product’s ability to meet energy
codes required for the architectural building industry. Comparison studies are provided for
various types of systems that can be used for insulating aluminum windows and doors.
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