PHRC Webinars

Shedding Light on Glazing Safety and Performance

4/12/2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Chris Hine and Brian Wolfgang (PHRC)


Link to Webinar:


Understanding glazing concepts can help determine how well a product will keep a home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. By recognizing proper fenestration design principles, industry professionals and consumers can reliably compare products and make informed decisions about the windows and doors they purchase, install, and inspect. This webinar will explore glazing characteristics such as U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), Visible Transmittance (VT), Air Leakage (AL), and how they relate to the overall performance of the assembly. This webinar will also analyze the impact that provisions of the 2009 IRC dealing with safety have on glazing selection and installation.

Learning Objectives

1.   Comprehend the scope of the 2009 IRC requirements related to glazing safety and the impact they have on builders and occupants.
2.   Analyze the various products that are on the market which aim to ensure a greater level of occupant safety in homes.
3.   Understand the characteristics of glazing systems and how they impact occupant comfort, energy efficiency, and overall durability.
4.   Examine 2009 IRC requirements related to glazing performance and discuss the impacts these requirements have on the residential construction industry.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credits

Credit Hours

1.0 L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PDH, 1.0 AIA LU|HSW Hour

Tags: Energy Efficiency, Energy Codes, and Green Building



The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

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