American National Standards Institute, a clearinghouse organization for all types of standards and product specifications.
Standard float glass.
One of several terms used for a variety of window units with one or more curvedframe members, often used over another window or door opening. Also referred to as circle-heads, circle-tops and round-tops.
An inert, nontoxic gas used in insulating glass to reduce heat transfer.
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, anational association that establishes standards for building energy performance.
Center post between two swing-ing doors.
Formerly, the American Society for Testing and Materials, anorganization that establishes material standards (including glass) and test methods. It has alsoproduced a window installation standard.
Window with sash swinging outward from bottom.
Material or compound used to seal the glass to a window sash.
Mechanical device (normally spring loaded) used in single- and double-hung windowsas a means of counterbalancing the weight of the sash during opening and closing.
A combination of window units that projects to the exterior. Usually features a large centerunit with two flanking units at 30¡ or 45¡ angles to the wall.
Building Environment and Thermal Envelope Council. Part of the National Institute of Building Sciences, an organization representing government and industry, BETEC is involved incommunicating government policy and influencing standards development within the industry.
Building information modeling. A 3D, object-oriented approach to computer-aidedarchitectural design. Enables data for manufacturer's details to be imported right into projectdesign, and presents 3D models of products in place in building. Also provides access and abilityto add to detailed imagery and information to everyone involved in the building process andbuilding operations after project completion.
Building-integrated photovoltaics. A term used for products, such as commercial glazing,with solar-power collection cells built in.
Building Officials and Code Administrators. One of the three model code groups in theU.S. that has now merged into the International Code Council.