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Glass Railings: Fundamentals of Design and Specification

  • Sponsor: CRL
  • Credits: 1 AIA HSW LU
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  • Format: One Video Segment

Course Description

Glass railing systems can enhance the aesthetics, function, and safety of buildings. There are several types available such as base shoe systems, post railings, standoff systems, and windscreens.

This course covers important considerations when specifying glass railings including best practices in design, component selection, and installation. It will also address the role of code authorities such as the IBC. Upon course completion, participants will possess a deeper understanding of the glass railing specification process to help ensure that safety, aesthetic, and performance objectives are met.

Note: Certificates of Completion will be emailed in a PDF format for your records right away. Please allow for up to 3 to 4 weeks to receive AIA credit for the course.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a working knowledge of typical glass railing applications, the advantages and disadvantages of dry and wet glazing techniques, code compliance, and best practices during specification.
  • Be able to identify important product manufacturer installation criteria, warranty information, and how to select the correct system for the application.
  • Understand the role of the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Code Council (ICC), and how code standards apply to various glass railing systems.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of monolithic tempered and laminated glass systems, glass railing components, as well as guardrail, cap rail, and handrail applications.
  • Learn about new innovations in laminated glass, base shoe design, post systems, and installation methods.