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Weekday Online Webinar: Forging the Future – Exploring Steel Windows & Doors in Residential Architecture

November 14, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Free Presented on Zoom – login link provided in confirmation of registration email



This course provides an overview of Steel Windows & Doors in residential architecture.    It will define the history of how steel windows in buildings originated in medieval times from Blacksmiths for churches and the very wealthy who could afford them.   It will delve into the alloy material make-up of steel and the welding process of assembly, the glazing process for steel windows and the various methods of coating or finishing the steel to protect from elements and corrosion.   This class will assist the residential specifier to identify different performance characteristics of different steel windows defining how hot rolled and cold rolled steel differ as well as thermally broken steel product from non-thermally broken product.   Various window and door operation (venting capabilities) and associative hardware will be reviewed as well as U.S. window “life safety” and code requirements.   The class will conclude reviewing various installation details of steel windows and doors in common wall conditions for typical residential architecture.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a basic understanding of how Steel window and doors originated in medieval architecture.
  • Review various types of alloys used historically and today in producing steel fenestration.
  • Learn the difference and process in hot rolled vs. cold rolled steel.
  • Understand the various types (techniques) of welding in existence today and which process is used extensively in modern day manufacturing of steel products.
  • Understand the difference between a steel profile Manufacturer and a Fabricator.
  • Review Architectural styles (genre) where steel windows and doors are most commonly used.
  • Define basic performance needs in a steel window and door and how to write those features into a window & door specification.
  • Review wall conditions and installation techniques of steel windows and doors to maximize performance, operation, and comfort.

Attendees have a chance at winning a $100 gift card to a restaurant of their choice!


Mitra Ahmadian - Architectural Consultant

Mitra Ahmadian is an experienced Architectural Consultant at BMD specializing in the fenestration side of the company’s manufacturing. With a Bachelor in Architecture, she has a three decades strong background in architecture and design and has an exceptional track record of successfully educating and partnering with architects and design firms. Mitra has been a valuable asset to BMD for the past six years, consistently delivering outstanding results and building long-lasting relationships with clients. Currently, she is focused on the new product lines with INICIO Windows and Doors and Glenview Doors, bringing her expertise and passion to provide innovative solutions to architects and design professionals. Mitra’s dedication to her craft and commitment to excellence make her an invaluable resource for anyone in need of architectural consultation on the fenestration industry.

Presented by Gold Level sponsor