Pella Corporation now offers three-dimensional (3D) window and door models for use in Building Information Modeling (BIM) projects by architects, designers, and others looking for aesthetically correct, easy-to-use, data-rich 3D drawings.
“As we continue to provide the best construction documentation support for our commercial partners, we’ve developed a collection of Pella BIM models so designers can easily incorporate Pella products into their building designs,” says Pella Commercial Marketing Manager Terry Zeimetz, AIA, CSI, CCPR.
Pella’s Autodesk Revit families are now available for use with the Revit Architecture computer software. For ease of use, Revit users may access Pella products directly from the Revit design application by using the Autodesk Seek Web service and simply drag-and-drop the Pella models into their BIM project.
Visit pellacommercial.com/BIM or download Pella’s 3D models from any of these Web sites: pellaadm.com, seek.autodesk.com, caddetails.com, or sketchup.google.com.
“We frequently include Pella in our commercial and residential projects,” says Mary Scro, AIA, NCARB, and partner with Z+ Architects, an architectural firm in Allendale, N.J. “Having Pella’s BIM models will make our job easier, faster and better, saving us time and money. Plus we can very quickly show our clients different product options.”
Pella’s new BIM-ready models complement other 3D and 2D drawing and specification resources currently available from Pella including 3D models for Google SketchUp, 2D drawings in dwg and dxf formats, and three-part specifications in CSI and AIA PRODUCT MASTERSPEC formats.
Other new commercial innovations from Pella include interior matched grilles between-the-glass and prefinished stained interiors for the wood window collection. Pella ProLine and Architect Series products now offer color choices for grilles between-the-glass to offer the look of individual panes of glass, with the energy efficiency and cleaning convenience of grilles permanently protected between the panes. The new grille color options are White, Tan, Brown, Ivory, Harvest, Cordovan and Brickstone which complement today’s most popular stain and paint tones.
Also new in 2009, Pella expands its aluminum exterior color options for greater design flexibility to add a look of distinction to non-residential and multi-family projects Seventeen new feature colors are available on Pella Architect Series and Designer Series products, as well as aluminum-clad wood, fiberglass and steel entrance doors. New colors include: Cranberry, Real Red, Stormy Blue, Naval, Eldridge Gray, Iron Ore, Almond, Classic White, Vanilla Cream, Sand Dune, Honeysuckle, Portobello, Fossil, Auburn Brown, French Roast, Summer Sage, and Deep Olive.
Pella Designer Series aluminum-clad wood windows and doors with double or triple glazing options offer blinds and shades between the panes of glass, protected from dust and damage, reducing lifecycle costs associated with the maintenance and replacement of traditional room side blinds and shades. Designer Series blinds or shades may be opened or closed to control the flow of light and the window sash may be opened for natural ventilation.
When closed, Pella research shows between-the-glass blinds offer a 43-percent reduction in solar heat gain compared to traditional room side blinds, reducing potential cooling costs. The company’s research also found windows with ordinary room side blinds accumulate 200 times more of certain airborne allergens than Designer Series products with between-the-glass blinds.
For added convenience, Designer Series products now offer completely prefinished stained interior options.
Pella Impervia, crafted of fiberglass composite materials, adds casement and awning style window options in 2009, to provide more choices for architects and commercial property owners looking for highly durable, low maintenance windows or patio doors that will perform even in extreme weather conditions.
Pella Impervia windows are made from Duracast, a patented five-layer, engineered fiberglass composite that is more durable than aluminum3, offers the thermal efficiency of wood, is priced competitively with vinyl, and comes in an impressive array of styles, sizes and options to fit your project requirements.
Pella’s newly redesigned Architect Series HurricaneShield double-hung and single-hung window allows customers the full extent of impact-resistant protection without sacrificing aesthetics eliminating the need for brace clips and other visible reinforcement the natural beauty of wood interiors to radiate. HurricaneShield double-hung and single-hung products offer Missile D, Wind Zone 3 performance as the standard.The new design achieves performance ratings of +55/-60 psf in sizes up to 41” w x 84” h, 45” w x 77” h, 48” w x 71” h, 52” w x 65” h and +60/-75 psf on sizes below 33” w x 53” h.