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Simonton Windows Offers Exclusive AIA-Certified Color Courses

(HIT) - Simonton Windows, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of vinyl windows and patio doors, has partnered with national color expert Kate Smith, CMG of Sensational Color, to offer a comprehensive color certification program for architects. The free eight-course program is certified by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and allows architects to earn both AIA Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and a Color Certification designation from Sensational Color.

Similar courses available from Smith on her Sensational Color website carry fees of at least $1,500 each. Architects who take the courses for free through Simonton University are receiving courseware valued at approximately $12,000 --- plus their AIA CEUs --- at no cost.

Offered exclusively through Simonton University, architects can register to take four “Color Core Training” courses, followed by four additional “Color for Home Exteriors” courses. The online courses are available at in the Technical School section of Simonton University. The first three courses are now available and include “Understanding Color,” “Color Theorist” and “Color Psychology, Symbolism and Meaning.”

“I’ve developed this Sensational Color Certification Program exclusively for Simonton Windows and architects visiting the Simonton University site,” says Smith, owner and chief color maven of Sensational Color. “Once an architect completes the eight courses, they can promote themselves as achieving their Color Certification by using the CfYH (Color for Your Home) appellation after their name and may include the Sensational Color logo in their marketing materials.”

All eight courses will be posted on the Simonton University site by the end of 2012.

“Color plays a critical role for architects as they design residential and commercial projects,” says Smith. “These online courses provide both scientific and psychological understanding of the importance color plays in design. Architects participating in this program have the unique opportunity to take color courses that build on each other so that they can accurately incorporate colors into their designs and share the influence of colors with their clients.”

About Simonton University
An integral part of the Simonton ProNetwork™, Simonton University consists of four “colleges” designed for contractors, ProNetwork™ members, architects, builders, distributors and interior designers. The four programs include:

  • The College of Windows and Doors – focusing on product knowledge and new product launches;
  • The Business School – highlighting business fundamentals in sales, marketing, accounting and e-business;
  • The Technical College – home of the Simonton Preferred Installer training programs, along with code and regulatory training;
  • The Architectural School – including product specifications and links to product drawings, certified AIA courses, white papers on green building, and sustainability programs.

“Architects participating in Simonton University can select any course that interests them in order to build up their personal and business skills,” says Rebecca Taylor, national training coordinator for Simonton Windows. “The free courses are primarily available online and are each an hour in length.

“Right now there’s a wealth of top-quality information available at Simonton University for anyone who registers and logs on. There are dozens of courses plus downloadable white papers and other resources at architect’s fingertips.”

About Simonton Windows

Simonton Windows produces ENERGY STAR® qualified replacement and new construction windows and doors, including a line of impact-resistant products. Simonton has been ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Windows and Doors, Three Years in a Row” by J.D. Power and Associates.

Simonton was also ranked #1 in quality in the 2009, 2007, 2002 and 1998 Brand Use Studies sponsored by Builder magazine and has won three Best In Class Awards administered by LBM Journal Research Institute.

Founded in 1946, Simonton’s hallmark has been to deliver the industry’s shortest, most dependable lead-times. Part of Fortune Brands Home & Security (NYSE: FBHS), Simonton delivers award-recognized products nationwide to key markets throughout the 48 continental United States. Simonton is a Founding Sponsor of The Weather Museum, a Lifetime Founding Sponsor of the Lead Safe America Foundation, and a supporter of Homes for Our Troops. For information, call (800) SIMONTON (1-800-746-6686) or visit

Simonton Windows received the highest numerical score among window and door manufacturers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2012 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction StudiesSM. 2012 study based on responses from 2,519 consumers measuring 11 brands and measures opinions of consumers who purchased new windows or patio doors in the previous 12 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in January – February 2012. Your experiences may vary. Visit

ENERGY STAR is a government program that helps consumers protect the environment through superior energy efficiency and is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Courtesy: Home Improvement News and Information Center

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