Triple-Pane Energy Gains

Feb. 16, 2010
February 2010 Vol. 7, Issue 2

Triple-Pane Energy Gains

Windows are a weak link for buildings when it comes to heat transfer. As much as 30 percent of a commercial building’s energy loss occurs through its windows, according to a DOE study. Conversely, windows allow in 10 times more solar heat per square foot than walls.

Due to the high initial costs, upgrading windows solely for the energy benefit is rare. A notable exception: 6,500 windows are being refurbished onsite in the Empire State Building.

Read more about the savings of onsite window refurbishment …

Tips for Selecting Higher-Performing Windows
The challenge in designing facades and selecting windows in commercial buildings becomes a balancing act between the exterior and interior architectural requirements and various technical issues such as energy efficiency, structural integrity, moisture control, acoustics, and security.
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Windows of the Future
The emerging concept of the “window of the future” is more of a multi-functional “appliance in the wall” rather than simply a static piece of coated glass.
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A Breath of Fresh Air
Operable window types include sliding, casement, awning, hopper, or tilt and turn. Each type of window has positive and negative aspects; evaluate which is most suitable for your particular application.
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Upgraded Powder-Coat Finish for Aluminum Windows
Crystal Window & Door Systems has upgraded the standard powder-coat paint finish on all its aluminum windows and doors.
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Quiet Motorized Window Shading
Whisper motors by Hunter Douglas bring quiet power, versatile controls, and reliability to a selection of energy-efficient roller shades, shadings, and other window coverings.
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Sun Shades and Light Shelves Maximize Daylight and Energy Efficiency
Wausau's aluminum exterior sun shades and interior light shelves intercept unwanted solar heat gain before it can impact a building's HVAC load.
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