Latest Articles in Energy Efficiency

  • Solar panels help defray energy costs by harnessing sun’s power
    When it comes to today’s fenestration products, homeowners expect windows and doors to keep their homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There may come a day in the future, however, when homeowners can actually put their fenestration products to work. Window systems incorporating solar panels, for example, can support a home’s energy needs by producing power rather than... more »
  • Solar panels help defray energy costs by harnessing sun’s power
    When it comes to today’s fenestration products, homeowners expect windows and doors to keep their homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There may come a day in the future, however, when homeowners can actually put their fenestration products to work. Window systems incorporating solar panels, for example, can support a home’s energy needs by producing power rather than... more »
  • Aerogels help prefabricated roofing system deliver improved performance and aesthetics for new homes
    Centerpoint Translucent Systems recently launched a line of unique prefabricated roofing products that could represent a whole new category within the fenestration market. Suitable for topping off roof sections in residential applications protruding from the main wall of a home—often in bay configurations—the products incorporate a high-tech, highly insulating aerogel glazing that... more »
  • Emphasis on energy efficiency provides opportunity for windows and doors, but other green demands on industry remain uncertain
    Gone are the days when “green building” was a topic of conversation among only the wealthy or environmentally conscious. Mainstream America is beginning to demand green building practices in both the commercial and residential arenas, and builders are stepping up to fill that need. Most green building experts agree that the burst of activity surrounding green building and... more »
  • For years, elements of the environmentalist community have targeted vinyl as an inappropriate material for use in “green” projects. As a result, the U.S. Green Building Council has been under pressure to create a special credit in its LEED rating system against the use of vinyl. Keith Christman of the Vinyl Institute reports that the task group formed to look at the issue has... more »
  • Efficient Windows Collaborative Consortium of window and door manufacturers, industry suppliers, government agencies, and academic researchers, supported by Department of Energy, that promotes the use of energy efficient windows. Its web site features a great deal of useful information covering window energy performance issues. Detailed information is provided on different glazing and frame... more »
  • The U.S. Green Building Council Organization devoted to developing green rating programs for all types of commercial and residential buildings.  Main site features information on its various LEED programs, rating systems under development, educational opportunities, its trade show and more.  USGBC offers a unique Web site, referenced below, specifically for the residential market. The... more »
  • Other Publications and Web Sites Behind the Logos: Understanding Green Product Certifications From Environmental Building News, January 2008 Passive Solar Design From Toolbase.org (NAHB Research Center) A Clear View: Vinyl Windows & the Environment From the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Vinyl Institute Hot Topics Handbook... more »
  • A closer look at the USGBC program and what it says about fenestration products
    The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes third-party certification system measures the overall performance of a home in eight categories—Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Awareness & Education. The program establishes a minimum level... more »
  • A look at minimum performance requirements and available points for industry products within the draft NAHB/ICC standard
    The National Association of Home Builders published its National Green Building Guidelines in 2005.  It is now working with the International Code Council, through its NAHB Research Center, to develop the National Green Building Standard. Based on the National Green Building Guidelines, the standard is expected to be approved by the American National Standards Institute in spring 2008.... more »