Latest Articles in Energy Efficiency

  • A minor variation in energy performance as manufacturers push the “state of the art” could create liability issues
    Federal preemption is probably not a concept many would associate with the fenestration industry. I suspect many readers have never even heard the term. It’s a concept, however, the industry should understand and promote. The underpinnings for the principle of federal preemption are found in the U.S. Constitution and the goal is the uniform regulation of matters of strong national interest... more »
  •   Sage Electrochromics Inc.’s dynamically tintable window technology will be included in a Minnesota home that is attempting to become one of the first and largest homes in the United States to earn platinum certification under the LEED green building rating system.  The 6,500-square-foot house, called “The Green Fin House,” will incorporate SageGlass windows,... more »
  • What LEED for Homes and NAHB's Green Building Standard say about windows and doors
    What makes a window or door green? An Energy Star label? Certified wood components? Recycled content? Its orientation? Good installation practices? There is no one answer, but all these elements can help a product score points for builders of green homes. With the green building movement gaining momentum, numerous home rating programs have been started around the country, designed to help... more »
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    Velux launches solar water heating system
    The recent International Builders’ Show in February saw the first move of a major fenestration industry company in North America into the solar market. Velux America introduced a solar water heating system at the show that its parent company based in Denmark has been selling in Europe for years. “Solar water heating is another opportunity for individual homeowners to support the green... more »
  • What LEED for Homes and NAHB's Green Building Standard say about windows and doors
    What makes a window or door green? An Energy Star label? Certified wood components? Recycled content? Its orientation? Good installation practices? There is no one answer, but all these elements can help a product score points for builders of green homes.   With the green building movement gaining momentum, numerous home rating programs have been started around the country, designed to... more »
  • More than 300 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes program since it launched its pilot program in 2005.  Another 8,000 homes are said to be in the pipeline. We asked representatives of two LEED for Homes Providers—organizations that assist builders in meeting these green building requirements and the rating and certification process—about windows and doors used in... more »
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  • Velux launches solar water heating system
    The recent International Builders’ Show in February saw the first move of a major fenestration industry company in North America into the solar market. Velux America introduced a solar water heating system at the show that its parent company based in Denmark has been selling in Europe for years. “Solar water heating is another opportunity for individual homeowners to support the green... more »
  • The Department of Energy is scheduled to release new, more stringent criteria for windows, doors and skylights that carry the Energy Star label this month. As we went to press, DOE was talking about three sets of new requirements, and while I don’t know what the numbers are, I can ask, “Are you ready?” And I’d like to focus that question on the longer term. The first set... more »
  • Recent survey finds high awareness level and eagerness to adopt technology
    The architectural community is increasingly committed to the sustainable design goals of lower energy consumption and greater levels of building occupants’ well-being and productivity. With the emergence of the green building movement, the window, door and glass industries can expect to see increased demands for higher performing products, including, notably, smart glass. The U.S. Green... more »