Most Innovative Window

2011 Crystal Achievement Award Winners


Large Manufacturer


Essence Series

Milgard Windows & Doors

Tacoma, Wash.


While vinyl windows outpace wood windows in sales today, studies show that more people prefer wood windows but are put off by the maintenance, durability, cost and efficiency issues. Milgard developed its Essence Series windows to address these demands by combining the beauty of rich, natural wood on the interior and the durability of fiberglass on the exterior.

The line is designed to meet the expectations of the wood window purist, offering classic styling and traditional butt joinery on the interior and the exterior of the window. This is a detail not often accomplished by aluminum or vinyl-clad wood windows. The full line of windows and doors has even sight lines across all styles, resulting in visual symmetry and an architecturally-accurate look.

The composite window was designed to satisfy wood window purists.

Milgard took a “no compromise” approach to window design that extends beyond good looks with the series as well. The company engineered Essence to meet Energy Star requirements without any upgrades—a result of a commitment to meeting the efficiency needs of today and tomorrow. The line also features an integrated rain management system to protect the window’s wood interior as well as an advanced paint technology.

The powder-coat finish is both chip and fade resistant and available in a wide range of colors. This presents new possibilities for homeowners who want to coordinate their windows with the siding and trim.  Also noteworthy is the SmartTouch lock used on the line, which enables Essence to become the first wood window to earn the Ease-of-Use Commendation by the Arthritis Foundation. Said to be priced below most wood windows, the line features a full lifetime Warranty, including glass breakage.


Small/Medium Manufacturer

Series V-100 Vinyl Tilt/Turn WinDow

Windoor Inc.

Orlando, Fla.


Developed as part of Windoor's Eco-Impact line, the Series V‐100 Vinyl Tilt & Turn WinDow is designed to perform on all fronts.  It can achieve R‐5 ratings with U-values as low as .22. It is also available in venting sizes up to 54 inches x 80 inches. Bringing European style to the next level, the vinyl WinDow can be used in commercial new and retrofit projects, as well as residential high design load areas requiring impact performance, and is also suitable for non-impact zones. Users have the opportunity to tilt in the entire window for that wonderful ocean breeze–and when they close the window, they enjoy a very peaceful night sleep with no outside noise.

Non-impact products have maximum design loads of +130/-150, while impact products achieve a +100/-130 rating. The windows offer 20.0 psf water performance, U-values as low as .18, an SHGC as low as .05, a 41 STC rating and air Infiltration numbers as low as .014.

The line includes qualified and rated units combining multiple individual units with vertical mulls and/or coupling systems. Using the base test size of 54 inches x 80 inches, a triple master frame unit with couplers can be produced in sizes as large as 162 inches x 80 inches. And all can be installed from the inside of a building, eliminating the need for scaffolding.

The tilt/turn line is offered with custom colors, as well as two‐tone and woodgrain options. Architectural arch-top windows that operate the same way as conventional tilt/turn units are also available.




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Unique Innovation

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Most Innovative Machine

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Best Product Literature

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 Best Industry Web Site

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Phantom Screens


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