What criteria does the ENERGY STAR Program use for Window and Door Performance?
The first energy performance rating is the U-Factor. U-Factor measures heat transfer through a window and tells you how well the window insulates. The lower the U-factor, the better the window insulates. During winter months, the lower a windows’ overall U-factor, the less heat you will lose through that window, and the less energy you will use to heat your home.
The second performance rating is Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. This measures how much solar heat is admitted into your home through the window, and tells you how well the window blocks heat caused by sunlight. The lower the SHGC, the better the window is at blocking heat. During summer months, a lower SHGC means less solar radiation is admitted through your windows, keeping your home cooler, and saving you money on running your air conditioner.
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Keep furniture like beds or dressers away from windows. Furniture placed directly under a window can create an enticement for a child to climb and the potential to fall.
Keep children’s play safely away from windows, doors and balconies to help prevent an accidental fall or injury.
Remember, insect screens are designed to provide ventilationand to keep insects out, NOT to prevent falls. For added safety in children’s bedrooms, consider installing window guards or window fall prevention devices that meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.
Window treatments with traditional cords can contribute to childhood injuries. For added protection, choose blinds and shades with no room-side cords like Pella Designer Series® windows and patio doors, which feature between-the-glass blinds, shades and decorative panels. Pella® 350 Series patio doors also offer between-the-glass window fashions with no roomside cords.
Plant soft shrubs, like boxwood, or yews, under exterior windows that might be used as an emergency escape route to help soften a fall.
While spring cleaning, do a “clutter sweep” and remove tripping hazardsnear exit routes from windows, doors or balconies.
Do not allow children to jump on beds or other furniture, especially near windows.
Talk to older children about the dangers of playing near windows.
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Thermal Industries garden windows are constructed of fusion-welded vinyl frames and sashes and feature screened casement window vents that allow an abundance of light to shine through and nourish plants and flowers. The garden window’s standard birch veneer surround can be sealed, stained or painted to match your interior decor. An optional oak veneer surround is also available for their 300 Series Garden Window.
Berry College in Rome, Georgia, is one of the largest college campuses in the world. The Marvin family of brands – Marvin, Integrity, and Infinity – have all been used in renovation and new construction building projects here. Architect Tim Fish, from the Atlanta firm Cooper Carry, helps explain how and why Marvin windows were used for a variety of applications.