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.
Production of the Albany mining & industrial (M&I) high speed door to be filmed for the TV show “How It’s Made”
This year, the Albany product brand from ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems was selected to be featured on the television show How It’s Made. On Friday November 30th, the How It’s Made television crew will be in Lawrenceville, Georgia to film the production of the Albany M&I door.
How It’s Made shows how common, everyday items are manufactured. Each episode contains four segments on four different products, and is supported by narration that describes the making of each product.
The Albany marketing department provided the research director at How It’s Made with information on how the Albany product is produced. The Albany M&I door was selected from approximately 17,500 submissions from around the world – less than 1% of the products submitted make the cut to appear on the show.
“Albany invented the first high speed door in 1968, and as the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance doors we are thrilled to have been selected from so many applicants to be featured on this very popular television show,” says Craig Jones, Vice-President and General Manager for the Albany product brand. “Many of our customers and end users are fans of the show and we are proud to be able to showcase our unique product in this format. This is an exciting moment for the Albany brand and we are preparing our production facility and people for our television debut.”
How It’s Made is produced in Quebec, and is broadcast in over 180 countries throughout the world. In the US, it airs on The Science Channel and The Discovery Channel.
Marvin and Integrity windows and doors were used in a new multi-use building at a state center for rehabilitation, the Roosevelt Warm Springs Vocational Rehabilitation Unit located outside Altanta. In the video below, comments from the architect and builder provide insights into the process and products filling the openings in this institutional but comfortable living space.
This 130,000 space uses a combination of Marvin polygon windows and commercial doors alongside Integrity All Ultrex picture windows and double hungs.
Sited on the crest of a gentle rise, this northern Minnesota lake home was designed by Todd Hansen of Albertsson Hanson Architecture to create a life-long residence and gathering space for friends and family.
The design was based on simplified, traditional residential forms with a variety of outdoor spaces from which to enjoy the property, inspired by American country and farm houses. Inside, the living spaces are open to one another to allow for casual, modern living, while maintaining definition as a series of interconnected rooms. The generously sized, first level living room is open through the center of the house to provide sweeping views of the lake and to take advantage of breezes.
The residence integrates Marvin’s Double Hung windows and French doors into a classic, American residential architectural style. The flexibility of the sizing allowed the inclusion of 4’ x 7’ Double Hung windows in the main rooms facing the lake. This mimicked the scale of a large, picture window without the “too-modern” connotations of large, plain glazing.
A positive window and door replacement experience requires knowledgeable experts who can help you handle your project from start to finish. Whether you’re planning a dramatic new look, an authentic replication, greater energy efficiency or a low-maintenance exterior, Marvin has the replacement options, sizes and custom solutions needed to turn your window and door replacement dreams into reality.
Houzz.com recently featured a unique cottage on the wooded side of beautiful Lake Minnetonka outside of Minneapolis. This incredible gatehouse features a vast collection of reclaimed wood and stone from the 1800s, as well as antique furniture.
“My client has done lots of traveling in Europe and has a keen interest in French and English architecture,” says Jeff Murphy of Murphy & Co. Design. The house “resembles a stone cottage seen in France or England.” To get the look, he studied the details, proportions and massing of English cottages from the 1600s to the 1800s.
MAUMEE, Ohio — Some like them swinging, some like them sliding — but they all like patio doors as beautiful complements to a home’s décor with bright views of the outside and more natural light inside. Patio doors are striking additions to a home without sacrificing security or protection from the elements.
But which style is right for you? Therma-Tru Doors, the nation’s most preferred brand of entry doors, offers the following information:
Determine Your Patio Style
There are two primary types of patio doors: hinged (swinging) or sliding. Therma-Tru offers both types in a variety of styles. Which one you choose depends on your home’s layout and style and how you plan to use the door.
Hinged patio doors offer classic French-door elegance, often fitting nicely in a kitchen connecting to a patio or a family room that leads to the deck. If interior space is at a premium, you might consider a hinged patio door that swings out. This type of door is ideal if you live in a climate with high wind and inclement weather, since winds simply push the door against the jamb, ensuring a tighter seal.