Posts Tagged ‘ U-value ’

Gone With the Wind

Apr 4th, 2024

April showers bring May flowers, but storms are not welcome. These are crazy times. I woke up this morning to the sound of thunder. Then I heard the wind and rain. It was buckets of rain as if a giant bucket of water was being poured over my house. ‘I hope the skylight doesn’t start […]

Carry On My Wayward Son

Mar 2nd, 2023

With Energy Star 7 looming on the horizon, I am seeing fabricators considering one of three main paths. The Wayward Sons With requirements becoming more difficult and costly to meet, some fabricators are simply not going to do it any longer, but they will “carry on” (like the song by rock group Kansas) with an […]

Enhance Your Demand Curve

Oct 20th, 2022

Many window manufacturers are reporting that sales are slowing down. The last few years we really didn’t have to worry about demand. We had other things to deal with like supply chain. Now, many fabricators are finally seeing a slowdown and are feeling uncertain about 2023. Well, when it comes to demand, it would be […]

Window Technology of the Future: Boldly Go Where No Glass Has Gone Before

Sep 22nd, 2022

I was visiting a customer yesterday discussing the upcoming revised Energy Star requirements that will go into effect sometime in mid-2023 (Energy Star 7.0). He felt confident that, utilizing triple-pane insulating glass (IG) configurations, the majority of his window designs would meet the new U-value criteria, even in the Northern climate zone. This led to […]

Energy Star Innovation Part Two

Aug 22nd, 2022

During the last week, many of us crafted a final response to the EPA concerning the Energy Star Version 7 for windows, doors and skylights. Our last letter to EPA in March ’22 asked for nine changes to be made to the proposal, and EPA accepted one. While it is unlikely that EPA will make […]

Fourth Surface Low-E Coatings – A Prescription for ‘Pane’ But Not Without Side Effects

Feb 14th, 2014

During my recent travels to Michigan with the Polar Vortex temperatures in full effect, it seemed as though every window company I was visiting was getting phone calls from angry and confused customers about condensation.  It seemed like condensation complaints were on everybody’s mind. “Yes we like when the phone rings, especially this time of […]