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New Program Allows Manufacturers to Certify Energy Performance of Window Attachment Products and Materials

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 13, 2018 11:15:48 AM

Window attachment product and material manufacturers can now independently and accurately certify the energy-efficient attributes of their products, thanks to an exciting new program launching early this year.

The Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC) is looking for manufacturers who want to participate in this program, so keep reading to learn more. Or, if you are a homeowner, see what could be coming to stores near you later this year!

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Panasonic Develops Unique Vacuum Insulated Glass Based on Its Plasma Display Panel Technology

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 5, 2018 4:55:33 PM

The vacuum insulated glass achieves the industry's top-class(*1) insulation performance for glass of approx. 6 mm total thickness.

Panasonic Corporation today announced it has developed and succeeded in mass production of thin, high-performance vacuum insulated glass by applying technologies the company accumulated in the development and manufacturing of plasma display panels (PDPs). The glass achieves a heat transfer coefficient (Ug value) of 0.7 (W/m²K)(*2), the industry's top-class(*1) insulation performance for glass with a total thickness of 6 mm, which is equal to or greater than triple glass containing argon gas(*3) with a total thickness of about 3 cm.

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Window Film: A Cost Effective Window Retrofit

Posted by Jeffrey R. Plummer, Guest Contributor

Mar 15, 2015 4:53:00 PM

Window film technology has improved since it was first conceived. Newer films are high-tech products that adhere well and greatly improve an old window's performance at a modest cost. As this advocate for films suggests, they definitely should have a place at the green retrofit table.-Editor

WHEN IT COMES TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY, windows may be homeowners’ Achilles' heel. Between 10 percent and 15 percent of the energy a home uses is lost through windows, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Also, windows may be responsible for as much as 25 percent of a home’s heating bill. Nearly 75 percent of existing windows are not energy efficient.

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