Energy-efficient doors and windows gaining in green home design (video)
All too often, windows and doors are the weak link in a high-performance building envelope. Fortunately, manufacturers are continually developing more products to help homeowners and builders improve the building envelope while offering a broad range of styles, colors and finishes to fit any architectural design.
While they provide wonderful daylight and views, windows are actually holes in a building's insulation. The typical home loses more than 25 percent of its heat through windows. Even modern windows insulate less than a wall.
If you're in the market for windows, look for the Energy Star label. This designation from the U.S. Department of Energy ensures that these windows perform at a higher level than the industry average. Energy Star windows have been rated on performance by the NFRC.
High-performance windows may cost a little more but pay off in lower utility bills and improved comfort.
Replacing old windows with Energy Star-qualified windows lowers household energy bills by 7 to 15 percent.
Here, Stacy Einck of Andersen Windows reviews the latest developments in doors and windows.
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Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.www