Top 10 news articles for 2014
As 2014 draws to a close, here's a look at back at the top 10 news stories on ProudGreenHome.com. These are the stories published this year that snagged our readers' attention the most.
The PCBC show honored homebuilding's latest and greatest products with the Parade of Products Awards.
Florida's Miami-Dade County is the New York City of hurricane-resistant windows and doors. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. One way windows make it there is to survive tests to prove that the window won't be penetrated by an impact. If an object hits a window and shatters during a storm, wind and water get into the home causing further damage as well as potential harm to anyone inside.
Casement and awning style windows are considered some of the most energy-saving types on the market, but there have been few options for replacement or insert windows.
To manage solar heat gain through windows, window film offers an ideal solution for architects, building project managers, and business and homeowners who seek to make buildings and homes visually appealing, environmentally friendly and cost efficient.
In a November 2014 update, Sam Rashkin, chief architect of the Building Technologies office of the U.S. Department of Energy, discussed the value of high-performance windows in a tight building envelope. Check out the video interview with Mr. Rashkin.
One of the key features in a Passive House design is the high-performance windows. But not just any old windows will do. The windows must be certified by the Passive House Institute to meet their strict criteria for thermal performance.
Opening vertical windows and using mechanical ventilation, such as fans, is one solution. Another is using quiet, free passive ventilation from the chimney effect provided by venting skylights working with windows. That, and the abundant daylighting available through skylights, makes them attractive functionally in addition to the design elements and other advantages they bring to a home.
Whether it's the air conditioning, heat, hot water or lighting, there are always ways to save money on utility bills.
The Department of Energy estimates that windows in buildings in the United States account for a 30 percent loss in heating and cooling energy. One of the most cost effective ways to combat high energy prices and save money is to install high- performance windows.
Qualified U.S. homeowners can take advantage of tax incentives for adding energy efficient features to their homes in 2014.
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Companies: U.S. Department of Energy