Super-insulated windows almost never pay for themselves
Triple pane, argon-gas filled insulating glass with every coating imaginable easily doubles or triples the costs of standard windows that adhere to the Energy Code.
All windows leak heat like sieves no matter how tightly they seal against the weather. The savings between 1/20th the efficacy of a typical wall's insulation and 1/10th is pretty minute, and the more complicated the glazing the greater the chance of voided seals, creating fogged windows that need repair or replacement — costing energy.
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Duo Dickinson Duo Dickinson has been an architect for over 30 years and received over 30 awards. His work has been published in over 70 national publications. Mr. Dickinsons latest book is Staying Put. He is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and writes for Design Bureau, A.B., New Haven Magazine, and his own blog, Saved By Design. He has taught at Yale, Roger Williams and Harvard GSD Summer Program. www