Window Maker Introduces Passive House Window Line
The Passive House design concept produces buildings with ultra-low energy consumption, but one of the weak links has been windows that insulate as well as walls.
According to Mark Davis, Executive Director of the Earthwise Group, windows suitable for the extreme demands of Passive House construction are now available through Earthwise Windows of Albany, New York, known locally as PVC Industries.
The Passive House concept originated in Europe as a way to dramatically reduce energy consumption. The concept relies on solar heat gain for passive heating and ventilation for fresh air and cooling. Passive House design focuses on the optimization of four main areas of a building's energy performance: insulation, air infiltration, solar heat gain, and ventilation. As a result, windows are a key factor in Passive House design.
Earthwise Windows of Albany has developed the Revolution window system in accordance with Passive House design requirements. The patent-pending Revolution offers: triple-glazed construction, a seven-chambered sash, a continuous triple weather seal and more. The window can achieve thermal performance ratings of R-7 and higher and delivers exceptional air infiltration performance.
Ken Ceriello, Vice Present of Business Development for Earthwise Windows of Albany, NY, notes, "We're seeing increasing demand for Passive House windows from both residential and commercial sectors. The hotel industry, in particular, is showing a great deal of interest."
The Earthwise Group is a national network of independent manufacturers who build high-quality, custom windows and doors for their customer's local climate. Their strategically located U.S. manufacturing plants build energy‐efficient windows and patio doors for replacement and new construction applications. The Earthwise Group is one of the largest manufacturers of windows in the nation, building over one million windows annually.
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