IBS video: High performance windows are key to Passive House performance

With more homes being built to Passive House and other standards, builders have new options for high performance windows available in custom options.

At the 2016 International Builders' Show, Lance Premeau, product and market manager for Kolbe Windows & Doors and a LEED Green Associate, reviewed the company's position in the high performance window market place and its array of offerings.

Premeau said the company offers a variety of windows that are certified to meet the standards of the Passive House Institute US. Kolbe is also one of the few companies to offer PHIUS-rated doors as well.

In addition to its VistaLuxe® Collection and Ultra Series windows and doors, the company also added the Teutonic series to the list of products that that have received certification from the PHIUS. This range of certified products means the American-made windows and doors for an entire passive house project are available from one manufacturer.

"Kolbe's broad range of PHIUS-verified products means that American-made windows and doors for an entire passive house project are available from one manufacturer," Premeau said. "Our PHIUS-verified products have the same attention-to-detail and superior quality for which Kolbe is known. Plus, these products are available with the multitude of options people have come to expect from Kolbe."

The PHIUS Certified Data for Windows program reviews manufacturer-supplied specifications for window and door products. Verified products are rated as suitable for passive house by climate zone. Passive House performance criteria are dependent upon a number of factors, including LoE coatings, lite divisions and elevation placement. PHIUS-verified Kolbe products feature argon-filled triple pane glass with different LoE coating options.

Products listed in the PHIUS Certified Data for Windows program can contribute to meeting the PHIUS+ 2015: Passive Building Standard–North America. In effect since March 2015, this standard provides a cost-effective platform for attaining Net Zero and Net Positive buildings, and certified projects also earn U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready status.

Read more about energy-efficient windows.


Topics: Certification / LEED, Doors, Energy Star, Passive House, Thermal Envelope, Windows


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