Ontario Window Company Showcased in U.S. Model Energy Home
Pollard Windows in Burlington, Ontario, has partnered with BASF, the chemical company, to produce one of the most energy-efficient homes in the United States. The BASF Better Home, Better Planet Initiative: Near-Zero Energy Home in Paterson, N.J., an international showcase for innovative energy design, was recently awarded a LEED® Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council®. The distinction means that the home meets the council's highest standard for green building under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating program.
BASF senior corporate architect and project manager, Gary DeSantis says, "Pollard Windows provided the Near-Zero Energy Home with elegant, high-performance windows that helped us achieve a Platinum rating." According to DeSantis, the lead-free vinyl cladding is weather-resistant and will not flake, peel, rust or corrode, also making the windows maintenance free.
In an average home, about 38 percent of heat loss is through the doors and windows. Installing energy-efficient windows can reduce home energy costs by as much as 15 percent. Pollard's low-E glass units are filled with argon gas and use an Intercept® warm-edge spacer bar. This helped make the Paterson house 80 percent more energy efficient than a home built to model energy codes established by the U.S. Department of Energy.
"The particular brand of Low-E glass we use, Solarban® 60, makes all the difference," says Gary Pollard, owner of Pollard Windows. "Solarban® 60 is unique because it also offers solar control and that's essential for comfort." Pollard explains that this feature blocks direct solar heat gain year-round, while keeping the inner window panes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Condensation around the window and the transmission of ultraviolet light are both reduced. The special coating also protects against the fading of paintings, curtains, furniture and other objects in a home, an added benefit that protects interior decor.
Pollard notes that the vinyl extrusions in his windows are 500 percent thicker than typical aluminum cladding, increasing durability while allowing for air to circulate between the cladding and the wood, and reducing heat loss. The windows are tested to the American Architectural Manufacturer's Association (AAMA) and the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) standards which include both thermal modeling and physical testing (air infiltration, water penetration, structural pressure and thermal validation). The product garnered high ratings under guidelines developed by the AAMA and is also an ENERGY STAR® qualified product.
According to Pat Gaylor, interior designer for the Better Home, Better Planet: Near Zero Energy Home, the windows are not only high performing, "They set the tone and design for the entire home, adding tremendous detail and character to the overall aesthetic design of the home."
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