Cary, N.C.-based Ply Gem partnered with Appalachian State University, providing products for their Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 entry: Maison Reciprocity.

Maison Reciprocity, or Reciprocity House, features the latest in energy-efficient, highly sustainable construction technologies. To enhance the project’s design and efficiency, Ply Gem, who has been working closely with the team since the build out began in 2011, supplied door and window frames to the home, which were then set with Eastman Chemical Co.’s Heat Mirror insulating glass to create energy-efficient, lightweight hybrid doors and windows. The Ply Gem door and window frames are specially designed prototype models, selected for their security, as well as their aesthetics. In addition to the frames, Ply Gem shared newly developed materials with the team and worked with them to create new forms of furniture for the competition home.

“At Ply Gem, innovation has been an important factor in shaping our 70-year history and we believe that investing in the bright young minds of the building world will enhance the future of this industry tremendously, in terms of both technological advances and sustainability,” says Lee Clark-Sellers, innovation officer for Ply Gem. “Working with Team Reciprocity on this project has been an extremely positive experience for us in taking innovation to the next level and we wish them the best of luck in the competition.”

Team Réciprocité, in partnership with the Université d’Angers, will be competing this summer at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 in Versailles, France, with their Maison Reciprocity row house.

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