Ontario Window Company Showcased in U.S. Model Energy Home

Taking the lead in reducing energy costs for homeowners, Pollard Windows of Burlington, Ontario, is partnering with chemical company BASF to produce the BASF Better Home, Better Planet Initiative: Near-Zero Energy Home. The home, in Paterson, N.J., is intended to be an international showcase for innovative energy design.

"Pollard Windows provided the Near-Zero Energy Home with elegant, high performance windows," said Gary DeSantis BASF senior corporate architect and project manager.

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 (low emissivity) glass windows help 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," said Gary Pollard, owner of Pollard Windows. "Solarban® 60 is unique because it also offers solar control and that's essential for comfort."

Pollard explained 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 noted 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. It is also an ENERGY STAR®-qualified product.

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