Window Opening Control Devices (WOCDs) are specialised window hardware that can be installed on operable windows that are designated as emergency escape and rescue openings.
The most obvious indication of failure of an installed insulating glass (IG) unit in a window or door is permanent visual obstruction due to a milky-white fog or film on the interior surfaces of the glass (surface numbers two or three in dual-pane IG) due to moisture or chemical deposition.
In 27 EU Member States (out of 28) minimum requirements for windows have been introduced. These requirements can be regrouped in three categories: minimum requirements based on the U-value (being Uwvalue or Ug-value), on the Uw-value and g-value separately or on the energy balance combining both the Uw-value and g-value.
The climate crisis is all too real, prompting more than 230 medical journals to warn that 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming above pre-industrial levels risks “catastrophic harm to human health that will be impossible to reverse” and call on governments to respond with “unprecedented funding.”
In late June 2021, the peak, or ridge of a “heat dome” stalled over the Pacific Northwest creating a high-pressure that trapped hot air beneath it and blocked the oncoming jet stream from pushing the weather system on. Poorly insulated homes became “ovens” reaching internal temperatures of over 35C.
Faced with rising energy costs, a greater concern for the environment and an increased focus on the comfort and health of families, home buyers are looking for homes that are more comfortable, healthier, energy efficient, environmentally friendly and less expensive to operate.
Over three quarters of carbon pollution from operating a building can be almost eliminated by switching from natural gas to electricity or renewable natural gas for space and water heating.
Custom Homes are built to higher energy-efficiency standards which provide multiple benefits to its owners. A home built with high insulation levels, air-tight construction, high performance windows and patio doors and doors offer the following benefits:
The National Fenestration Rating Council and its membership developed the condensation resistance rating more than 20 years ago. While this rating was fair, accurate and credible, the rating only provided information to compare which products had the higher rating value.
Choosing windows isn’t as simple as going with a look you like. Durability and performance are key factors to be considered, and windows will perform and age differently in different areas of the country. Here’s what to look for when choosing your windows in the Pacific Northwest.