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Energy Losses from Windows Around The Globe Contribute 1 Gigaton of CO2 Emissions Annually—Here’s How Startups and Venture Capital’s (VC’s) Are Changing This.
From urban construction trends to aesthetic appeal and the many benefits of natural light indoors, windows are dominating more wall space in buildings than ever. And this global construction phenomenon isn’t going away.
Energy losses from old windows contribute to almost 1 gigaton of CO2 emissions a year globally—roughly the same as the total emissions from the aviation sector. This weak link of inefficient windows is augmenting our global energy usage crisis, with mounting climate implications. To dramatically lower the energy and carbon footprint of buildings on a global scale, innovation in high-efficiency windows must be driven to new heights. But to date, windows have been a vastly under-hyped climate technology. Let’s take a look at why windows are a technology primed for startup innovation and venture capital (VC) investment to drive forward market traction and, in turn, massively reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
The Massive Push For High-Efficiency Windows
While windows have always been an integral piece of a building’s fabric, in recent years these seemingly ubiquitous components have taken on increasing significance in building design, particularly with the rising trend of larger window-to-wall ratios in construction. In modern commercial buildings, window-to-wall ratios are often as high as 75 percent.
Windows as a Climate Technology
Windows are ubiquitous, yet they remain the weak link for building efficiency, contributing nearly a gigaton of global CO2 emissions annually.
With such transformative emissions-reduction potential, windows ought to be considered as a breakthrough “climate technology,” but all too often they have been overlooked.
In this light, windows are a critical technology that need immediate startup innovation and massive capital investment to avoid the worst impacts of global warming.
At Westeck Windows and Doors, we manufacture bespoke fenestration products that will provide benefit to the specific needs of the project. Working with main contractors, architects, designers and clients, we recognize the requirements of each development are unique, and provide a custom solution to suit.
Westeck manufactures innovative windows for maximizing the view, ease of operation and impressive thermal performance. Thermal values reach Passive House and Net Zero targets.
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