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HOW DO WE TRANSFORM A POLLUTED INTERIOR ENVIRONMENT INTO A HEALTHY HOUSE? / GSW x Saint Gobain

People tend to spend most of their time indoors because many of them live in developed cities and communes. When we are not at home, we work, learn or even engage in fun activities, especially in closed spaces, specially designed for this purpose. Thus, 90% of our time is occupied with indoor activities. Therefore, it… View Article

BUILD A HIGH PERFORMANCE HOME, IT WILL MAKE IT EASY TO SELL

Building green homes can not only provide prospective buyers with clear benefits, such as decreased energy and water usage and utility bill savings, but some “hidden” benefits as well, including improved indoor air quality, more efficient heating and cooling systems, and more. The Home Performance Counts: Virtual Green Home Tour series provides insights into multiple… View Article

NEW BUILDINGS – NEW EDUCATION – NEW PRODUCTS – SHÜCO by GSW

The creation of an effective learning environment is fundamental to the design of school, college and university buildings. In the right conditions academic progress can flourish, which is why the choice of windows, door and façade systems is critical. Daylight is an essential component in the creation of an effective learning environment. It is a… View Article

WE AT GSW CARE ABOUT NATURE

More than just sustainability – we think ahead For us, sustainability means more than environmental protection: We use resources responsibly, rely on long-term employee loyalty and balanced growth. Environmental protection Partial production with green electricity 8% share of electricity from our in-house hydropower plant Company’s in-house sewage plat Reusability of materials Resource conservation Reduction of… View Article

REYNAERS / HI-FINITY BY GSW

HI-FINITY REYNAERS  For over 50 years, Reynaers Aluminum has been designed cutting-edge glazing solutions for some of the most iconic building in the world. Today, we are going to present the Hi-Finity Reynaers. Ultimate design freedom.  Available in a wide variety of configurations with open or glass corners, large and connected glass panels, motorized sashes,… View Article

SAINT GOBAIN GLASS BY GSW / SGG EVO

Advanced solar control and thermal insulation glass that is a perfect choice for sustainable buildings in single glazing application. SGG Evo is an energy efficient glass that offers high performance across all seasons. It is a cutting-edge product that offers dual advantages of solar protection and thermal insulation in both Single and Double Glazing applications…. View Article

WHAT IS ANODIZING AND WHY CHOOSE IT FOR ALL OF OUR ALUMINUM SCHÜCO USA & REYNAERS USA SYSTEMS?

Anodizing is an electrochemical process in which aluminum is actively involved, making it difficult to compare with the rest of available surface treatments. You can find amazing anodizing in our aluminum products Schüco USA & Reynaers USA by GSW. To learn more, keep reading. What is anodizing and why choose it? During this process a… View Article

PASSIVE HOUSE MYTHS AND REASONS WHY THEY’RE NOT TRUE

There are many Passive House myths circling around. One of them is that you can’t open windows in Passive House buildings. This is so not true and it is actually very important that you have openable windows. We, at Schüco USA by GSW will give you six reasons why.    1. A cheap and easy… View Article

FGIA NEW CODE 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the adoption of some codes in the U.S., but code cycles continue, including those for the I-codes. The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) held a “U.S. and Canadian Codes Report” session during its 2021 Virtual Annual Conference to keep its members informed about the latest in codes.   ICC… View Article

HI-FINITY SLIDING DOORS REYNAERS BY GSW

An infinite view with ultimate performances The Hi-Finity patio door is the epitome of modern design, combining the ultimate in contemporary aesthetics with outstanding performance. This state-of-the-art structurally glazed door offers the possibility of floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall glass, an ergonomically designed handle and a concealed locking system. For the discerning householder or architect who wants… View Article

SCHÜCO WINDOWS USA – PASSIVE HOUSE STANDARD

Unique thermal insulation with sophisticated design Schüco aluminum windows to passive house standard Bielefeld/Munich. The design of sustainable building envelopes demands more than just implementing the current energy standards. In view of the challenges of climate change and amended legal adjustments, windows will be required to match concepts such as passive house or Energy Plus…. View Article

BUILD SMART, BUILD PASSIVE HOUSE

Building Passive House can truly change the structure of your home Today, we would like to share this quick post that consists of an interview by Edward Lowes What is the component certification process like? What are the prerequisites for getting a component certified? These are just some of the questions that the new series… View Article

THE PASSIVE HOUSE INDUSTRY IN 2020

NAPHN Market Survey Report 2020 Recap   What does the Passive House industry look like in 2020? If you want the pulse on the Passive House industry in North America, you’re in luck — today we’re recapping all the latest passive house statistics from NAPHN’s Market Survey Responses Report. At the North American Passive House… View Article

JUMBO GLASS BY GSW

Introducing the Jumbo Glass by GSW. The modern structural glass facades are including larger glass panels and less hardware than ever before. The aesthetic creates transparency and it presents a design challenge when it comes to accommodating for seismic drift. Richard Kaire and David Dunham, engineering manager and director of business development, respectively at Sentech Architectural… View Article

FINANCING HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS

A guide to optimizing energy performance across the multifamily building cycle Established in 1974, The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) is a nonprofit affordable housing and community revitalization finance company that believes housing is central to transforming underserved neighborhoods into thriving and vibrant communities. CPC’s Sustainability Platform was formed in 2008 to carry out the organization’s… View Article

SCHÜCO BY GSW PRESENTS TRICKLE VENT VENTILATION SYSTEMS

TRICKLE VENT VENTILATION SOLUTIONS FROM SCHÜCO BY GSW       Comfortable indoor climate and high level of comfort for an optimum living and working environment The quality of the ambient air is a decisive factor in the health, well-being and performance of the people in a building. If it deteriorates, e.g. due to the… View Article

HI-FINITY EXTENSIONS – GSW x REYNAERS USA

HI-FINITY EXTENSIONS OPEN THE DOORS TO CREATIVE COLLABORATION   The latest extensions to the Hi-Finity range add substantial creative potential to the palettes of the architects and designers, shifting the boundaries of creative ability into new territory. We at GSW are honored to be able to work with those high efficient products and we look… View Article

ACOUSTIC WINDOW VENT SONOVENT RENSON BY GSW

ENJOY THE SOLUTIONS FOR FRESH AIR GSW CAN BRING YOU THROUGH RENSON FOR YOUR FUTURE PROJECTS The Trickle Vent brings you the Sonovent Acoustic Solution which was developed to meet the two aspects of living comfort:  Physical Comfort – fresh and healthy air without draught Acoustic Comfort – up to 56 dB noise reduction There… View Article

FIVE TIPS FOR GETTING TO NET ZERO HOMES

There are many obstacles to creating a net zero carbon building, so how can we overcome them? asks Jerry Tate Creating net zero carbon buildings is quickly moving from pipe-dream to reality. The climate emergency, new regulations and changing client attitudes will reshape the built environment, but achieving this standard is really hard and, as… View Article

ADVANTAGES OF HAVING SCHÜCO IN YOUR FUTURE USA PROJECTS

AT GERMAN SYSTEM WINDOWS WE CAN HELP YOU CHOOSE FROM A VARIETY OF SCHÜCO GERMANY DESIGN STYLES AND ENERGY EFFICIENT PRODUCTS TO MATCH YOUR PROJECT.    In the article below we took a home that describes how Schüco works and what they do to make their project look perfect. Enjoy!   UNUSUAL, YET HOMELY  A… View Article

ACOUSTICAL GLAZING / LET’S TWA HOTEL GUESTS SLEEP THROUGH AIRPORT NOISE

Imagine getting a full night’s sleep at an airport hotel, despite dozens of planes flying overhead in the early morning hours, or being able to hear dinner conversation easily while airplanes take off at regular intervals. That’s what the team behind the new TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York are… View Article

BEYOND TRIPLE GLAZING

    What is a triple glazed window? To some it may seem obvious, but there is more to a triple glazing that just the three panes of glass within the sealed frame. Between each pane is a pocket of air or inert gas, such as argon; argon is heavier than air and works as… View Article

FLEXIBLE AND DURABLE GASKETS / BLUEVOLUTION 82

Today we will be talking about the flexible and durable seals. There are many important components in a window. Every component must be high class, it must be designed to work with other components, and it must be designed properly within the system itself. Operative windows have gaskets, also known as seals, to seal the… View Article

THE HIGH FUNCTIONALITY OF KF 520

Internorm came out with the beautiful KF 520, a system that combines innovative design with technical know-how. The window sash is not visible from outside due to its glass appearance and can optically not be distinguished from fixed glazing. This sash also contains the revolutionary locking I-tec Secure which renders levering of the window impossible… View Article

HEAR WHAT HOMEOWNERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THEIR ZERO ENERGY READY HOMES

Palo Duro Homes built this 2,215 square-foot home in Sante Fe, New Mexico to the performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. The project won a 2015 DOE Housing Innovation Award. Photo courtesy Palo Duro Homes Are you ready for a home that lives, works, and lasts better?… View Article

GSW – GSWRAP / SIGA UNIQUE DISTRIBUTOR IN MICHIGAN

Here at GSW we are always excited to incorporate high quality products into our work, as we said before. We started working with SIGA in 2019, and have learned so much from their products and have seen the quality that they offer. We are honored to say we are the only SIGA distributors here in… View Article

GSW TEAM OPEN FOR A BETTER EDUCATION AND HEALTHIER LIFE

  One of the most important glass performance measures is U-value—also known as U-factor—which measures the insulating characteristics of the glass, or how much heat flow or heat loss occurs through the glass due to the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures.   U-values can tell you how well an insulated glass unit (IGU) will… View Article

ROTO // THE NEW FEATURES TO PATIO ALVERSA

    In today’s blog post we will be talking about Roto and the new features that have been integrated in the Patio Alversa sliding and tilt&turn hardware systems here at German System Windows. Roto has implemented a number of improvements and additional features on its Patio Alversa suite for Parallel Sliding and Tilt &… View Article

WHAT ARE NET-ZERO HOMES?

By definition, a ‘Net-Zero’ home is one that produces at least as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis. They’ve been around for less than 10 years, but the strategy behind the design and building sciences to create Net-Zero homes are taking North America by storm. In fact, the Ontario government has put… View Article

INSULATION TRULY MATTERS

ABSTRACT There are many opinions in industry with regard to appropriate material choices for sheathing membranes and exterior insulation of framed wall assemblies. Opinions vary on what is sensible for the vapour permance of materials outboard of the framing so that not only will wetting and drying will be in harmony, but other interests such… View Article

KEY TIPS FOR INSTALLING WINDOWS & DOORS

In this post, we’ll go over a few key tips for installing windows, sliding doors, and swing doors. Maybe you are updating your windows in your home to change the look or increase the energy efficiency, but whatever it is we hope this information will help you get an insight on the highlights of installation…. View Article

WE LIVE IN NORTH AMERICA SO WE LIKE BIG IDEAS

STUDIO XL      Internorm USA crafts luxurious windows and doors that are the statement pieces of custom residential architecture. Elevate homes into distinctive havens with Internorm’s seamless blend of authentic materials and obsessive engineering. Our spectrum of high energy performance products are build with precision to match the sophisticated visions of the most creative… View Article

WHO MAKES INTERNORM AND HOW IS IT MADE ?

As a supplier and installer of high performance windows, German System Windows chooses with attention their partners, that’s why it is an honor to be exclusive Internorm dealers in the United States. With an experience of over 85 years, Internorm gives products of high quality, a unique design, surprising us from year to year with… View Article

DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH INSULATION IN YOUR WINDOWS AREA?

Wondering if your energy bills could be lower this winter? It might be worth taking a look at the amount of heat escaping through your windows. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association reports that 90 percent of U.S. homes are under insulated and a simple inspection could save you money and keep the temperature more… View Article

GSW WINDOWS HELP YOU ACHIEVE THE PASSIVE HOUSE STANDARD FOR YOUR FUTURE PROJECT

Based on new research, roughly 90 percent of existing U.S. homes are under insulated, wasting energy, money and decreasing comfort for homeowners. This estimate is derived from information in the 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey, using methods to estimate insulation levels developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and applied by Boston University researchers as part of a… View Article

AIR POLLUTION DAMAGING EVERY ORGAN IN YOUR BODY

In today’s blog post we will go over how air pollution can be damaging every organ in your body. Many won’t understand how exactly than can happen but today we will be explaining every detail so you can be more aware of it.   Air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell… View Article

YOUR FUTURE HOME LIFESTYLE

  Interview with Mark Siddall Mark Siddall is an architect with a passion for designing low energy buildings. Recently he’s taken a look back at his last decade of projects and thought about the things that clients have asked for and what their cumulative thinking is. He’s used this as a starting point to come… View Article

MYTHS ABOUT PASSIVE HOUSE

This blog will be slightly different from any that we’ve wrote in the past. There are multiple misconceptions that PassiveHouse builders and designers will hear almost everyday, and today we decided to discuss what these are:   1. A Passive House Heats Itself – MYTH   This is not factually correct, because nothing heats itself…. View Article

BUILDING A HIGH PERFORMANCE HOME, IS NOT ALWAYS EXPENSIVE

      California’s Codes and Standards (CASE) team issued their review of PHCA’s low-rise multifamily Reach Code proposal last week and the results are remarkable. In today’s blog post we will give you a high level summary so here it is:   The CASE report confirms Passive House targets deliver performance well beyond that… View Article

INTERNORM FRAMELESS AND OVERSIZE/SPECIAL GLAZING

// High-performance, low-energy windows. Frameless glazing, oversize windows and sliding doors, structural glazing, glass corners   NO LIMITS   There are no limits to your architectural creativity with Internorm glazing solutions. Whether it’s uninterupted glazing, oversize panels and sliding doors, or glass corners, we have the solution.     SET YOUR IMAGINATION FREE   You can… View Article

SUN PROTECTION INCORPORATED IN INTERNORM WINDOWS

    We thought a lot about how many people actually know details about blinds and how they can help your home. In today’s blog post, we thought it would be a great idea to go into deep detail about all of the blinds that Internorm USA can provide your home. Sophisticated Sun Protection for… View Article

HOW CAN TECHNOLOGY AND OUR PRODUCTS MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER?

    As many of you are aware, technology is taking over our world and it’s doing it fast. It feels like it was just yesterday when we were still writing everything by hand in school, and we had our flip-phones in our pockets. And look at us now. We send our children to school… View Article

PRINCIPLES OF PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

Passive House is considered the most rigorous voluntary energy-based standard in the design and construction industry today. Consuming up to 90 percent less heating and cooling energy than conventional buildings, Fundamental to the energy efficiency of these building sare the following five principles: 1) Superinsulated Envelopes, 2) Airtight Construction, 3) High-performance Glazing, 4) Thermal-bridge-free Detailing… View Article

PROTECT YOUR HOME W/ GSW MULTI-POINT LOCKING SYSTEM

    Break-ins? Broken locks? Warping and gaps around your window and door? Not in your house. What is a multi-point locking system? Multi-point lock systems contain: multiple locking points along the length of the window and door system. Individually, these act as separate deadbolts when engaged; together, they make up a locking system that… View Article

WALLS OR WINDOWS?

  One of the most defining features of modern-style homes includes the extensive use of glass. With that glass, however, comes a long standing debate that pits walls against windows. Windows provide natural light, views and enhance the overall beauty of a home. Walls that are properly insulated are inherently more efficient. But trends and… View Article

HANDLES / THE USER INTERFACE OF YOUR EUROPEAN WINDOWS

  Customer’s first point of focus   When the end user operates the window, where is their attention focused first? On the handle. You could say that the handle is the user interface of your window. It is like the dashboard and controls of a car, or the operating system of a smartphone or tablet…. View Article

NOT ALL TEMPERED GLASS IS TEMPERED

What is the difference between heat-strengthened (HS) and fully tempered (FT) glass? How do I determine which is needed for my project?   Heat-strengthened (HS) glass has been subjected to a specifically controlled heating and cooling cycle, and is generally twice as strong as annealed glass of the same thickness and configuration. It has a… View Article

UNDERSTANDING THE STC & OITC RATINGS

  Not all windows are intelligent. An intelligent window can do more than you would think.   The acoustical performance of windows and doors is influenced not only by the glass but also by the framing members and construction of the window assembly. Sound transmission class (STC) and Outdoor/Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) are measured in… View Article

CHOOSE WHEN, WHERE AND WHAT TO BE HEARD

Noise is subjective. Everyone defines for themselves what level of noise they can tolerate. One thing everyone agrees on, noise is a harmful thing. Noise is everywhere, on the highway and on the street, in the shouting of children at school, and at parks, and even in everyday conversation sounds, that are heard in workplaces… View Article

WHAT IS WINDOW FLASHING?

This article originally appeared on SIGA’s blog: What is window flashing? What is it? Why does it matter? And where can you learn more? Like many things in our collective memory, windows aren’t as simple as they used to be, which means window flashing, too, has reached a whole new level of complicated. Case in… View Article

Safety and Security Laminated Glass / Protection against outside threats

There are a lot of dangers in the world right now. Crime, terrorism, vandalism, natural disasters, and everyday accidents that are concerns for owners and managers of public and commercial buildings. A complete, tiered security plan offering multiple layers of protection is the current best way to provide the highest level of protection. GSW Glass… View Article

COLOR & DECOR

ENDURING FASCINATION Not only is the huge variety of colors available for GSW's quality UPVC windows a decisive factor in the selection process, but also the consistent quality of their decorative surfaces. German System Windows offers various methods of surface finishing to keep your windows lastingly beautiful and easy to maintain. LAMINATION The window profile... View Article

WHAT CAN A EUROPEAN WINDOW DO?

    A window can do a lot more than you would think European windows open up rooms, create an atmosphere and at the same time form the transparent boundary of the living space. To achieve all this, not only must they work perfectly, they must also have as attractive of an appearance as possible. After… View Article

TECHNICAL DATASHEET

    1. What is acoustic laminated safety glass? Acoustic glass consists of a minimum of two sheets of glass bonded together by at least one inter layer, known as a PVB (Polyvinyl Butyral), providing protection against noise sources whilst maintaining the safety and security properties of standard laminated glass.   2. How does acoustic… View Article

THERMAL INSULATION GLAZING

High performance thermal insulated glazing enhances windows energy efficiency by significantly reducing heat loss Thermally insulating glass (also known as low-emissivity or low-E glass) usually forms the inner pane of an Insulating Glass Unit (IGU). The glass has a transparent metallic coating that reflects heat from radiators or fires back into the room, rather than… View Article

WHAT IS PASSIVE HOUSE?

  Passive House is a building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable and affordable at the same time.   Building for energy efficiency, comfort and affordability. Typical heating systems in Central Europe, where the Passive House Standard was first developed and applied, are centralized hot water heating systems consisting of radiators, pipes and central oil… View Article

EUROPEAN WINDOWS AND DOORS INSTALLATION

  A great window is only as good as the installation behind it.  We are conscious that the installation is a very big deal. No matter if the building is new or a replacement. Even the highest quality windows will under perform if they are incorrectly installed. In order to make sure that your windows… View Article

WHAT IS LAMINATED GLASS ?

How can I have a safe house, but still enjoy the sun and the day light ? The answer is at your fingertips: windows and doors equipped with laminated glass. What is laminated glass ? Laminated glass is a safety and security glass that is made by sandwiching a laminated sheet between two pieces of… View Article

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SPECIFY WHICH TYPE OF GLASS ?

  The most crucial part of a successful project is choosing the right architectural glass. To learn more about the decisions in the evaluation, specification and selection of architectural glass, GSW Glass ( partnered with Saint Gobain Glass ) recommends that each customer becomes familiar with the properties and benefits of the most common glass… View Article

A RANGE OF HIGH PERFORMANCE LOW-EMISSIVITY GLASS COATINGS

WHY IS CHOOSING THE CORRECT GLASS IMPORTANT? There are a lot factors to consider when choosing the correct glass and you should think about low solar heat gain,high solar heat gain ,U-value ,R -value ,safety and secure. SGG is Europe’s best selling range of high performance low-emissivity products, incorporating the very latest advancements in thermally… View Article

CENTER OF GLASS DEFLECTION

    This study examines the thermal performance impact of center-of-glass (COG) deflections in double- and triple-pane insulating glass units (IGUs) installed at several locations throughout the US. Deflection was measured during summer and winter temperatures; the results show that outdoor temperature variations can be represented a linear change in COG gap width in double-… View Article

WHY CHOOSE EUROPEAN TILT & TURN WINDOWS ?

Many of our customers have been asking if it is worth it buying tilt & turn windows. The answer is YES ! In today's blog post we will provide you with 10 reasons why you should choose Tilt & Turn Windows for your home, and also how they will benefit you.   10 Reasons to... View Article

FLASHING TIPS TO AVOID WINDOW LEAKS

PROPER INSTALLATION We will work with your project team to ensure the most cost – effective package possible ,and work with your general contractor to make sure the windows are installed flawlessly ,with the best flashing tape,to provide a lifetime of reliable service.     Windows are known to be one of the most susceptible… View Article

WHAT IS LOW-E GLASS ?

Glass is known to be one of the most popular and adaptable building materials used today, due in part to the constant improvement of the solar and thermal performance, One way this performance is achieved is through the use of passive and solar control low-e coatings. So, the question often asked is : What is… View Article