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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?

  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 point – there are 4 different flashing standards prescribed by the American… 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