It’s no secret that properly lit rooms and offices have desirable effects on our overall well-being, productivity, and mood. While utilizing natural daylight and relying on artificial light are the main ways to illuminate a space, daylighting is an increasingly popular method for adding light to the rooms where we spend our time.
The California Energy Commission’s Title 24 Building Standards, known simply as Title 24, have saved Californians more than $74 billion in reduced electricity bills since 1977. Even as the state’s population rapidly grew, these energy-saving standards have successfully helped keep California’s per capita electricity use flat over the last 40 years, while the rest of the country’s use increased
If you’re in the market for new or replacement windows, chances are you’re looking at different frame materials and trying to decide which is best for your home and budget. Not only does the frame affect the look and cost of the window, but the material also contributes to its overall durability and energy efficiency.
Glass makes for great outdoor views, whether it is falling snow or summer fun. Unfortunately, windows made with old, inefficient glass can make you pay for those views, allowing up to 30 percent of the furnace heat or air-conditioning you pay for to escape from your home. That is literally like throwing money out the window!
One of the questions that we often get asked is how the Suntuitive interlayer is incorporated into windows. Our response is it gets laminated to glass that is then fabricated into an insulating glass unit (IGU). From there, the IGU is installed just like any conventional window system. This leads to the next question: “What is laminated glass?”
Windows are your view to the outside world, and are an integral part of your home or office’s design and efficiency. So, it’s important that they are working the best that they can for you. Unfortunately, older windows are notoriously inefficient and do not have the low-e coatings, gas-filled cavities, or dynamic components that can be found on the market today.