Windows: From the Weak Link in the Building Envelope to the Linchpin

WHEN THE MAIN CONCERN IS ENERGY EFFICIENCY, FOCUSING ON THE COST-EFFECTIVE IMPROVEMENT TO A HOME’S WINDOWS IS THE ULTIMATE INVESTMENT.

– by Manny Hondroulis

Windows are an architectural necessity for any home or office, as people require daylight for multiple reasons. We want to know and see what is outside, whether the view is of the Rocky Mountains or of a crowded street in New York City. Daylight has multiple health benefits too, including increased productivity and mental stimulation. But the windows that afford us sunlight also come with drawbacks. They are typically the most inefficient part of the building envelope, allowing in the sun’s heat inside during the summer and allowing the escape of manmade heat to the outside in the winter. According to the Department of Energy’s website, the average household spends almost half of its annual energy budget on heating and cooling. …

3M Company, makers of Post-it® Notes and Scotch® Tape, holds the original window film patent dating back to 1966. The Minnesota manufacturer recently introduced its new Thinsulate™ Climate Control Window Film which is almost the equivalent of adding an extra pane of glass at a fraction of the cost of window replacement and without changing the appearance of the window. …

Above is excerpted from an article in GREEN HOME BUILDER MAGAZINE.

Read article in its entirety and more about 3M™ Thinsulate™ Climate Control Window Film – at https://greenhomebuildermag.com/windows-weak-link-building-envelope-linchpin and http://americanwindowfilm.com/insulating-window-film

GREEN HOME BUILDER MAGAZINE, “Windows: From the Weak Link in the Building Envelope to the Linchpin”, Manny Hondroulis, Vol. 11, Nov/Dec 2016, pg 46, online at https://greenhomebuildermag.com/windows-weak-link-building-envelope-linchpin/

Manny Hondroulis is a Vice President for Energy Products Distribution, a master distributor of 3M Window Film products, and works with end-users to make an informed decision about whether or not window film is an appropriate solution for a given building envelope. He may be reached at www.epdwindowfilm.com.

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