and Glass Industry is Well-Represented at Solar Decathalon
The Solar Decathalon, a biennial event that joins 20 college and
university teams in a competition to design, build and operate the
most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house, ended
last week in Washington, D.C. Window manufacturers and glass suppliers
supplied products for these homes, and some placed very well in
this Department of Energy-sponsored event.
Windows were supplied by Canadian manufacturers Fibertec and Loewen,
while U.S.- based companies, including Inline Fiberglass, Milgard,
Pella and Jeld-Wen all supplied products for these homes.
Glass suppliers were represented as well by companies including
PPG, Innovative Glass and SageGlass. Other companies such as Velux
Skylights and hardware companies including Truth Hardware and Hafele
also were involved. (CLICK
HERE for information on all of the products used.)
The team from Santa Clara University took third place in the event,
and their project included windows from Milgard: the 5320 Series
Picture Windows, the 5421 Awning Window and the 5221 Casement Window.
Jamb hinges on the latter allow the window to open outward for maximum
ventilation and possible egress, according to the company.
Santa Clara's project also included EGlass from Innovative Glass
Corp., which the company says eliminates the requirement for mechanical
shades, blinds and other window coverings, and opens up many design
possibilities, particularly for odd shaped, hard-to-reach windows
The sixth place team (out of 20 total) was Georgia Institute of
Technology. This home featured Solarban 70XL Glass by PPG Industries,
and the windows were fabricated by OldCastle Glass. The glass was
chosen to brighten the home while limiting the solar heat gain,
according to PPG. Because of its transparent, proprietary coating,
Solarban 70XL glass transmits 64 percent of the sun's natural light
while blocking more than 70 percent of its heat energy. Solarban
glass also was used in the home created by Carnegie Mellon University,
which finished number-14 in the standings.
Georgia Tech’s energy-efficient house also features Kawneer’s 190
Standard Entrances, Trifab® VersaGlaze® 451 framing, Storefront
GLASSvent™ windows and 1600 SS™ (Screw Spline) curtainwall.
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