Selecting the Ideal Windows for a High Performance Home in a Cold Climate

Apr 12, 2010

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building America (BA) Program research for developing and implementing zero energy homes on a widespread basis, IBACOS has undertaken the task of identifying windows with appropriate performance characteristics for this level of energy efficient construction. While there are a growing number of window options available that meets either the energy savings or the pricing needs for this type of construction, finding a window with a combination of the right thermal properties and the right price is more difficult. This research focused on the process of identifying the best performing windows in a cold climate zone with specific consideration to their constructability, cost, and thermal performance. This paper reports on the favorite windows that emerged from the research and why they were chosen.

Ari S. Rapport (IBACOS)
Presented at: 
Building Enclosure Science & Technology (BEST2) Conference
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Building Enclosure Technology & Environment Council (National Institute of Building Sciences)

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