Super Energy Efficient Glass is the Way to be Sustainable
Triple-Pane vs. Suspended Film
The transition from single-pane glass to dual-pane (with a single-cavity) provided an improvement in thermal performance. The introduction of multi-chamber glass packages – created by two or three suspended, wavelength-selective thin film technology – allow for significantly improved energy savings performance, superior durability and longevity, and installation advantages over triple-pane glazing solutions, depending on location, building type, and other factors.
Extra Weight of Triple-Pane Glass Compromises Functionality, Durability and Ease-of-Installation
Triple-pane glass units can be significantly heavier than standard insulating glass. The heavier glass requires stronger framing systems which can increase the overall cost of any building project. The extra weight can also impose strict size constraints, and may affect how much glass is used in the design of a building – impacting the overall aesthetics of a structure. General functionality of triple-pane windows is also affected by their weight. Additional stress is placed on all operable mechanisms in the window and the window hardware, wearing them out quicker.
Things to Keep in Mind About Triple-Pane Glazing
There are potential higher project costs (more labor, sturdier frames, stronger building design) and there is more weight (heavier) than standard insulating glass.
Empire State Building Undergoes Major Sustainability Window Upgrade
Window-Fix Offers Energy-Efficient Windows
The Empire State Building, one of the world’s most famous buildings, has undergone a major sustainability retrofit to become a leading example of economic and environmental revitalization.
Built during the Great Depression, this American icon, once designed to be the world’s tallest building, has become one of the most energy efficient commercial buildings in the United States. The skyscraper is more energy efficient than 90% of all office buildings, using half the energy per square foot of an average building.
A sustainability team of experts joined forces to retrofit the Empire State Building using an innovative design process and state-of-the-art tools with one key goal in mind: to determine the most cost-effective measures that produce the most impactful energy-saving results. This ground-breaking process serves as a model for other owners of existing multi-tenanted office buildings around the world.
The integrated energy efficiency upgrades are targeted to:
- Reduce energy use by 38%
- Save $4.4 million per year in energy costs
- Save 105,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 15 years, equivalent to the annual emissions of 17,500 cars. (Source: SolveClimate.com)
- Pay for themselves in 3 years
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