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The topic of climate change is uppermost in many people’s minds and is in the news on a regular basis. A growing number of people and many scientists worldwide believe that the earth is warming due to human generation of “greenhouse” gases. This belief may not be scientifically conclusive, but the potential consequences of climate change are projected to be so severe that the argument in favor of limiting “greenhouse” gas emissions is compelling.
Yet few are aware of how much energy-efficient windows and doors can do to help. They can significantly reduce energy consumption in both hot and cold climates.
The most significant milestones in new glass technologies is its dual ability to transmit light and mitigate the effects of solar heat gain. Few building materials balance these competing functions so deftly, and, thanks to on-going advances from glass formulation, engineering and design, there is tangible promise for even more eco-effective glasses in the future.
Glass in particular can not only earn LEED points and reduce a building’s environmental footprint, but also produce significant energy and cost savings while providing a more comfortable and productive environment. And while it’s highly functional, glass also offers unparalleled design capabilities.
Here’s how Spartan can cut costs, reduce energy use, and enhance design in your green building.
Spartan Custom Windows
Using SIP panels, Spartan can design the window cut outs at the factory. Spartan then works with our customers to choose the glass technologies that suit their building requirements.
After choosing from Low E Glass, Poly-Carbonate Glass (Plexi-Glass) for Kids playing areas, and traditional opening Windows like Pella, Anderson, and Marvin – Spartan can deliver pre-cut glass solutions, from whole sale glass factories, to the job site saving our customers money in one of the most costly items in the building process.
Good Home Designs are adopting daylighting to more evenly distribute sunlight throughout rooms. From an environmental standpoint, daylighting reduces energy use by limiting the need for artificial lighting, providing advantages for both the environment and budgets.
Heating and Shading
Daylighting has undisputed environmental benefits, but shading too offers unique design and environmental advantages. Specialty glasses can filter light to reduce heat transfer from outdoors into buildings. This glass keeps buildings cool during the day while retaining heat at night, ultimately reducing the amount of energy needed to regulate temperatures. Some insulated glasses are manufactured to block sunlight transmission at angles greater than 30 degrees, reducing solar heat gain and, in turn, cooling the interiors of buildings.
Good builders recognize that proper flashing details are critical to keeping water from leaking in around window and door openings and potentially causing expensive and frustrating damage. At Spartan, we are concerned with the quality of your home even after your SIP panels are purchased and installed. We understand that all siding, no matter how well installed, will allow some water to get behind it. Therefore, we offer flashing methods to stop water at that point. When applying insulation and flashing, try to think like water; overlap paper and flashing so that water will always have a way to run down without getting behind any of your materials.