Center for Education and Raising Awareness of Energy Efficiency â€“ Energis in collaboration with one of the most significant windows and doors manufacturers in the country and the region FTM doo Novi Travnik presents the Guidline to windows, with goal to educate visitors of portal Energis.ba and help them make educated decisions when installing and
Center for Education and Raising Awareness of Energy Efficiency â€“ Energis in collaboration with one of the most significant windows and doors manufacturers in the country and the region FTM doo Novi Travnik presents the Guidline to windows, with goal to educate visitors of portal Energis.ba and help them make educated decisions when installing and retrofitting the windows.
It has often been said that windows are the eyes of the
home, allowing the occupants the opportunity to observe what is happening
outside. But window functions don’t just end there. We rely on windows for
natural lighting, ventilation, as emergency exits, and as an integral component
of the architectural style of the home.
In calling on windows to perform these many functions, we
still expect our windows to be inexpensive, easy to operate and maintain,
durable and attractive â€“ and energy-efficient. Improving energy efficiency
reduces greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Because they are
called upon to perform so many functions, it may be difficult for windows to do
all of them equally well.
For example, a large north-facing picture window may give
you a breathtaking view of the countryside. But if the window is not very
energy-efficient, the heat loss from it may be quite high; indeed, it may be
very uncomfortable to sit beside this window on a cold winter day.
Fortunately, technical breakthroughs have improved window
technology immensely, ushering in the era of high-performance windows. If your
windows are over 15 years old, it may be time to think about replacing them.
In recent years, trend shows that people have spent more on
renovations than on new construction, with windows representing one of the
largest single investments in a typical renovation. And, when it comes time for
major renovations around the home, an increasing number of people in EU and in
region are paying as much attention to energy efficiency and economics as they
are to architecture and aesthetics.
Remember, a typical window will last up to twenty years or
more. Therefore, the decisions consumers make in the selection of windows and
doors â€“ either for a renovation or a new home â€“ can help define energy
efficiency and comfort levels in the home for years to come.
High-performance windows and doors â€“ the subject of this
guide â€“ offer significant improvements in solar control, thermal comfort and
energy efficiency. They do this by incorporating low-E coatings, inert gas
fills, and better edge spacers and frames. This guide explains how these
advances in window and door technology work, and will help you make informed
decisions about purchasing windows and doors â€“ whether you are replacing units
in an existing home or designing a new home.
Section 2 shows you how to assess your current situation and
what to look for in windows and doors. Section 3 walks you through a primer of
window and door types and terms. Section 4 discusses how windows perform as
part of the house, while Section 5 explains the causes of condensation on
windows and how to reduce or prevent it.
Section 6 introduces you to the various window rating
systems currently in place, with special emphasis on the ER (Energy Rating)
system. Section 7 describes the advances and innovations in window components currently
coming on the market in the form of high-performance windows.
Section 8 translates all the technical terms and performance
characteristics into the bottom line for you, the consumer. It helps you
appreciate the benefits of high-performance windows, in addition to
understanding the technology.
Section 9 describes what to look for in doors, patio doors
and skylights. Section 10 shows you how to develop a checklist before you shop
and how to choose a supplier. It also shows you how to make informed decisions
about what to buy, based on the ER number, cost and appearance.
Section 11 makes sure that you understand the importance of
warranties, choosing a contractor and proper installation. And, finally,
Section 12 provides you with directions on where you can obtain further information.