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 theÂ home, allowing the occupants the opportunity to observe what is happeningÂ outside. But window functions don’t just end there. We rely on windows forÂ natural lighting, ventilation, as emergency exits, and as an integral componentÂ of the architectural style of the home.
In calling on windows to perform these many functions, weÂ still expect our windows to be inexpensive, easy to operate and maintain,Â durable and attractive â€“ and energy-efficient. Improving energy efficiencyÂ reduces greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Because they areÂ called upon to perform so many functions, it may be difficult for windows to doÂ all of them equally well.
For example, a large north-facing picture window may giveÂ you a breathtaking view of the countryside. But if the window is not veryÂ energy-efficient, the heat loss from it may be quite high; indeed, it may beÂ very uncomfortable to sit beside this window on a cold winter day.
Fortunately, technical breakthroughs have improved windowÂ technology immensely, ushering in the era of high-performance windows. If yourÂ 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 onÂ renovations than on new construction, with windows representing one of theÂ largest single investments in a typical renovation. And, when it comes time forÂ major renovations around the home, an increasing number of people in EU and inÂ region are paying as much attention to energy efficiency and economics as theyÂ are to architecture and aesthetics.
Remember, a typical window will last up to twenty years orÂ more. Therefore, the decisions consumers make in the selection of windows andÂ doors â€“ either for a renovation or a new home â€“ can help define energyÂ efficiency and comfort levels in the home for years to come.
High-performance windows and doors â€“ the subject of thisÂ guide â€“ offer significant improvements in solar control, thermal comfort andÂ energy efficiency. They do this by incorporating low-E coatings, inert gasÂ fills, and better edge spacers and frames. This guide explains how theseÂ advances in window and door technology work, and will help you make informedÂ decisions about purchasing windows and doors â€“ whether you are replacing unitsÂ in an existing home or designing a new home.
Section 2 shows you how to assess your current situation andÂ what to look for in windows and doors. Section 3 walks you through a primer ofÂ window and door types and terms. Section 4 discusses how windows perform asÂ part of the house, while Section 5 explains the causes of condensation onÂ windows and how to reduce or prevent it.
Section 6 introduces you to the various window ratingÂ systems currently in place, with special emphasis on the ER (Energy Rating)Â system. Section 7 describes the advances and innovations in window components currentlyÂ coming on the market in the form of high-performance windows.
Section 8 translates all the technical terms and performanceÂ characteristics into the bottom line for you, the consumer. It helps youÂ appreciate the benefits of high-performance windows, in addition toÂ understanding the technology.
Section 9 describes what to look for in doors, patio doorsÂ and skylights. Section 10 shows you how to develop a checklist before you shopÂ and how to choose a supplier. It also shows you how to make informed decisionsÂ about what to buy, based on the ER number, cost and appearance.
Section 11 makes sure that you understand the importance ofÂ warranties, choosing a contractor and proper installation. And, finally,