May 22, 2019 How to Improve Glass Window Efficiency
When planning, conceptualizing and building your commercial space, you will eventually need to decide on the nitty-gritty details of the components that make up your project. From the type of equipment you want to utilize and the quality of the materials to the component choices themselves, each of these decisions can make a significant difference to the space that you design.
One of the most common elements thought of when building or designing a commercial space is windows. More specifically, space and efficiency, as the ability to create comfort while saving energy are crucial for both your energy bill and the ambiance of the space. Windows create a vast difference when it comes to a commercial. Whether you are constructing/designing an office space or a factory warehouse, windows can aid in creating natural light which in turn, can help reduce a buildings energy consumptions whilst simultaneously allowing those within the building to coincide with outdoor elements, even on long days indoors. The two options when it comes to window efficiency specifically would be to either update pre-existing windows or to utilize energy saving glass that can provide energy efficiency. Pending on the project being constructed, it is common to use those products to create glass floors as well.
Keep reading to learn more about how you can improve your home through these processes:
Upgrade Pre-Existing Windows
If you are already an owner of a building, chances are you want to look at all of your options before opting for a full window replacement, especially if your windows are already in good condition. There are several things that you can do that will improve the efficiency of your existing windows without major cost requirements:
– Inspect your windows for air leaks: confirm if there are any gaps leaking air in and out of the building
– If there are leaks, try to caulk or weatherstrip;
Caulking is utilizing a flexible material to glue and seal air leaks effectively. It is a glue-like comparison that appears white and dries into a clear color. This would be the best option for windows that are not operable/constantly being opened.
Weatherstrip serves the same purpose as caulking but this is tailored towards windows that are operable and requires a bit more research. It ranges from foam and felt to metal options, and it depends on factors such as the shape of the space alongside the type of window you have.
– Add window treatments and coverings to your existing windows: this can encompass awnings, exterior blinds, etc. Pending on the location of your window and what the purpose is, these may be options to improve the quality of your window.
– Add storm windows: these are great options to add because they help to manage and reduce the air movement into and out of existing windows, which improves comfort overall
After these improvements are made, check your windows again to ensure that you completed it properly and the air leaks from before are fixed. If the issue still persists, you may consider looking at a replacement for energy efficient windows.
Replacing your Windows
If you are designing a new building, this will be more choosing your windows than replacing, but you still have to make several decisions about what you purchase. When deciding what to purchase for a new project, many fixate on price, efficiency, and longevity. Ergo, a plethora of designers, architects, and planners opt for energy saving glass as it aids in reducing energy consumption throughout a building of any size.
Commonly used glass includes DLS Evolution and GlassX. These glass types are insulated and incorporate phase change material (PCM) which stores heat energy from the exterior temperatures, allowing you to reduce the output of both heating and cooling systems, pending on the type of year. PCM helps to balance out temperatures and makes a large contribution to LEED, Net-Zero, and other GREEN building initiatives, making it a great choice for those looking to contribute to the environment. From a consumer standpoint, these glass systems can help you save on your energy bills over time and contribute to the CSR line of saving energy.
This technology in these glass types can be incorporated easily into the model design and will assist thermal loss standards, alongside any buildings that need a sustainable upgrade.
In office buildings specifically, natural sunlight will drastically change the setting of the workspace, which is why big windows are often used to create this type of ambiance. Understanding that these energy saving glasses can do the job and contribute to the global, ecological, and economic thinking of a company adds to the corporate sustainable initiatives. Having these integrated into your spaces will mean less testing to make sure there are not any air leaks or damages to your windows, along with a sense of comfort and stable temperature.
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