SUSTAINABLY BUILT & ECO-FRIENDLY FENESTRATION

With ever-increasing demands for “built-green” architectural products, Veranda View and its European partners are years ahead of the conservation and sustainability curve and are well in tune to the needs of our clients. Our partners aim to provide the best in aesthetics and function. The end result is a safe secure and energy efficient building envelope ready to take on the elements. Veranda View’s window and door systems are tailor-made of wood, aluminum and steel, all natural resources that will last a lifetime with proper care and treatment.

Veranda View’s fenestration partners are safeguarding our forests by:

    • Managing timber logging practices
    • Certifying that no illegal timber is taken
    • Harvesting is a carefully regulated operation that can be traced and audited

These practices ensure that timber used in a Veranda View product meets or exceeds the requirements of organizations like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). 

QUALITY & PERFORMANCE

From water-based sealants and stains to natural rubber, Veranda View is proud to represent this history with world-class products incorporating all of the components a Green architect or builder would expect, and should demand in a 21st century product.

ENERGY EFFICIENT

Wood is nature’s best insulator. Its natural properties are hygienic, and it captures CO2 from the air and aiding in the purification of our environment. Wood is a renewable resource when harvested responsibly. Our glazings and finishes promote energy conservation by preventing unwanted heating or cooling loss. The finishes are water-based, non-toxic and the overall product performance ratings are among the highest in the industry.

Steel is a sustainable material that provides superior durability, low maintenance, and is long lasting. Alone steel is not known for its low heat transfer, but through the combination of a thermal break, weatherstripping, and coated insulating glass, a steel window or door’s conductivity is reduced transforming it into an energy efficient fenestration product.

A corner sample of a triple pane all wood window.
A corner sample of a white aluminum triple pane window.

Aluminum’s energy saving performance is increased by adding a thermal break which is achieved by inserting an insulating material in the center section between the interior and exterior aluminum profiles interrupting heat transfer. A thermal break combined with a low emission glazing resolves condensation issues in an aluminum window.

The glass selected for a window or door plays a critical role in making it energy efficient. We recommend our clients choose double or triple pane as it creates a better barrier between interior and exterior temperatures than single pane glass. Additionally, adding argon gas in between the panes of glass enhances the window’s energy performance.

THERMALLY BROKEN

Proper thermal insulation of a home is crucial in eliminating energy loss as well as ensuring the indoor climate is as comfortable as possible in all seasons. Eliminating or reducing a window frame’s thermal break is critical in improving a home’s insulation. This process is achieved by inserting a material with low thermal conductivity into the central section of the window separating the internal and external frames eliminating the thermal transfer. The variety of materials used to create a thermal break affect the transfer performance as well as determine the energy class. Higher performing windows achieve insulation by using polyamide material whereas lower performing windows us a polystyrene material. Veranda View’s partnerships allow us to offer custom thermally broken steel, aluminum, and wood fenestration products.

Cross Sections of Triple and Double Pane Thermally Broken Steel Windows

 TESTING & CERTIFICATIONS

 
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Passive House Institute Certificate – is a one of a kind certification for products that meet the requirements of passive buildings. Windows certified by this institute must achieve the thermal transmittance factor Uw = 0,8 or less for the whole window and at the same time the solar heat gain coefficient for the glass g = 50% or more. 

The Passive House requires high quality components: Superinsulating window frames, highly efficient ventilation units, thermal-bridge-free connection details, glazing which enables solar gains….The designer cannot easily assess the energy efficiency of components and the values to be set: Specific values available from standards are often unrealistic or not accurate enough; based only on the manufacturer’s information, reliable project planning is often not possible.  

An infographic showing the 5 basic principles of a passive house.

The Passive House Institute as an independent authority tests and certifies products in relation to their suitability for application in Passive Houses. Products which receive the “Passive House Suitable Component” certificate are tested according to uniform criteria, comparable with regard to their specific values and of excellent energy-relevant quality. Their application makes the designer’s task much easier and contributes to the proper functioning of the Passive House.