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The Yeti is in the Details: Window Spacers

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Did you know windows get grades, just like in school?

In Passive House, windows are assigned grades to assess the type of performance that window can provide and in what climates they can meet PH standards.

What goes into grading a window? For starters, it’s all about the frame! If the frame is underperforming, adding more glass panes won’t help as much. Frames are assessed and graded on:

☀️ Thermal performance - In PH windows, the frames are generally thermally worse than the glass. There are exceptions. In short, you want the best frames you can afford.
☀️ Glass edge thermal bridging - The point where the glass meets the frame is where the spacers are. This is often the weakest point in the thermal envelope, so the materials used here are crucial to the building`s overall performance.
☀️ Air leakage - The seals in windows are critical. PH windows have as many as 4 seals and some PH experts would argue that one is all that is needed. Regardless, the level of the air tightness is super important.

These factors are combined with others to give windows PH grades from phA to phC. Windows are the weak link in the envelope and the performance significantly impacts the ability to meet PH standards overall.

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Our monthly newsletter was sent last week—if you haven`t spotted an email from Todd Collins in your inbox, you`re passing up on valuable information! Follow the link in bio and join in to gain Passive House and high-performance building insights.

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These announcements signal new changes for the company as it moves to grow and scale!

@AlpenHPP anticipates the creation of over a hundred new jobs as a result of this funding, providing enhanced opportunities for Alpen`s diverse workforce. Alpen also announced the opening of a new facility in Vandergrift, PA, to better serve the eastern half of the United States and allow for increased capacity. Alpen aims to continue leading the way in comfort, efficiency, and environmental sustainability.

Read more about the DOE Grant, Andrew Zech, and what this all means for Alpen moving forward >> link in bio!

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