There are many advantages to utilizing natural daylight, but there also can be some drawbacks without planning ahead. For example, more glass surface area can lead to increased glare, as well as heating and cooling needs. In addition, ultraviolet rays from sunlight can fade flooring, artwork and furniture. Luckily, high-performance windows with low-e glass and a dynamic component—such as self-tinting Suntuitive glass—can optimize daylight by reducing unwanted glare and ultraviolet light, while also limiting solar heat gain in summer months and preventing heat loss in winter months.
As natural daylight fills spaces, we rely less on artificial lighting. Still, in the evenings and at night, electric lighting is the only source of illumination. However, newer light bulb technologies—such as LED or compact fluorescent—are better options than the incandescent bulbs of the past. Also, there are now switches that can automatically turn lights on or off as people enter or exit a room.
The key is finding the correct balance of natural light, supplemented with artificial light as needed.
To discuss how Suntuitive Glass can help balance your daylighting strategy, visit www.Suntuitive.com or call 616.662.7216.
The California Energy Commission’s Title 24 Building Standards, known simply as Title 24, have saved Californians more than $74 billion in reduced electricity bills since 1977. Even as the state’s population rapidly grew, these energy-saving standards have successfully helped keep California’s per capita electricity use flat over the last 40 years, while the rest of the country’s use increased.
Recently, the Title 24 standards were updated to include stricter glass performance requirements for homes and buildings—reducing U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) minimums, and increasing visible light transmittance (VLT) requirements.
To meet these new performance requirements, the California Energy Commission suggests using dynamic glazing—and specifically, thermochromic glazing technology like Suntuitive glass. Self-tinting Suntuitive glass not only exceeds the new Title 24 standards, but also optimizes interior daylighting and comfort in homes and buildings. Take a look at how Suntuitive glass compares to the Title 24 standards:
California’s Title 24 standards are raising the bar for existing energy codes throughout the country and are being adopted by other states. At the same time, Title 24 is increasing the demand for dynamic glazing solutions, such as Suntuitive glass, to fulfill these ever-evolving requirements.
For more information on how Suntuitive glass can meet strict energy-efficiency standards, visit our website or call 616-662-7216.
If you’re in the market for new or replacement windows, chances are you’re looking at different frame materials and trying to decide which is best for your home and budget. Not only does the frame affect the look and cost of the window, but the material also contributes to its overall durability and energy efficiency.
While vinyl, wood, fiberglass, wood/plastic composite, and aluminum are all common frame materials, each has its advantages and disadvantages. Below are some pros and cons to help you make an informed decision.
Aluminum or Metal Frames
The good news is that no matter the type of framing you prefer, Suntuitive glass can be used in any of them! Questions? Let us know in the comments.
We all know that turning off the lights, not blasting the heat or A/C, and lowering the temperature on your water heater can help save on utility bills, but are you aware of the other energy “hogs” in your home? Your appliances, windows, and small electronic devices could be costing you big money.
What cost-cutting measures have you instituted in your home? Let us know in the comments!
Windows are your connection to the outdoors and protection from its elements. While environmental conditions can be unpredictable, you should not have to compromise between comfort and view.
If it’s time for new windows, how do you choose between all the different options? Here are three reasons why you should consider dynamic windows featuring Suntuitive glass for your home.
Use them anywhere
Suntuitive glass can be used in windows of any shape or size—including picture, bay, casement, double-hung, skylight, patio doors, etc.—and in most frames, including vinyl, wood, aluminum, and fiberglass. What’s more, there are no wires or controls to worry about. Suntuitive glass naturally tints throughout the day, providing worry-free comfort and views.
Save money on energy
Suntuitive glass works with low-e glass in insulating units to help save money on energy costs, effectively paying for themselves overtime. The self-tinting windows will block out the sun’s intense heat on sunny days and prevent furnace heat from escaping on cold days, so there’s no need to constantly adjust your furnace, A/C, blinds, and drapes.
Protect your family and furnishings
Suntuitive glass helps improve your home’s security. Because the self-tinting technology is incorporated into laminated glass, it holds glass fragments together in scenarios where it would normally shatter, such as forced entry or an impact from a stray baseball. Also, while natural daylight can brighten up a space, sunlight contains damaging ultraviolet rays that are responsible for fading furniture, paintings, and carpet. But, with Suntuitive glass, these harmful rays are blocked out, preserving your furnishings.
Whether you are looking for new or replacement windows, Suntuitive glass will preserve the view you want from your windows, while providing the comfort you deserve in your home—without compromise. For more information, read our brochure or leave a comment.
Glass makes for great outdoor views, whether it is falling snow or summer fun. Unfortunately, windows made with old, inefficient glass can make you pay for those views, allowing up to 30 percent of the furnace heat or air-conditioning you pay for to escape from your home. That is literally like throwing money out the window!
Given the recent streak of cold weather across the country, now is a good time to examine why it pays to invest in windows made with today’s sophisticated and energy-efficient, low-e glass.
By itself, a single pane of glass is not very energy efficient. Luckily, most windows these days are built as insulating units consisting of two or even three panes of glass, separated by spacers and gas-filled cavities. Together, these components provide a robust barrier between the indoors and outdoors, which makes it easier and significantly less expensive to maintain conditioned indoor environments.
Low-e glass is part of that equation, too. These products feature a metallic coating that is applied to a glass surface inside the insulating unit. The coating reflects unwanted solar heat from your home in the summer months, and traps furnace heat inside it in the winter.
In cold climates, like ours in Michigan, low-e coatings work best when applied to the inner surface of the inside pane of the insulated unit (surface 3 in the image). In a warm climate, such as Texas or Florida, the low-e coating is usually applied to the inner surface of the outside pane (surface 2).
Want to learn more? We’re here to help! Leave a comment or give us a call at 616.662.7216.
One of the questions that we often get asked is how the Suntuitive interlayer is incorporated into windows. Our response is it gets laminated to glass that is then fabricated into an insulating glass unit (IGU). From there, the IGU is installed just like any conventional window system. This leads to the next question: “What is laminated glass?”
Laminated glass is a lot more common than we realize. In fact, most of us sit behind it every day as it is what’s used for car windshields.
Laminated glass is a type of safety glass made by applying heat and pressure to two or more layers of heat-strengthened or tempered glass, which are separated by an interlayer—typically polyvinyl butyral (PVB). The interlayer works to hold the glass fragments together if hit with an impact that would normally shatter it, such as wind storms, bomb blasts, bullets, and forced entry.
In a home or office window application, laminated glass can incorporate high-performance and dynamic glass products to also offer significant energy savings, reduced outside noise, and less carpet-fading ultra-violet light.
PVB is the base of the Suntuitive interlayer. By incorporating our technology into this tried-and-true product, we were able to maintain all of the benefits of the safety interlayer and make it extraordinary for window applications.
Questions? Leave them in the comment section.
Windows are your view to the outside world, and are an integral part of your home or office’s design and efficiency. So, it’s important that they are working the best that they can for you. Unfortunately, older windows are notoriously inefficient and do not have the low-e coatings, gas-filled cavities, or dynamic components that can be found on the market today.
If you’re starting to doubt the performance of your windows, ask yourself some questions. Is your home or office hot in the summer and cold in the winter? Is it difficult to maintain a consistent indoor temperature? Do you feel a draft, or hear howling when it’s windy outside? Are your windows painted shut? Are they single-pane?
If you answered yes to any of these, then it may be time to upgrade. Not only can new windows resolve these issues, but they also provide you with a multitude of other benefits. For example, new windows:
Are you looking for new windows, or do you have some questions? Let us know. We’d like to help you put the view back into your windows!
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