Is your home comfortable when outside temperatures reach -20°C? Or do
you move away from the windows and doors to avoid a chilly draft or
throw on another sweater?
MONTREAL, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - If your window and patio door
frames are made of PVC / vinyl, then you have made a wise choice that
can reduce your heating bills substantially. According to Natural
Resources Canada, homeowners who replace their old windows and doors
with ENERGY STAR® qualified products can save 7% on their energy bills
and buyers of new homes with ENERGY STAR® products can save up to 12%.
Hydro-Québec says windows and patio doors bearing the ENERGY STAR®
symbol are 20 to 40% more efficient than other systems. With
PVC / vinyl doors and windows, your family can lounge comfortably,
since vinyl does an excellent job of blocking heat transfer, making
homes highly energy efficient.
PVC window frames and sash corners are fusion-welded not only for
strength, but also for protection against air and water infiltration.
During the winter, warm air stays inside where it belongs, and cool air
stays inside during the summer. Energy is conserved when the furnace
and air conditioner don't have to work as hard to maintain the desired
temperature and that saves you money. PVC frames are also comfortable
to the touch and resistant to condensation.
"When building or renovating your home, making the right choice of
windows and doors will have a long-term effect on the energy efficiency
of your home, avoiding costly replacement projects in future," says
Montreal designer Piero Facchin. "It's a better return on investment to
initially install PVC windows and doors that promise a long and
reliable service life, particularly in delivering energy savings."
ENERGY STAR® certified products like PVC windows / doors are guaranteed
to be energy efficient, saving on heating and cooling costs which
result in a reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with
energy generation and usage. PVC window and door systems help
architects to achieve points in green building rating systems like LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Green Globes.
Vinyl is even more energy efficient than other systems, not only when it
is being manufactured but also during use, an environmentally
sustainable combination. Vinyl is the most widely used plastic for
building and construction due to its strength, resistance to moisture,
abrasion, rot and corrosion. Vinyl products never need painting and can
be cleaned with mild cleaners. Vinyl products can remain in use for
many decades and then be recycled, keeping them out of landfills where
many building products end up.
Piero Facchin has 30 years of experience in architecture and design. He
has a bachelor's degree from Montreal's UQAM school of design; a
master's degree in architecture from Université de Montréal. He has
also studied at McGill University, Harvard Graduate School of Design
and Schools of Architecture in Italy. He runs his own architecture and
design consultancy firm, STUDIOPROFIL in Montreal, Québec.
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association is the national voice of
Canada's plastics industry, representing the interests of processors,
material suppliers, equipment manufacturers, recyclers and brand owners
across the country.
Pictures credits: Piero Facchin, M.Arch. Project by: Studioprofil
Architecture Design (designed by Piero Facchin)
Image with caption: "PVC - vinyl windows and doors ENERGY STAR(R) certified - Photo 1 (CNW Group/CANADIAN PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C7895_PHOTO_EN_10487.jpg
Image with caption: "PVC - vinyl windows and doors ENERGY STAR(R) certified - Photo 2 (CNW Group/CANADIAN PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C7895_PHOTO_EN_10489.jpg
SOURCE CANADIAN PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
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