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Simonton Windows Selected for DOE Cool Energy House Project in Florida


Feeling the heat of the last days of summer? If you lived in the Cool Energy House in Florida you’d be cool and comfortable. That’s because a variety of energy-efficient Simonton windows help keep this home cooler in the summer and comfortable in the winter.

Located in Windermere, Fla., the 3,800-square foot two-story home uses technical innovations and leading industry products to achieve peak energy performance. The energy-efficiency upgrades are anticipated to reduce the energy usage of the 1996 custom-built home by more than 50 percent.

“The Building America Retrofit Alliance (BARA), one of the DOE’s Building America teams, pursued this remodeling project to demonstrate cost-effective, integrated energy systems that can dramatically reduce annual energy use in existing homes,” says Craig Savage, BARA project manager.

“The replacement of older, inefficient windows with top-quality vinyl windows is one of the keys to success for this project. Our decision to include energy-efficient Simonton windows in the Cool Energy House was a critical factor to achieving our high performance goals for the project.”

The double hung and casement windows in the home are part of the Decorum® by Simonton product line and were ordered with bronze exteriors, colonial sculptured grids and brushed nickel hardware. Some windows in the home feature antique cherry woodgrain interiors. Each energy-efficient unit includes a dual-pane insulating glass unit (IGU) with ProSolar® Low E glass and an Argon gas fill and an Intercept® spacer system.

For additional details on the Cool Energy House project in Florida, visit http://www.forresidentialpros.com/video/10476087/an-intro-to-the-cool-energy-house-retrofit.

             

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