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.