Essence Series® Wood Windows — Advantages

Window care & warranty information – Built for a Lifetime, designed for minimal maintenance.
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Essence Series windows and doors can play an important role in obtaining the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating Systemô (LEED) certification. By optimizing energy performance, increasing ventilation and using low-emitting materials, paints, coatings and recycled content, Essence Series can contribute to your LEED rating.

  • Lowest embodied energy while providing the longest life expectancy
  • Requires limited use of resources
  • Low pollution levels emitted during the manufacturing process
  • Made from silica sand, an abundant natural resource readily available almost everywhere
  • Embodied energy to extract glass from sand and convert raw materials into finished fiberglass is relatively low.
  • Aluminum requires heating up to 1700°F while vinyl requires up to 425°F, and fiberglass, 200°F or less.
  • Sustainable painting process uses no solvents, sprays or drips, produces little or no VOCs, recycles overspray, and yields very little waste (disposable as solid waste).
SmartTouch lock Ease of use commendation

Ease of Use

SmartTouch® Window Lock and Door Handle

Responding to the need for easy-to-operate, easy-to-maintain products, Milgard developed the innovative SmartTouch® window lock and door handle. SmartTouch hardware is in the forefront in an important new trend in home design known as “aging in place.” With so many baby boomers approaching their senior years, this technology and others are enabling people to live independently in their own homes longer and more comfortably. Milgard is committed to developing innovative products and solutions for this fast-growing market.

It’s the easiest, smartest way to open and unlock windows and doors.

The SmartTouch window lock and door handle have both received a prestigious International Design Excellence (IDEA) award from the Industrial Designers Society of America.

The SmartTouch® window lock earned an Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation for innovation and universal design.

The SmartTouch window lock is available on the Essence Series double hung and horizontal glider.

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