LAS VEGAS (January 19, 2010) - Milgard Windows & Doors has partnered with Green Builder magazine and the U.S. Department of Energy to showcase the energy efficiency opportunities available in remodeling today. The ReVISION House in Las Vegas features Milgard's triple-glazed fiberglass Ultra® Series windows and doors. It is the fifth in Green Builder's Vision demonstration home series and the first retrofit project.
The 1,800 square foot, 1963 home in Las Vegas received an intensive energy efficiency overhaul, while maintaining the original retro design, including the period's typical use of floor-to-ceiling single-pane wood and aluminum windows and sliding doors.
"The old glazing was replaced with Milgard's triple-glazed fiberglass Ultra Series, allowing the design team to keep as much of the original window area as possible while dramatically improving energy performance," said Scott Morgan, VP of Sales and Marketing at Milgard. "The total remodel improved the home's energy performance enough to make it a Net-Zero energy home by the U.S. Department of Energy's EnergySmart Home Scale."
The U.S. Department of Energy has completed a case study on the remodel project featuring Milgard as part of The Builder's Challenge, a program promoting the technical pathways and partnerships to achieve net-zero energy homes for all Americans. The goal is to develop cost-effective solutions that reduce the average energy use of housing by 40-100%.
Read the DOE case study at Milgard.com
The single-story home was chosen to represent the common challenge of upgrading an underperforming home built long before energy codes were up to today's standards. Figures from the Department of Energy point to the compelling need for this kind of energy-efficiency upgrade. Data from 2007 census surveys show that as many as 80 million U.S. homes are estimated to be under-insulated due to underperforming windows, doors and home insulation according to Department of Energy standards. That is roughly 60% of all U.S. housing stock.
Milgard's triple-glazed option provides extra insulating opportunities without compromising interior style or exterior curb appeal. The two separate insulating air spaces provide a significant energy performance upgrade with minimal cost increase. Milgard's triple-glazed option comes standard with dual SunCoat® Low E glass and dual EdgeGardMAX™ spacers to interrupt wasteful heat flow and offer the best U-value and solar heat gain performance possible.
Milgard's triple-glazed option is available on Milgard's fiberglass Ultra Series, WoodClad® Series, and vinyl Tuscany™ Series windows and doors, and backed by Milgard's industry-leading Full Lifetime Warranty with Glass Breakage.
Learn more about Green Builder Magazine's ReVISION House project at greenbuildermag.com.