Product Review: Windows

Hurd. An online glossary and comparative chart of various insulating glass options supplements printed materials that illustrate and explain the best use of each option for residential projects. The company also offers continuing education courses through and in person via its Architectural Services Group. Pictured: Fixed windows with ComfortGlaze glass and divided-light grilles. 800.223.4873.

Pella. The companys Web site provides information about basic performance options and benefits the best use of its Insulshield windows energy tax credits and a complete list of products that qualify for those credits. Its Architectural Services Division also offers consultations and tools to select products. Pictured: Architect and Designer series casement and fixed units. 800.374.4758.

Simonton. Online tools include PDFs of the company's Energy Starqualified glass options across all product lines by climate zone and of those that qualify for federal tax credits. The site features a description of the components employed to achieve efficient windows and a downloadable consumer brochure about Energy Star's window certification program. Pictured: ProFinish Brickmould 600 series. 800.746.6686.

AMSCO. The company provides performance data for all of its window products online and offers a section to help educate consumers about high-performance windows including a glossary of window terminology. Demonstration kits for its dealer network show the difference between clear glass and the manufacturer's CozE high-performance glass. Pictured: Renaissance series composite windows. 888.822.6726.

Owens Corning. The company eschews a "one-size-fits-all" approach with online tools and glazing options within its new Innovision series to match window performance values to each elevation/exposure and optimize energy efficiency and comfort. Also available is a downloadable Manufacturer's Certification Document to supplement purchase receipts to help claim energy tax credits. Pictured: Innovision fiberglass windows. 800.438.7465.

Jeld-Wen. The company a 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year, offers an energy resource section on its Web site with information on the energy tax credits, a tutorial on glass performance, guidelines on Energy Star zone requirements, and a list of qualified models. The site also lists thermal performance ratings for all of its window products. Pictured: Custom wood window with metal cladding. 800.535.3936.

Milgard. Designed to take the guesswork out of optimizing window efficiency and matching units to the home’s climate, 3D/3D Max Energy Packages address energy efficiency through the three dimensions of a window: frame, product design, and glazing unit. Package components include technologies with low-E glass, argon gas fills, and proprietary foam spacers. Pictured: Fiberglass Ultra series. 800.645.4273.

Andersen. The EcoExcel energy performance package includes all windows that qualify for the federal energy tax credit and an online service to verify compliance with the tax credit and save the manufacturer's certification statement. Andersen also sponsors "Windows in Sustainable Design: Design Principles and Federal Tax Incentives," an AIA-approved continuing education course at  Pictured: 400 Series Woodwright double-hung windows with Low-E4 glass. 800.426.4261.

Ply Gem. Online features, primarily for consumers, include a window search tool and a viewable/downloadable brochure about glass technology; windows can be configured to qualify for tax credits. A software program for dealers includes the ability to simulate or confirm performance values and options. A special kit helps pros explain the tax credit to customers and includes a leave-behind to assist homeowners with claim paperwork. Pictured: Mira Premium series. 800.999.8400.

Marvin. “The Performance Education Handbook,” available online and in print, includes design pressure (DP) ratings, Energy Star ratings, glass performance, and NFRC certification and labeling for the company’s entire product line, among other performance topics. The site also lists products that qualify for energy tax credits. Pictured: Aluminum-clad wood windows. 800.346.3363.

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