Monitoring of Windows & Other Energy Systems Will Document Performance & SavingsPALO ALTO, Calif., Jul 09, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Heat Mirror(R) insulating glass from Southwall Technologies, Inc.,
is a key component in a newly built rural Massachusetts home that will
dramatically reduce carbon emissions, energy use and utility bills
while providing its occupants a comfortable environment year-round.
"With an R value of 7.7 (U-value 0.13 IP, 0.74 SI), the inside
surface of the home's Heat Mirror insulating glass remains close to
room air temperature," explained John Meade, Southwall's Director of
Business Development, who worked closely on the project. "Heat Mirror
is a better insulator compared to generic Low-E glass, which for
comparison is also installed in the house."
On-going monitoring of the home's windows and other energy saving
systems clearly demonstrates the superior insulating capabilities of
Heat Mirror compared to the generic Low-E coated and non-coated
insulating glass also installed. (Approximately 178 square feet of
Heat Mirror is being utilized in the 1,300 square foot residence.)
"The installation of Heat Mirror in this US Department of Energy
(DOE)-funded project demonstrates the DOE's commitment to advancing
the use of glass products whose energy conservation performance far
exceeds that of generic Low-E glass," declared Southwall's Meade.
Heat Mirror, a technologically advanced low emissivity and solar
reflective film, can be mounted inside an insulating glass unit in a
variety of configurations (one or two coated films, clear or Low-E
glass) providing energy conservation performance ranging from R 6 to R
12 to meet the unique requirements of individual new construction and
Home to a family of three, the Colrain residence was built for
less than $200,000 with a grant from the DOE. The house utilizes state
of the art energy conservation systems including photovoltaics,
expected to provide 74% of the home's electricity needs, and a solar
thermal system that should supply more than 44% of space and water
heating. Energy efficiency features include a 12" double wall system,
a tankless water heater, ENERGY STAR appliances, fluorescent lighting,
blown-in recycled cellulose wall and ceiling insulation and durable
Eco-Insulating Glass Inc., Mississauga, Ontario fabricated the
home's Heat Mirror units which are components of windows from Paradigm
Windows, Portland, Maine. Built by Rural Development, Inc., the
Colrain home is a DOE funded Building America Initiative, part of the
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes project
of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Instrumentation
to seamlessly download data monitoring the performance of the home's
windows and other energy systems was designed and will be operated by
Steven Winter Associates, Norwalk, CT.
Southwall's Heat Mirror insulating glass units are available for
commercial and residential installation from over 50 window and
insulating glass manufacturers.
Southwall Technologies is recognized worldwide as the leading
innovator in the development and manufacture of high performance,
energy-saving films and glass products.
SOURCE: Southwall Technologies
Southwall Technologies Inc.
Bruce Lang, 650-798-1269
Vice President of Marketing & Business Development
John Miller Public Relations
John Miller, 408-354-2400,