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by • August 26, 2010 • Windows & Doors & SkylightsComments (0)2652

Newest Glass Technology

  When it comes to window efficiency there’s really two factors that matter:

 #1 Window Frame Material (wood, vinyl, fiberglass, fibrex, aluminum)  
#2 Glass    

  The gold standard of glass for our hot/humid Austin TX climate has been Cardinal Low-E 366 glass.  (This is the glass I have been specifying in my MarvinAndersenGerkinFleetwood, and Eagle windows.)  Most window manufacturers buy their glass from Cardinal but they might call this Low-E 366 by their own trade name.  For instance, Andersen calls it their “Smart Sun” glass but it’s really Cardinal Low-E 366 in their windows. 
  Here’s the big news, Cardinal Glass has just introduced a new glass that gives triple pane performance using only two panes of glass!  Their new Low-E i81 glass boasts a U-Factor of .20.  Most Double Pane Low E 366 windows I’ve been installing have had U Factors of .24-.30 so these are potentially 50% better!    I’m looking forward to getting this glass into my future houses.  -Matt Risinger

  Here’s a chart off the Cardinal Website showing different glass configurations and their U-Factors.  
IG UNITU-FACTORDouble-Pane, Clear, Air0.48Double-Pane w/LoĒ³-366, Argon0.24Double-Pane w/LoĒ³-366 and LoĒ-i81, Air0.23Double-Pane w/LoĒ³-366 and LoĒ-i81, Argon0.201″ IG UNITU-FACTORTriple-Pane, Clear0.35Triple-Pane w/LoĒ³-366, Argon0.22Triple-Pane w/LoĒ³-366, LoĒ-179, Argon0.17Triple-Pane w/LoĒ³-366, LoĒ-179, LoĒ-i81, Argon0.15

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