[Phoenix] – November 29, 2016 – Western Window Systems announced today it will be bringing a revolutionary experience to the housing industry in 2017 based on a new aluminum product family designed and built for markets in the Northwest, Northeast, and Southeast regions of the country. State-of-the-art moving glass walls and windows, a total of 12 new product lines in all, will roll out over the course of the new year, giving architects design elements that promote open floor plans and indoor-outdoor living while still addressing energy, structural, and hurricane impact needs critical to each area. The new product family will feature Western Window Systems’ signature thin profiles and large expanses of glass, so architects can easily fit them into contemporary and modern designs.
“There has been so much innovation in contemporary architecture in the Southwest, we want to bring that same excitement to the rest of the country,” says Scott Gates, president and CEO of Western Window Systems. “Our new product family makes aluminum the most compelling choice for architects and designers looking to capture current trends. We believe it represents the future of residential design.”
The new family of thermally broken aluminum products, called the Series 7000, dramatically simplifies how architects select door and window products by offering across-the-board U-value ratings as low as .19 (when utilizing triple-pane glass), design pressure ratings above 50, and hurricane impact certification. Adding low-E coated glass from Cardinal Glass Industries (direct from its first IG plant in the Southwest) delivers energy efficiency in all types of weather. A signature aluminum extrusion design utilizing proprietary Insulbar technology handles strength and performance needs.
“The wood window industry has tried to address the demand for this type of architecture with products branded as ‘contemporary’ — and customers aren’t buying it,” says Gates. “Architects and designers want the look, functionality, and strength of aluminum, and have often sacrificed energy ratings to get it. Our new aluminum product family will be more energy efficient than wood.”
The new line of moving glass walls, doors, and windows easily integrates to form a unified look and feel throughout the whole house. Architects can take advantage of completely customizable options to create high-end, contemporary residences that have never been seen in these markets before.
“We’ve grown over 1300% over the last six years by giving the market what it wants,” says Gates. “This new product line brings that same innovation and passion to those East Coast and Florida markets that want better.”
The Series 7000 product family will be manufactured at the company’s new headquarters in Phoenix, starting with the Series 7600 Multi-Slide Door set to launch next spring. Western Window Systems will have corner samples on hand at the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS), January 10-12 at Florida’s Orange County Convention Center, in Professional Builder’s Show Village, located in the convention center’s parking lot. The remaining 11 products will release throughout 2017.
7600 Multi Slide Door
Embodying nearly 60 years of advancements in multi-slide door design, the Series 7600 is packed with innovations that address energy and structural requirements. Of course, the design elements that have made it a favorite with architects — thin profiles and large, unobstructed rolling glass panels that stack or slide into pockets — are still unmistakable.
7650 Sliding Glass Door
The Series 7650 Sliding Glass Door is more than the next generation of patio door — it’s a performance-focused solution for contemporary living spaces.
Our strongest and most energy-efficient aluminum sliding glass door ever, it features an energy-efficient .30 U-value for standard, low-E, argon-filled dual-pane glass, a design pressure (DP) rating of 50 for strength against the elements, and a modern sill option that creates a cleaner and smoother transition from the indoors to the outside.
Available in sizes that are taller and wider than you might expect, the Series 7650 is all about completely customizable options to fit your tastes and home design.
7950 Bi-Fold Door
Reinvented for strength and energy efficiency, the Series 7950 Aluminum Bi-Fold Door is a perfect solution for architects, builders, and homeowners who want to design, build, and experience indoor-outdoor living in a variety of weather conditions.
7630 Window Wall
Whether you’re designing a single-panel or door-size opening, or a glass wall that spans an entire façade, the Series 7630 Window Wall delivers a durable, energy-efficient solution that allows for a modern look and more glass in a variety of weather conditions. And because it’s able to integrate with other Series 7000 sliding doors, ventilating windows, and hinged doors, your design style finds limitless expression.
7000 Series Window Line
Create projects where windows stand out or, if you prefer, blend in. Choose casement, awning, hopper (arriving in early 2018), and fixed window styles for eye-catching contemporary statements. Or have them directly mulled to Series 7000 sliding doors, fixed window walls and hinged doors for an integrated solution with a clean overall appearance. Low U-values, Cardinal glass, and outstanding performance ratings make the Series 7000 window line our most energy-efficient ever.
What is Title 24?
The California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are designed to ensure new and existing buildings achieve energy efficiency and preserve outdoor and indoor environmental quality. These measures (Title 24, Part 6) are listed in the California Code of Regulations. The California Energy Commission is responsible for adopting, implementing and updating building energy efficiency. Local city and county enforcement agencies have the authority to verify compliance with applicable building codes, including energy efficiency.
Why are energy standards important?
Since 1978, Energy Efficiency Standards make buildings more comfortable, lower energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Standards ensure that builders use the most energy efficient technologies and construction.
Why do the standards need to be updated?
The Energy Commission is required by law to adopt standards every three years that are cost effective for homeowners over the 30-year lifespan of a building. The standards are updated to consider and incorporate new energy efficient technologies and construction methods. The standards save energy, increase electricity supply reliability, increase indoor comfort, avoid the need to construct new power plants and help preserve the environment.
How much will these standards add to the cost of a new home?
On average, the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards will increase the cost of constructing a new home by about $2,700, but will save $7,400 in energy and maintenance costs over 30 years. In other words, when factored into a 30-year mortgage with a 5 percent interest rate, the standards will add about $11 per month for the average home, but will save consumers roughly $31 on monthly heating, cooling, and lighting bills.
How much energy will the 2016 standards save?
Single family homes built to the 2016 standards will use about 28 percent less energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, and water heating than those built to the 2013 standards. In 30 years, California will have saved enough energy to power 2.2 million homes, reducing the need to build 12 additional power plants.
Do the 2016 residential standards get us to zero net energy?
In 2008, California set bold energy-use reduction goals, targeting zero net energy (ZNE) use in all new homes by 2020 and commercial buildings by 2030. The ZNE goal means new buildings must use a combination of improved efficiency and distributed renewable energy generation to meet 100 percent of their annual energy need. The 2016 standards will not get us to ZNE. However, they do get us very close to our goal and make important steps toward changing residential building practices in California. The 2019 standards will take the final step to achieve ZNE for newly constructed residential buildings throughout California.
Who supports the standards?
The California Building Industry Association supports the adopted standards as does the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups, investor owned utilities such as Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, and publically owned utilities such as the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
What buildings are covered by the standards?
All new construction of, and additions and alterations to, residential and nonresidential buildings are covered except hospitals, nursing homes, correctional centers, jails, and prisons.
Why do the standards vary by climate zone?
Measures that are cost effective in more extreme climates may not be cost effective in milder climates. Requiring measures by climate zone ensure that a building will have the most energy efficient features for that area. There are 16 climate zones in the state.