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August 28, 2019
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The Talk

By Eric Thompson

You might have noticed that there’s been some good chatter over the summer about “Skinny Triples.” These triple-pane insulating glass units utilize a thin, nonstructural center lite to deliver enhanced thermal performance and are thought to potentially help homebuilders achieve new heights in efficiency. 

Specifically, Skinny Triples were part of a discussion at the California Energy Commission’s High-Performance Windows Forum workshop in July. Newly built homes in California will be required to achieve Net Zero Energy usage beginning in 2020, requiring new solutions for all parts of the building envelope.  

Skinny Triples are an attractive option here—and in any application where outstanding thermal performance is required—for a few reasons. For one, since these IGUs don’t involve extra weight, they can deliver the required performance without the additional design and labor considerations associated with traditional triples. And for the fabricator, Skinny Triple IGUs don’t require a fundamental rethinking of an already-existing window system. 

This got me thinking about the broader ways that window performance has improved to meet increasingly high standards over the past decade or so. Read more 





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