The Canada Green Building Council celebrated winners of the second annual 2016 CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award at the Building Lasting Change Gala Dinner, held in Toronto’s Allstream Centre on June 8.
LiteZone Glass Units won top honour for targeting both the energy performance and lifespan issues of traditional windows. Using multiple interior layers of film rather than glass allows the units more flexibility to meet different objectives and budgets.
These units have a life span of 60 years and are able to attain insulating values as high as R19.6 at centre of glass, and R17 for the overall window, which improves energy efficiency and comfort. Air pressure is equalized between the inside and outside of the unit to greatly reduce stress on the edge seals. Advanced perimeter edge seals and spacers and other refinements also contribute to greater longevity, reducing lifecycle costs and environmental impacts.
“Windows are a critical component of better building envelopes but historically developers and owners gravitated toward low insulating values which increase energy consumption and discomfort,” said Thomas Mueller, president and chief executive officer of the CaGBC. “LiteZone Glass Units are an innovative, practical solution to these issues, and a great example of how Canadian manufacturers are meeting the growing demand for high performance building technology.”