As record temperature lows chill homeowners nationwide, Northland’s News Center investigates how one Wisconsin couple is using Alpen windows and SIPS walls to construct their new home to be more energy efficient and comfortable than ever before. This 90-second news clip simply and elegantly explains fundamental aspects of high performance home construction and Alpen windows.
Alpen’s experienced Wisconsin-based distributor, Randy Nilsson, who is contractor on this project and featured in the video reports:
“The homeowners are very enthusiastic about our windows and the high-performance homes that we build. With the brutally cold temps and recent spike in propane folks are showing a higher level of interest in what we offer.”
Alpen’s high performance fiberglass windows make for some high functioning and comfortable people. See the attached article from the NFRC to learn more.
Alpen windows and glass were installed last fall at the Colorado State University Powerhouse Energy Campus – a 65,000 square foot LEED Platinum addition will achieve 48% in energy use through a portfolio of efficiency upgrades. Substantial building envelope improvements included use of Alpen glass and Alpen 525 Series Fiberglass windows in the first-ever all-fiberglass curtainwall system by Graham.
Check back soon for updates on project completion, and in the meantime you can see real-time construction progress through the live camera feed here:
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Alpen Founder, Robert Clarke, and technical sales representative, Alison Ray, were invited to present at the Passive House Institute US National Conference during a break-out session entitled “Quality North American Window and Door Innovations”.
View their presentations using the links below or visit our Passive House Resources page to download editable, full-resolution PowerPoint files.
Focusing on affordable and sustainable energy efficiency in home construction, the EcoMod Passive House project utilized modular construction techniques to achieve a super-tight envelope with Alpen’s 725 Series high performance fiberglass windows for insulation and passive solar gain.
In July, 2013, AIA’s Architect Magazine awarded the EcoMod Passive House project the prestigious 2013 R&D Award.
Alpen congratulates the EcoMod team on their achievements, read on for two articles highlighting the project:
Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building at the University of California, Davis Campus
As Alpen HPP sales teams work with designers of two new Living Building Challenge focused projects set for construction in Spring 2014, we draw inspiration from successful Living Building Challenge-Certified projects completed over the past few years, including:
Completed in May, 2013, the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building utilized a variety of high performance building strategies to reduce energy use, achieve a super-insulated and airtight building envelope, incorporate low-embodied-energy and sustainably-harvested building materials, and provide enough power from renewable energy technologies to achieve net-zero energy annual usage for the entire 8,500 square-foot building.
Alpen’s 525 Series fiberglass windows insulate and provide daylight and natural ventilation to the building’s living and learning spaces. Fitted with motorized operators, Alpen casement windows are integrated with the building’s automated HVAC system for passive ventilation and cooling.
A first of its kind on a University campus, the winery building is Certified Living Building Challenge and Net-Zero Energy.
The Sustainable Living Center at the Maharishi University of Management
Completed in 2012, the Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management incorporates Alpen 925 Series fiberglass fixed/picture and awning windows in its super-insulated building envelope. High solar heat gain windows provide passive solar heat gain during winter months.
The building is certified Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum and Net-Zero Energy.
Midtown Residential’s Brookfield Passive House was unveiled today in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Builders and designers applauded Alpen windows’ high performance contribution as central to achieving their Passive House certification. This home the first in Colorado to receive Certification by Passive House US and the first certified Passive House in the nation built by a production home builder. Project website: http://www.brookfieldhomesco.com/homes/passive-house-midtown
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In an article published by Green Building Advisor, Alpen HPP is recognized as being one of five North American window manufacturers to have sought and achieved Passive House Certification by the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) or Passive House International (PHI).
Through Alpen’s efforts to promote and participate in the Passive House movement, the company’s technical sales team continue to engage in learning about the passive building movement and related certifications. This knowledge is exhibited in the GBA article in quotes from Alpen’s sales team who were interviewed for the piece.
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Here’s an article featuring Missouri’s first Passive House which used Alpen’s 725 series fiberglass windows.
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Portland, Oregon’s “HBA Home Building News” journal featured a pair of articles highlighting Alpen high performance windows for the Passive Building sector.
One article highlights a modular multifamily home construction project underway this summer that uses Alpen windows to achieve its super-efficient envelope and the second features Alpen’s recent PHIUS Certification.
Both articles can be viewed in the HBA News online publication by clicking here!