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European Windows and Doors Popular at 2013 Solar Decathlon

One of the best parts of the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon’s competition is seeing all of the different sustainable building technologies and products used in the construction of each of the homes. We’ll admit that the first building component we look at are the windows and doors – after all, this is a competition that’s all about the best of the best in sustainable construction!

Tilt and Turn window in laneway house

This past October at the 2013 Solar Decathlon, two our staffers had the opportunity to go to California to tour the 19 entries in the competition. We were pleased to see that about half of the homes featured European-style windows and doors.

Of course, the three European teams, including the winning team Team Austria from Vienna University of Technology, all had tilt and turn windows and high-performance exterior doors, but many of the North American teams also opted for European windows and doors – most likely because of their excellent air, water, sound and structural ratings.

It’s great to see more and more discerning building professionals – even our up and coming ones – specify high-performance fenestration for their projects.