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9/17/2014

Once a year (or more if required), we recommend you inspect and clean all window and door sills to make sure the gaskets are clean and the drainage holes aren't obstructed. Cleaning the window and door sills ensures the gaskets and drainage holes are all doing their job - helping seal your window or door when closed and allowing any moisture that may have entered to easily exit the frame. 

 

We find the best time to this is at the end of summer or beginning of fall, when the insects are gone and your windows are closed more often than tilted. And if your windows are like ours, this is what they may look like after a full season in the tilt position: full of dead flies and dirt. 

 

Dirty Window Sill

 

Using the crevice tool on your vacuum, gently follow along the sill to vacuum up any debris. If dirt is stuck on the window sill, a slightly damp cloth can be used to wipe up anything the vacuum leaves behind. 

Cleaning Window Sills

 

Make sure to pay close attention to the drainage holes. These are located in the window sill AND on the underside of the sash (the part of the window that opens), as shown below: 

Drainage Holes on Window Sash

 

When done regularly, it only take a few seconds for every operable window and will ensure your tilt and turn windows are ready for the colder and wetter season ahead.

Clean Window Sill

 

After a quick clean, your windows are ready for the fall season!

 

For complete care and maintenance instructions, refer to your Owners' Guide. If you require a copy, please contact your Sales Representative or our head office

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9/10/2014

Window walls are still a rarity in many homes; most typical windows and doors simply don't have the structural performance required to build large openings.

 

Innotech's Hybrid System allows our clients to design and build with extra large openings. Every window and doors is made with galvanized steel framing integrally bonded to unplasticized European PVC profiles providing excellent structural performance. 

 

Building professionals also appreciate our products' design flexibility. Every design feature can be customized, from the windows' size and shape to the use of mullions and transoms, giving each window wall its own unique look. 

 

The structural performance and design flexibility of our windows and doors allows architects to replicate the look of window walls in single family homes. Depending on the height and width of the wall, some structural beams may be required.   

 

Here are a few of our favourite spaces that replicate the look of window walls:  

 

Private Residence on Vancouver Island, BC

Private Residence on Vancouver Island | + More Photos

Private Residence on Vancouver Island, BC

Private Residence on Vancouver Island | + More Photos

Private Residence on Vancouver Island, BC

Private Residence on Vancouver Island | + More Photos

Private Residence in Calgary, AB

Private Residence in Calgary, AB

Private Residence in Calgary, AB

Private Residence in Calgary, AB | + More Photos

Private Residence in Ladner, BC

Private Residence in Ladner, BC | + More Photos

 

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9/5/2014

We love seeing beautiful photos of our clients' projects!

 

Lately, we've spotted a growing kitchen design trend: replacing upper cabinets with extra large windows. And we've got to say: we love this look! It opens up the space making the kitchen look huge, floods the space with warmth and natural light, and is a wonderful departure from "cabinets gallore" designs.

 

Here are a few of our favourite upper-cabinet-free kitchen designs:

 

Private Residence, Vancouver Island, Window Design

Windows - Kitchen Designs - Calgary, Alberta

Windows - Kitchen Designs - Calgary, Alberta

Windows - Kitchen Designs - Calgary, Alberta

Windows - Kitchen Designs - Ladner, British Columbia

Windows - Kitchen Designs - Abbotsford, BC

Windows - Kitchen Designs - Kelowna, BC

Oceanside, Oregon

 

To see more kitchen design ideas - with and without upper cabinets - see our album "Cooking with Sunlight" on Houzz.com.

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9/2/2014

Built Green Canada Platinum Certified Home in Vancouver

 

Blackfish Homes recently completed this modern BUILT GREEN® Platinum home in Vancouver, BC. The three storey, 3,500 square foot residence was designed to be highly energy efficient, have excellent indoor air quality, and be very durable. The home also achieved an impressive EnerGuide rating of 85.

 

The home features Innotech windows and doors in charchoal black exterior and interior. Two of our favourite spaces in the home are the dining room with classic Terrace Swing Doors that open onto a large outdoor living area and the living room with many large windows placed high on the walls that brighten the space.

Built Green Platinum Certified Home in Vancouver BC 

Built Green Platinum Certified Home in Vancouver BC

 

Thank you Blackfish for trusting us with your building project!

 

All images courtesy of Blackfish Homes. Photography by Ema Peter.

8/29/2014

It takes an experienced building team to design and build a home like Cadence. With over 1,500 square feet of glass (weighing in at over 10,000 lbs!), dozens of configurations, and in as many shapes, the window and door package was highly complex.

 

Private Residence on Vancouver Island, BC

 

Joined by our long-time Innotech dealer, North Pacific Window & Glass, the homeowner and builder came to the mainland to visit our showroom in Burnaby. Spending many hours reviewing the architect’s blueprints, there were countless details to discuss: door types, swing direction, locking options, window size limits, window arch radius, glazing options, finish colours and more.

 

Once all the details were finalized, our dealer took the time to come to our head office several more times to ensure the order was error free. Together, we made sure all of the windows and doors were to code, built to the architect’s specifications and delivered on time for the builder. The team effort led by North Pacific was a success: Cadence was built to exacting standards.

 

+ For more images of this award-winning West Coast home, click here

 

Builder: TS Williams Construction

Architect: KB Design

Interior Designer: The Interior Design Group

Innotech Dealer: North Pacific Window & Glass

Photography: Artez Photography

8/26/2014

Capri Architecture in Newport, Oregon specified our Tilt + Turn Windows for their newly renovated 300 square foot studio. The converted single car garage now includes a meeting space, generous work areas, creative storage and abundant natural light.

 

"The Oregon Coast is a challenging environment," says Dustin Capri, founding architect at Capri Architecture. "Innotech offers the only windows that combine elegant design with energy-efficiency that can also withstand our harsh coastal environment."

 

Capri Architecture is an architecture firm that strives to create places that enrich the local community and embody the values of the Oregon Coast. At Capri Architecture, a project is the synthesis of its design, its relationship with the world around it and its contribution to environmental sustainability. Husband and wife team, Dustin Capri, AIA, and Amanda Capri, AIA, leverage their knowledge of materials, technology and urban planning to create projects that appropriately address energy efficiency, carbon emissions, physical health, and natural resource protection.

 

Capri Architecture Studio

Capri Architecture Studio

+ For additional photos of the new studio, click here

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8/7/2014

When designing a home, it's difficult to have both: lots of wall space and lots of windows. Often, we must trade one for the other. However, that doesn't always have to be the case. 

 

In some spaces, it's entirely possible to have both. Installed high on a wall, windows can be used for natural light without compromising wall space or privacy. It's an excellent design solution for walls on the side of a home (no one needs to have such a close-up view of their neighbour), in bedrooms where privacy is a concern or other spaces where wall space is needed (for furniture, art or family photos).

 

Take a look at how these beautiful spaces get the best of both worlds:

 

 Blackfish Homes

BUILT GREEN Platinum Private Residence in Vancouver, BC | Builder: Blackfish Homes

 Blackfish Homes

BUILT GREEN Platinum Private Residence in Vancouver, BC | Builder: Blackfish Homes 

Penticton Private Residence - Innotech Windows Doors

Private Residence in Penticton, BC | + More photos

 Ario Construction

Private Residence in Whistler, BC | Builder: Ario Construction Inc.

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7/15/2014

Tilt + Turn Windows are an excellent option for basement egress windows. Although egress requirements differ slightly depending on your governing building code, the reasoning does not: in case of emergency, such as a fire, occupants in a room must be able to easily exit.

 

Large Opening Windows

Custom built to the size you need, the ability to fully open Tilt + Turn Windows into the room (as shown below on the far right) allows you to meet most egress requirements. By turning the handle up, the entire window turns inwards providing a large opening that can be used as an exit in the event of an emergency.

 

In addition, Tilt + Turn Windows provide excellent security, water penetration resistance and ventilation - three factors you need for basement windows.

 

 

High-Security Windows

Innotech windows are equipped with our exclusive Defender System. The Defender System combines multi-point locks, steel reinforcement and welded corners to provide proven protection from casual break-and-enters.

 

+ Click here to watch our Break-and-Enter Demonstration 

 

Water Resistant Windows

Regularly tested in-house, by third party laboratories and on-site, our windows are engineered and manufactured to be water resistant. Due to their proximity to the ground, basement windows are often a source of water penetration, costing homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs. The Defender System, combined with three weatherseals, ensures that when closed, Tilt + Turn Windows protect your home from expensive water infiltration.

 

+ Click here to watch the "Hurricane in a Box" video 

 

 Best in VentilationTilt for Ventilation 

In the tilt position (as shown in the middle image in the above photo), Tilt + Turn Windows provide secure and efficient ventilation by allowing rising warm air to exit at the top and fresh cool air to enter at the sides - without the need for an open door or second window! 

 

Whether you're building a new home or renovating an exiting home, selecting the right windows for your basement is an important part of building a safe and durable home. For more benefits of the Tilt + Turn Window, click here.

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6/24/2014

Edmonton Showroom

 

The latest city to call Innotech home is Edmonton Alberta, where we recently opened a new showroom. Albertans now have three choices when wishing to view our products as our windows and doors are also on display in our Calgary showroom, and we also have a dealer in Red Deer. The showroom, located near the Hazeldean neighbourhood, features a selection of fully-operable windows and doors allowing you to experience firsthand the quality and functionality of Innotech products.

 

Managing our Edmonton location is Dave Swan, a veteran of the manufacturing industry. Dave and his family make their home in Edmonton and they are very active in the community. He would love to get to know you over a cup of coffee, and as an Innotech fenestration expert he is qualified to recommend the products that will be perfect for your home. 

 

+ Click here for details and directions to the Edmonton Showroom

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4/29/2014

The new window and door building code, known as the North American Fenestration Standard/Specification or NAFS, now requires all entry doors to be tested to the same performance requirements as windows. Exterior doors must meet an air and water penetration resistance rating to be NAFS compliant.

Code Compliant Double Exterior Doors

 

Up until now, performance requirements for exterior doors have been either non-existent or disappointingly minimal. The new code requirements is a huge improvement in our industry, as historically, most doors have been the weak link in the performance of a building.

 

Innotech exterior entry doors have been tested to the new standard and are NAFS compliant. These include single and double inswing or outswing Terrace Swing Doors, single and double inswing Tilt + Turn Doors, and our Tilt + Glide Doors. NAFS is required by the 2012 BC Building Code (2012 BCBC), the 2010 National Building Code and other provincial and municipal building codes. 

 

+ To learn more about the new code requirements, click here

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