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6/3/2011

The 18th annual Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association Parade of Renovated Homes is an exciting opportunity for the public to tour 12 professionally renovated homes in the Lower Mainland, including Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Vancouver and West Vancouver.

 

North Vancouver Renovation Blackfish Homes and Construction

 

Innotech Windows + Doors is excited to feature its Tilt + Turn Windows and Terrace Swing Doors in the North Vancouver home featured on the tour.

 

Recently renovated by Blackfish Homes and Construction in collaboration with JRS Engineering, the beautiful home features a host of green features. It has achieved an outstanding EnerGuide rating of 87 and ultra-low air change per hour of 1.2, making it one of the most energy efficient homes in the Lower Mainland.

 

+ For more information about the project, click here

+ For more information about the GVHBA Parade of Renovated Homes, click here 

5/25/2011

The “Hurricane in a Box” test chamber will hit the Pacific North West in June as part of a 50-city tour of the United States and Canada.

 

Built to showcase the importance of appropriate material selection, construction sequencing and design details in the construction of energy efficient building envelopes, the test chamber showcases how superior materials and construction can protect buildings from the forces of Mother Nature.

 

The free two-hour interactive demonstration is entitled Refining Construction Details through Design Verification Testing. The transportable test chamber is calibrated to conduct common ASTM, AAMA and extreme weather testing in excess of Category 5 Hurricane conditions or winds up to and beyond 155 MPH on building mock-ups. It tests how well a typical wall assembly, including windows, doors and other openings, can resist water penetration under such circumstances.

 

The chamber also tests air leakage through walls and around windows and doors — a leading cause of wasted energy and uncomfortable buildings.

 The “Hurricane in a Box” test chamber will hit the Pacific North West in June as part of a 50-city tour of the United States and Canada.

 

Built to showcase the importance of appropriate material selection, construction sequencing and design details in the construction of energy efficient building envelopes, the test chamber showcases how superior materials and construction can protect buildings from the forces of Mother Nature.

 

The free two-hour interactive demonstration is entitled Refining Construction Details through Design Verification Testing. The transportable test chamber is calibrated to conduct common ASTM, AAMA and extreme weather testing in excess of Category 5 Hurricane conditions or winds up to and beyond 155 MPH on building mock-ups. It tests how well a typical wall assembly, including windows, doors and other openings, can resist water penetration under such circumstances.

 

The chamber also tests air leakage through walls and around windows and doors — a leading cause of wasted energy and uncomfortable buildings.

 

The test chamber was designed by Building Envelope Innovations (BEI) to help builders create walls that wouldn’t wet-out in extreme or even ordinary weather conditions. BEI has used the test chamber to test their air and water-resistive/waterproof barrier products, as well as other products on the market. The test chamber is also available to manufacturers, engineers and design professionals to see if their products and designs survive the high-pressure condition generated by the test chamber.

 

The multi-city road show is presented by PROSOCO, Lawrence, Kan., the manufacturer of the extreme-performance air and water resistive barrier product line R-GUARD. PROSOCO makes a wide range of products for cleaning, protecting and maintaining concrete, brick and stone architecture.

 

During its Vancouver visit, the test chamber will feature a Tilt + Turn Window manufactured by Innotech Windows + Doors, a BC-based manufacturer of European style, high-performance windows and doors. Innotech tilt and turn windows were selected for the test chamber by BEI because of their superior ability to resist air and water penetration in extreme conditions as simulated by the test chamber.

 

“The use of the right building materials combined with correct installation is the key to any durable and high-performing building envelope,” says George Nickel, Business Development Director at Innotech Windows + Doors. “We’re excited to be part of the BEI-PROSOCO test chamber. It’s an exciting opportunity that will have a long-term impact on North America’s building industry.”

 

On June 22, 2011 the test chamber will be in Burnaby – the only Canadian city on the popular road show. The educational demonstration is free and open to design professionals, construction managers, general contractors, waterproofing contractors and air barrier contractors interested in learning how to improve the performance of their building envelopes.

 

Other dates in the Pacific North West include: Portland, OR on June 7, Lakewood, WA on June 9 and Seattle, WA on June 14. To register for any of these locations, visit: www.r-guard.com.

 

The two-hour demonstration meets AIA/CES and RCI criteria for continuing education. Every qualified attendee will receive a certificate for 2 AIA/CES unit hours (Health, Safety & Welfare / Sustainable Design) and/or two RCI Continuing Education Hours (CEH). 

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5/17/2011

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Patient Housing

 

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Patient Housing was recently featured in GB&D Magazine. The project's lead architect, Scott Carr, defines the LEED Gold registered project as follows:

 

"The building is meticulously detailed to withstand the tests of time," says Carr. "Sustainability begins with designing durable buildings that are capable of lasting 75-100 years."

 

SCCA features a high-performance thermal envelope that meets Architecture 2030 Challenge requirements. Innotech Tilt + Turn Windows are featured throughout the project.

 

+ Read the GB&D Magazine article here

+ Read the SCCA project profile here

3/31/2011

The US Green Building Council has released a new fact sheet addressing energy performance in the LEED rating system. 

 

"The fact sheet details a crucially important tool in helping to realize a building’s performance in every aspect of sustainability: LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. LEED buildings certified through EB:O&M are certified based upon their energy consumption in addition to the measures undertaken in the other credit categories covering water, indoor environmental quality, materials, and location. The amount of certified space under EB:O&M has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years, surpassing the rate of certification for New Construction (see the graph in the fact sheet for exactly how much and how fast). We expect this growth to continue as the building industry (and even the President) focuses on improving existing buildings."

 

+ Click here for more information 

+ Click here to read the fact sheet

3/21/2011

In January 2011, the first state wide green building code, the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), took effect. Sustainable Industries recently compared CALGreen to LEED asking: "How does California's new green building code compare to the industry benchmark?"

 

"To address this question, one must look at differences and similarities between CALGreen and LEED in areas such as site characteristics, energy efficiency, water reduction, materials, and the indoor environment. When comparing individual areas within each standard, it’s important to recognize that LEED is a voluntary point-based rating system with four levels of certification. CALGreen, on the other hand, is a mandatory green building code that also includes optional “tiers” for projects seeking to go beyond the minimum level required.    

 

Both CALGreen and LEED address five main categories relating to new commercial buildings:  site, water, energy, materials and the indoor environment.  Since LEED is a point-based rating system in which projects must achieve at least 40 of 110 possible points, it allows for flexibility and has few mandatory prerequisites. In contrast, all of the measures within CalGreen are mandatory, with the exception of the optional tiers."

 

+ Read the full article here

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3/16/2011

Innotech recently made it into a local high school's yearbook. In November 2010, Innotech hosted students from a technology class. The students learned about the key components of energy efficient and high performance windows and doors and had the chance to tour our manufacturing plant and see our testing equipment in action.

 

Manufacturing Plant

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2/15/2011

The LEED® Platinum Certified Bagley Classroom was recently featured in GreenSource Magazine. Featuring triple glazed Innotech Tilt + Turn Windows, the project in Duluth Minnesota is also awaiting Passive House recognition.

 

Bagley Nature Classroom - LEED Platinum 

 

 

Students at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) are fortunate to have access to Bagley Nature Area, a 55-acre parcel of land on the northwest portion of the campus that includes a pond, forest, ski and hiking trails, and open space. But while conducting research, observing wildlife, or absorbing the scenery, the students had no home base. To remedy this dilemma, the university commissioned local firm Salmela Architect to design a small LEED Platinum-certified classroom space on an existing clearing (an unused volleyball court). It was the team who decided to up the ante and simultaneously try for Passive House certification and net-zero energy. “We went for everything,” says David Salmela, FAIA. “Energy-oriented buildings tend to be driven by the technology rather than the architecture. What we wanted to do was combine all of those things together.”

 

+ Read the full article here

2/11/2011

Innotech is attending a number of home and trade shows in Western Canada and the United States. We invite you to visit us to meet our team and learn about our Tilt + Turn Windows and full range of high-performance exterior doors.

 

+ Click here to view the full schedule

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12/14/2010

The Oceanside Beach House is located only 1,000 feet from the Pacific Ocean on the Oregon coast. Designed by architect Jeff Stern in close collaboration with the homeowners, the home is a modern interpretation of a traditional Oregon beach house. 

 

Oceanside Beach House Oregon Coast 

Oceanside Beach House Oregon Coast 

 

"We were looking for cost effective windows and doors that were suitable for the harsh coastal environment," says Jeff. "After seeing the Innotech products at the Z-haus in Portland, we felt the Innotech windows with the tilt and turn operation suited both the design of the house and the owners' lifestyle much better than other types of windows more commonly available. The substantial profile and the ability to do a very large Tilt + Slide Door were also very appealing."

 

The wedge shaped design of the home was inspired by the triangular site and built to maximize the spectacular panoramic views from all angles. The interior of the home features a gently sloping ceiling and carefully placed openings to maximize the views and track the path of the sun throughout the day.

 

Oceanside Beach House Oregon Coast

Oceanside Beach House Oregon Coast

 

+ Follow the construction progress of the Oceanside Beach House at the IN SITU Architecture blog  

 

Photos courtesy of IN SITU Architecture.

12/2/2010

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently published an articled entitled "High Condensation Resistance of Vinyl Meets Green, Health Care Needs". The article takes a look at the benefits of high performance vinyl windows for use in health care facilities:

 

"In the health care world in particular, green building practices are expanding design visions to emphasize beneficial daylighting, energy efficiency and other key green criteria, while accomplishing the latest sector-specific missions of reducing health care errors; discouraging the spread of infectious agents; improving sound attenuation; increasing patient well-being and enhancing physical security. High-efficiency vinyl windows with high CRF values should be of particular interest to hospitals and other medical facilities because moisture provides fertile ground for growth of potentially dangerous molds and bacteria, and can compromise sensitive diagnostic equipment. Smooth, non-porous surfaces also discourage the collection of dust and the spread of infection and are easy to clean. Windows with vinyl frames and integral blinds, sealed against moisture, dust and mold within insulating glass units, are a good option.

 

For all these reasons, the green movement, although initially virulently anti-vinyl, is beginning to take a second look at vinyl products, much as occurred in Europe more than a decade ago."

 

+ Click here to read the full article