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Benefits of Thermally Broken Metal Windows

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The “Metal Movement” and “Thermally Broken.”. Why you want your metal windows to be BROKEN. Thermally broken metal windows provide several benefits over non-thermally broken systems. We are often asked about specific performance benefits. The basic performance premise is: Improved overall thermal performance over traditional non-thermally broken systems. Improved NFRC U-Values over non-thermally broken systems. The lower the u-value, the better the performance. Improved NFRC Condensation resistance factors (interior sweating/ice build-up). Narrow profiles equal or similar to traditional non-thermally broken. Easier Code Compliance than non-thermally broken systems. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? So how does it work? What “Thermally Broken” …

Thermally Broken Windows worth the cost?

Are Thermally Broken Metal Windows Worth the Cost?

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Recently we were talking with a Contractor in Southern California and he told us about a home he’s in the final stages of building. He had used an aluminum window system which had a large proportion of the openings with non-thermally broken windows and doors. The purchase price was reasonable, so the order was placed. As code compliance was being re-worked for several elements of the building envelope, the Title 24 consultant pointed out that the low thermal performance value of the aluminum windows meant the rest of the envelope now had to be boosted to compensate. The additional insulation …

Planning a successful delivery of oversized glass and custom windows and doors

Planning a Successful Delivery — Oversized Custom Windows

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“The windows are coming! I need a helicopter!” Right now, we’re in the process of delivering a good-sized order of oversized, custom-built Bronze-clad Black Walnut windows and doors to a luxury home on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The secluded waterfront lots in Tahoe are difficult to get into, with regulations protecting the shoreline, a notoriously short building season, narrow roads and heavily-treed properties. It takes detailed planning and a few creative ideas to get massive custom windows and doors into a remote location like this. In this instance, it took a helicopter. (More on that later.) Getting oversized custom windows …

When is a Defect Not a Defect? ASTM Glass Standards and the Luxury Building Industry

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“It’s much more difficult to explain expectations around industry standards once the Owner has already seen the glass… and decided it is not acceptable to their personal expectations.”  As we’ve mentioned before in our recent Oversized Architectural Glass Blog, glass isn’t perfect. It’s a fact worth repeating because few things cause more heartburn, especially to contractors, than glass industry standards – especially when those standards don’t align to the client’s expectations. Glass industry standards – we’re primarily talking about visible defects here – are set by the ASTM (American Society for Testing & Materials). Frankly, ASTM glass standards cover a …

A Guide to “Living” Patina Finishes for Architectural Bronze Windows

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“There’s no way around it – architectural bronze will change as it ages. It’s a matter of perception: whether the change is expected and welcome – or not.” Bronze is a classic material – timeless and yet so changeable. The great bronze statues of antiquity didn’t start out looking the way they do today. Nature works its own magic and the bronze changes over time. It’s a living finish. This is true for bronze windows and doors as well. Architectural bronze windows and doors will change as they age. So the question is, “What are the expectations around the change?” How …

The Maintenance-Free Myth: Maintaining Architectural Bronze Windows

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“Bronze is pretty cool stuff. So cool, in fact, they named an Age after it.” In the high-end luxury home (and boutique hospitality) niche, bronze windows & doors occupy a small but significant corner of the market.  Bronze windows aren’t for everyone. Compared to other window materials, you’ll need a truckload of money. On the other hand, bronze windows will outlast any other material. It’s a cost of purchase versus cost of ownership calculation. If you’re building that dream home to pass down to the kids and grandkids, bronze may well be the best value. With any high-dollar investment come …

How to Pick the Best Wood Species for Your Custom Wood Windows or Doors

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“In the luxury custom home niche, windows & doors can represent 8 – 15% of the total construction cost. That’s a fair chunk of change — and one of several reasons to know a thing or two about choosing the right materials.” How do you pick the best wood species for your custom wood windows and doors? The answer is… there’s no short answer. Before you roll your eyes, let us explain. It’s easy to underestimate the impact of the wood you choose for custom windows and doors. Considering that windows and doors can represent 8-15% of the total construction cost …

Steel Windows and Doors

Dynamic Steel-Arte in Wine Country

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Osborn Siegert Architecture and Centric General Contractors recently selected Dynamic Architectural as their fenestration partner for the new Davies Tasting Room in the Diamond Mountain appellation south of Calistoga. This unique construction, with steel windows and doors supplied by Dynamic, is helping bind the region’s history and the local community together. Davies Vineyards was conceived at the historic Schramsberg Winery, which is situated in the Diamond Mountain appellation south of Calistoga. Named after Jack and Jamie Davies, the founders restored Schramsberg, one of the earliest wineries in Napa Valley. Their son Hugh is the President of Schramsberg and he oversees wine making for …

modern idaho rural home by Olson Kundig

Modern Rural Idaho Home by Olson Kundig

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The Bigwood Residence by architectural firm Olson Kundig is tucked into a hillside in Sun Valley, a resort town in Idaho. Encompassing 6,500 square feet (604 square metres), the two-storey vacation home offers sweeping views of natural landmarks such as Bald Mountain, Griffin Butte and Adams Gulch. The house is composed of two cantilevering bars made of glass and steel, which project toward the landscape. One bar serves as the main dwelling, while the other contains guest quarters. Providing a strong connection to the surrounding environment was a guiding concern for the architects. With exterior steel windows and door systems by Dynamic Architectural, …

Lessons Learned working with Architectural Oversized Glass

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Pushing the Limits: What’s Possible with Oversized Glass
The challenge on these projects is to get the entire team on the same page from the very beginning — from the Architect and General Contractor, to the glass supplier and window fabricator — everyone needs to clearly understand how these projects are different.