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Part 5 of GBA’s Passivhaus Video Series

‘Installing High-Performance Windows,’ the fifth episode in a series of videos on a Passivhaus project, shows the installation of triple-glazed Makrowin windows from Slovakia

Posted on Oct 7 2014 by GBA Team

At the Passivhaus job site in Falmouth, Massachusetts, architect Steve Baczek specified triple-glazed Makrowin windows from Slovakia. The windows were installed as "in-betweenies," and the perimeter of each window was sealed with Siga Wigluv tape.

To make sure that the installations were watertight, each window was tested with a garden hose equipped with a spray nozzle after it was installed.

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GBA Pro members have access to this new video, as well as all of the videos in the Passive HouseA residential building construction standard requiring very low levels of air leakage, very high levels of insulation, and windows with a very low U-factor. Developed in the early 1990s by Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist, the standard is now promoted by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany. To meet the standard, a home must have an infiltration rate no greater than 0.60 AC/H @ 50 pascals, a maximum annual heating energy use of 15 kWh per square meter (4,755 Btu per square foot), a maximum annual cooling energy use of 15 kWh per square meter (1.39 kWh per square foot), and maximum source energy use for all purposes of 120 kWh per square meter (11.1 kWh per square foot). The standard recommends, but does not require, a maximum design heating load of 10 W per square meter and windows with a maximum U-factor of 0.14. The Passivhaus standard was developed for buildings in central and northern Europe; efforts are underway to clarify the best techniques to achieve the standard for buildings in hot climates. video series.

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Here is the link to the “Installing High-Performance Windows” video.

To see Episode One of the series, click here: “Passive House Design.” (The first episode is available to all GBA readers, including non-members.)

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  1. Taunton Press

Oct 8, 2014 7:47 PM ET

nice location
by Hobbit _

Well, it wasn't hard to peg in google-earth: 41.557340,-70.55822
in what looks like a lovely isolated spot on Israel's Cove.

I wonder if it'll be open for tours at some point? The local
NESEA open-house effort seems to be dead, so it would have to
be its own standalone event.


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