The window and door package for a new home is often one of the most expensive product purchases we make during a build. It’s always one of the most important.
Windows provide daylight and views. And they can make a house comfortable and efficient, or not-so-comfortable or efficient. If we don’t get it right the first time around our options are to live with cold spots in our room and wastefully high energy bills, or spend a lot of money to upgrade. The good news is that this is an easily avoidable problem, and that is where we start the show, with a short presentation on choosing windows based largely on the performance criteria found on the National Fenestration Rating Council’s window certification label.
After the presentation we drill down into the specifics of different window types, European windows vs. American products, wood and other frame materials, the carbon impact of windows, and more.
Our panelists are Russ Chapman, Steve Konstantino, and Joe Nickels—Russ is an architectural consultant for Sierra Pacific Windows where he works directly with the architectural and design community to help them best meet client expectations and goals; Steve is the founder and owner of Performance Building Supply and an expert in building science and renewable energy systems; and Joe is general manager of THRIVE Building Solutions which represents Alpen Windows & Doors.
Enjoy the show!
The next show is Thursday, July 23, from 6 to 7:30 pm: The state of the industry. Joins us and an all-star lineup of panelists for a look at the challenges and opportunities to move the building industry forward from improving your next project to encouraging the next generation of building professionals. Check out our panelists bios below and use this link to register for The BS* + Beer Show.
Carl Seville: From the Atlanta area, Carl is a recovered remodeler and green builder who is involved in speaking and education nationally throughout the building industry. Carl now runs SK Collaborative, a firm that consults on and provides green building certification for multifamily and single-family projects throughout the country. He blogs on GBA as the Green Building Curmudgeon, and contributes to JLC, and other building media outlets.
Chris Ermides: From upstate NY, Chris is an editor and producer of pro-level content for This Old House and has been involved in covering residential building as a journalist at Fine Homebuilding, Tools of the Trade, and beyond. Chris is also an experienced carpenter, builder, and remodeler.
Rob Yagid: Rob’s been around home building his entire life and was swinging a hammer in Connecticut when he was hired at Fine Homebuilding where he worked as an editor for many years and launched many of FHBs most successful initiatives include the Pro Home and the Keep Craft Alive program. Rob has moved on from FHB, but he is still the executive director of KCA.
Armando Cobo: Armando is a zero-energy custom home designer and building consultant experienced with the Zero Energy Ready Home program, The Building America Program, Build Green New Mexico, National Home Builders Association’s Green Building Program, and LEED for Homes, among others. He’s designed over 500 homes and built over 200 of them. Armando designs, teaches, trains and consults all over the country.
Phil Kaplan: Phil is an architect in Portland, Maine and principal at Kaplan Thompson Architects. Phil is also a speaker and educator, has a long-time involvement in NESEA, is a co-host of the Green Architects’ Lounge podcast, and has launched an offshoot of Kaplan Thompson architects, Bright Built Homes, focused on cost-effective, high-performance homes and off-site construction.
Brian Pontolilo is a former editor at Fine Homebuilding magazine and Green Building Advisor.
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