Trying to be green and vinyl windows
I’ve been lurking here – what a great site and articulate, passionate group. We are planning a 1350 sq ft single story house (box) with loft in northern Vermont – a summer/fall vacation home. Infrequent winter visits but would keep the heat at 50. Pretty Good House is our goal (net zero, SIPs, tight house kits, etc. seem too expensive for our area). Tilt & turn feels like overkill so was thinking triple-glazed Marvins wood/aluminum would be good enough, but then became interested in Mathews Brothers “Sanford Hills” line. They look beautiful and energy efficient but are vinyl. I get that they are “better” than the old vinyl windows of yore but my question is can vinyl windows really have a place in green(ish) building, especially if they are not tilt & turns? The reading is confusing on the subject.
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