Door, Skylight Focus on Energy-Efficiency

by Kacey Larsen

The following product received the most reader inquiries in September on

The D1 Decorative Aluminum Doors from Glo European Windows are custom crafted to meet a variety of functional and aesthetic requirements. With 48 standard door panels available, the aluminum doors match many style preferences and custom configurations are offered; 180 colors from the RAL color wheel provide a wide selection to chose from. Premium hardware and decorative and recessed handles are included, and five door handles options are offered in seven sizes, ranging from 16 to 63 in.

Aesthetics are one component; thermal performance of Glo European Windows’ Decorative Aluminum Doors is the other key design element. Frame and insulation options are available with and without glazing options for thermal performance between R7 to R15. Glazing options with Solar Heat Gain Coefficients ranging from 0.28 -0.63. Glo European Windows has a focus on improving the performance of building envelopes by developing and manufacturing high-performance windows and doors.


The following product received the most reader inquiries in the July issue of Qualified Remodeler:

Skylights provide an alternative option for bringing natural light into a home, and ODL’s Tubular Skylights, by using its dome optics, ensure natural light streams in even when the sun is low in the sky using its dome optics. The company’s patented dome optics redirect light to maximize the levels streaming into a home. A 10-in.-diameter Tubular Skylight lights up to 150 sq. ft. while the 14-in.-diameter version lights up to 300 sq. ft. Designed for shingle and tile roofs, the skylights can be installed on flat or sloped roofs, and can be used in homes with cathedral ceilings. Three diffuser styles are offered as accessories to better fit a home’s style and décor and present options for brighter, softer or broader streams of light.

ODL’s Tubular Skylights can be used to meet Energy Star and NAHB National Green Building Standard specifications. The product also allows less solar heat gain in warmer climates and less heat loss in colder climates compared to traditional skylights. Because the Tubular Skylights absorb nearly all UV rays, furniture, flooring and carpeting are protected from fading due to sunlight through the skylight. Composite/asphalt, formable and aluminum flashings are available to correspond to the type and material of roof on a home.




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