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February 27, 2019

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Thin Glass WILL Change High Performance Windows

Alpen thin glass windows set to shake up the high performance window market We’re rolling out triple pane products that are lighter, thinner, and will (eventually) be cheaper. Since the early 1990s, the performance of the vast majority of windows hasn’t really improved much–but now that’s changing, and the market has begun transforming because of

January 31, 2019

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Powerful Glass

The perfect net zero energy solution for EVERY building? Applied to vertical surfaces of buildings, this transparent solar coating turns traditional windows into highly energy efficient and electricity-generating windows. Ubiquitous Energy, a leader in transparent solar technology, has partnered with Alpen High Performance Products to produce the first demonstration commercial window façades with > 1m2

October 25, 2018

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Alpen Technology – Key Component of Boulder Commons Zero Energy Performance

Boulder Commons, a net zero energy development in Colorado, is the home of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Boulder office. The project sets a new paradigm for zero energy lease structures, alternative mobility and high-performance speculative buildings. Alpen fiberglass windows provide a critical element of these two 100,000 square foot NZE/ZE buildings.   Zero energy buildings have

June 18, 2018

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Super Window Could Save Billions

Needless to say, that headline from the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Labs caught our eye! Here’s a link to the DoE’s press release, laying out the fact that “About $20 billion worth of energy leaks out of windows in the United States each winter – and that’s with double-paned insulating windows installed on a majority of

April 23, 2018

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Some (Recent) Passive House Books To Read

A subject that’s near-and-dear to our hearts! It never hurts to (re-)invest time toward learning, so here’s a list of books about Passive House that have been published in the last 4 years. An Introduction to Passive House by J. Bere Positive Energy Homes: Creating Passive Houses for Better Living by R. Brimblecombe and K.

March 17, 2017

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A Headquarters Worthy of its Mission

The Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center in Basalt, Colorado “This building achieves beyond net-zero energy because we have gotten better at choosing and combining technologies to maximize building performance.” –Amory Lovins   The Three Main Design Challenges of the RMI Innovation Center in Basalt, Colorado: Meeting the goal of net zero in one of the

February 16, 2017

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What Does Good Look Like?

Alpen and the Living Building Challenge: What does good look like? That is the question that the Living Building Challenge asks. The living building challenge is just as much about beauty as it is about environmental impact—and one reason why the International Living Future Institute uses the metaphor “Efficient as a flower” to describe its

January 18, 2017

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12 Essential Steps to Net Zero Energy (NZE)

Here’s a great video on “The Twelve Essential Steps to Net Zero Energy“. Thanks to Clifton View Homes on Whidbey Island, WA for doing such a great job describing the basics of NZE.

December 26, 2016

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Holiday Energy Savings Tips

The holidays are in full swing! After buying gifts, food, and sending out festive cards, you may be in the mood to save some (cookie) dough. We understand, so we’ve compiled a few energy savings tips for you to consider during this special time of year.   Use LED lights Although slightly more expensive, the

November 13, 2016

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Door & Window Magazine Cover Shot + Award

Industry Accolades It’s a 10: Alpen excels in 2016 Green Awards from Door & Window Market Magazine–and is showcased on the cover! “Alpen’s Zenith Series ZR10 fixed picture window has now overcome the challenge as both a validated R10 performer and a market-ready product–truly surpassing the DOE’s goals for bringing a market-accessible R10 window technology