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October 6, 2017

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U.S. Government Asks Alpen to Showcase American Sustainability Innovation (again!)

For the last two years, we proudly fulfilled the government’s request to highlight our products for the Department of Commerce’s SABIT Program–part of the International Trade Administration–which showcases cutting-edge, energy efficient construction technologies for a select group of Eurasian delegates. What is SABIT? “SABIT’s Energy Efficiency in Residential and Commercial Construction program aims to give

June 30, 2017

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What is Whole Building Design?

When you think about design and construction, you make think of it in separate sections. Foundation, windows, plumbing, etc. But this is not how modern buildings are designed and built. They first go through a rigorous design process known as whole building design. What is whole building design? The idea behind this process is to

April 26, 2017

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The World Is Watching: Sustainable Development Goals

You may remember the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, created 17 years ago. The results from this global effort were not insignificant, and they’ve now inspired the continuation of effort in the form of the Sustainable Development Goals. Past Success Some successes of the Millennium Development Goals, specifically in regards to environmental sustainability, include: 98%

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 15, 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.

November 20, 2016

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Glass Magazine Talks ZR10

Second Industry Mention of the ZR10 This Month! Alpen receives it’s second Zenith ZR10 mention (in November) from an industry news leader. “The Alpen ZR10 rounds out the company’s existing range of Zenith Series 1025 and 925 double-film high-performance window designs, engineered to provide super insulating properties in both heating- and cooling-dominant climates”   See

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

July 16, 2016

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Why Should I Get Fiberglass Windows?

Are fiberglass windows for you? Yes, and here’s why Fiberglass windows are stronger Fiberglass windows are better insulated Fiberglass windows are extremely low maintenance Fiberglass windows are weather resistant And finally, Alpen can create a custom fiberglass frame just for you Fiberglass Strength Fiberglass is made up of tiny strands tightly bound and bonded to

June 16, 2016

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Keep Your Customers Comfortable and In Your Store

It’s summer time. Time for boardwalks, window shopping, and ice cream stores. Time for sprinklers, live music, and barbeques. And time for the heat to trigger your store’s air conditioning. The Dog Days of Summer Picture it: sun shining, 100 degrees, and no breeze. A nightmare for patrons who thought a trip to Pearl Street