Project team members worked with the AWA to define a broad range of products from a simple window with a single pane of clear glass in an aluminum frame to a "superwindow
" with triple glazing, argon gas, and low-emissivity coatings on multiple surfaces.
It will also typically achieve multiple benefits from single expenditures -- a superwindow
gets 10 kinds of benefits; a premium motor or dimming ballast gives about 18 each.
" has special powers but it isn't made of kryptonite.
Energy examples include such things as hypercars, passive solar buildings, superwindow
retrofits, super-refrigerators, low-energy beef, and redesigned fans, pumps and motors.
" with three or more layers of glazing and low-e coatings can eliminate condensation.
The president of SuperWindows
in Martinez, Calif., purchased three battery-operated job clocks from Exaktime (www.exaktime.com) and attached them to storage containers on his jobsites.
Hunter Lovins's two-part article ["Mobilizing Energy Solutions," January 28 (mistakenly titled "Supply-Side Stupor"), and "Energy Forever," February 11], the solution is simple, apolitical, and painless: "Policy tweaking" and innovations such as superwindows
and Hypercars[TM] can turn gas-guzzling America into a cost- and energy-efficient nirvana.
Natural Gas: Install a programmable thermostat and set the heat to lower temps at night or when you're not at home, insulate your attic, put an insulating wrap around your water heater, and consider purchasing energy-efficient "superwindows
" and a 97-percent energy-efficient furnace.
," which insulate two to four times as well as triple
Similar coordinating benefits are achieved in many integrated engineering designs by using superwindows
, daylighting devices, and alternative HVAC designs that regulate the temperature of the people as opposed to the spaces.
Refuge oil could be displaced by making 4 percent of the light-vehicle fleet as efficient as the 48-mpg Prius hybrid-electric sedan, by making a fraction of car and light-truck replacement tires as efficient as the originals, or by putting superwindows
into a fraction of U.S.
Or that similar savings can be gained by installing high-tech, triple-paned gas-filled "superwindows