In fact Internorm windows are designed and built in Austria, a perfect fit for cold climates like ours in Canada, there are also 4 different design styles of tilt and turn windows that are available you can certainly find the design style that would best suit your home and your taste.
Studio - STRAIGHT-LINED Tilt and Turn with triple glazing
The clear form language and the reduced design of the studio windows blend in with modern architecture and allow sophisticated, technological high-quality details.
The primarily flush-mounted systems are seamlessly integrated into a consistent design — fixed triple glazing and sash designs can thus be handled directly in the outside view. The installation variant with a frame integrated into the brickwork on three sides leaves only the glass pane visible. HF410 Studio is one of the best sellers in the studio line
Home Pure – PURISTIC Tilt and Turn with triple glazing
A straight-lined, edgy form language and the modern design of the home pure windows emphasize the design concepts in question. The offset systems fit perfectly with purist architecture and demonstrate a slick connection between modern living and harmony.
Home pure stands for a high level of quality and design awareness. You can still be creative — the windows give you quality of life and a feeling of comfort. The HV350 Home Pure with integrated blinds is a great example
Home – Soft ELEGANT Tilt and Turn with triple glazing
The harmonious form language and the soft-line design of the home soft windows complement architectures that set subtle accents. Rounded edges create harmonious, round details in window design.
With supported and integrated Georgian/feature bars, the extensive Georgian/feature bar range allows you to set accents in the design of the inside and the façade. The HF410 Home Soft with LVL frame is a popular choice
Ambiente - SUBTLY ORNATE Tilt and Turn with triple glazing
The ambiente design style offers the right options for renovating old buildings or new buildings with the corresponding architecture. The classic form language and the traditional design of ambiente windows give architecture a special character.
An extensive range of Georgian/feature bars with supported and integrated Georgian/feature bars in various widths, along with gold and lead Georgian/feature bars, gives you a wide range of options for addressing your individual needs. The HV350 Ambiente is available with integrated blinds
This question comes up often with our customers; also don’t Canadian and American manufacturers offer quality windows and doors?
There are thousands of window and door manufacturers in North America, each of them offering different quality products. The main reason our customers want to use a European window in their home is to achieve a higher level of comfort and overall better quality of life that our windows and doors provide.
Triple glazed Internorm windows are roughly 300% more efficient compared to North American double glazed low-e argon windows. Therefore there is no condensation on our glass, no convection of cold air interior of the home, far superior sound proofing, better ventilation and easier access to clean the windows form the inside of the house.
All these benefits for at about the same cost of what is considered a quality North American window but with a far superior performance, quality and durability.
8 of Internorm windows are Passive House Certified; please see our complete line up of Passive House Certified tilt and turn windows
Internorm is the market leader among European door and window manufacturers with over 1500 retailers and 1800 employees. Manufacturing tilt and turn windows, lift and slide doors and proper European entrance doors for over 85 years.
Internorm manufacturers passive house certified triple glazed windows and doors.
Their entire product line harmonized so that you can mix and match different materials inside the house. Internorm introduced triple glazed and triple seals on all of their windows in 1979.
Today, they are available in North America through NeuFenster doors and windows located in Montreal. Our quoting and technical department has been trained by Internorm in Europe. Feel free to contact us with any technical requests or quote requests.
The passive house – sustainable investment
A passive house provides consistent, comfortable temperatures in winter, as well as in summer without using conventional heating or air conditioning systems. Using the existing temperature provided through solar irradiation through the windows as well as the heat of appliances and occupants is sufficient since the heating energy necessary for a passive house is only 10% of that needed for a conventional house.
Cost reduction & environmental protection
As the energy demands of a passive house are reduced by up to 90% heating costs and consequently also CO2 emissions can be reduced drastically – compared to a conventionally constructed building, on average 4.000 kg of greenhouse relevant carbon monoxide are avoided each year. This corresponds to driving about 27.000 km with a 6 liter car. As a consequence constructing energy efficient passive houses supports climate protection sustainability and saves on limited resources, such as oil or gas.
THE CONCEPT FOR WINDOWS IN PASSIVE HOUSES
This results in an annual heating demand of not more than 15 kW/m2 a. The overall energy demand including warm water and household electricity for a passive house is less than 120 kWh/ m2 a. The heating load of a passive house is not more than 10 %/ m2, for a room of 30 m2, this results in a heating load of approximately 300 watts – just to illustrate: the heating power of a tea candle is 30 watts already. This means that 10 tea candles are enough to heat 30 m2 in a passive house. These extraordinary savings are rooted in the two basic principles of avoiding thermal loss and optimizing thermal gain.
Due to very good insulation the heat stays inside the building, all surrounding surfaces are equally warm. For this reason there is no radiation asymmetry (heat radiation) originating from exterior walls in a passive house and resulting drought phenomena are avoided. The reverse conclusion is that heat stays outside in summer to avoid overheating. This means that in a passive house a consistent, pleasant indoor climate is retained throughout the whole year – this provides a high degree of comfort for the occupants. Passive houses also make use of highly sufficient air conditioning systems to prevent mold growth, dust and any resulting allergies.
In the recent years, more and more European window and door manufacturers have surfaced in North America to provide a Passive House certified or Passive house rated product.
You may be wondering why people choose a European window in Canada or in the US. Are North American windows not good enough for our climate?
Simply, the answer is NO, the fact is that most European manufactured windows and doors especially windows from German or Austrian manufacturers outperform North American windows 3 to 1. The rising cost of energy and environmental concerns have been driving the European window and door manufacturers to build superior quality and very high performance windows and doors.
The European triple glazed windows carry a 48mm-54mm glazing as opposed to 24mm-26mm thermo glazing that we find in North American windows.
The North American casement type and double hung windows simply don’t have the strength to support the weight of 3 X 6MM triple glazed thermos that are offered by German and Austrian window manufacturers.
So, who is purchasing European windows today in North America?
Customer’s that care about their comfort, the durability of their windows and the overall performance of their doors and windows.
High quality European doors and windows are here to stay, there are more and more customers that demand better quality building products and are tired of wasting their money on cheap building products.
Price isn’t everything! Cheap windows are the worst investment you can make, remember windows and doors are the weakest element of the insulating envelope of the house. Inefficient windows will lose more heat in the winter and allow your home to gain more heat in the summer. Here are the 10 reasons why you should consider investing in a quality windows and doors.
Cost of Energy: The reduced cost of heating and cooling your home over the years will offset the extra investment to purchase quality windows and doors in the first place.
Mechanical factor: Your heat pump and air conditioner will not be running overtime, this will reduce the cost of ownership and maintenance of these mechanical components.
Extra comfort: Temperature will be more even throughout the house even near the windows and large glass surfaces as well. When the outside temperature is -20 Celsius, a standard Low-e argon glass will have an interior temperature of only 6 Celsius, a 48mm European triple pane glass in the same environment will have an interior temperature near 20 Celsius, therefore reducing convection of cold air interior and condensation on the glass.
CO2 emissions in the environment: 40 % of CO2 in the atmosphere today originate from heating and cooling houses; we can reduce this by 90%-100% with proper building methods and by using quality windows and doors.
Durability: Unlike cheap windows that have a 10-15 year lifespan, quality windows and doors should last several generations.
Aesthetics: Premium windows and doors offer an unparalleled beauty to your home. You will enjoy not only looking through them but also looking at them.
Soundproofing: A quite home improves your quality of life; premium windows and doors will allow very little sound in or out, Internorm’s triple pane glass performs as low as 36 decibels.
Safety: Quality windows and doors are ultimate in safety for all the occupants of the house, Internorm’s windows and doors are equipped with multi-point locking systems which offer the ultimate in safety against intruders as well as egress in case of an emergency.
Warranty and serviceability: Internorm’s premium quality doors and windows offer a 30 year warranty. Parts are available for the entire product line for decades, making them one of the most serviceable windows and doors on the market today.
Resale value: Investing in quality windows and doors will increase the overall value of your home; even decades later quality building materials are recognized by home buyers and real estate professionals. It is easier to sell a quality built home for premium value.
RénoVert Tax Credit Extension of the RénoVert tax credit The period of eligibility for the RénoVert tax credit has been extended to March 31, 2018, for all recognized work other than the construction, renovation, modification or rebuilding of a system for the discharge, collection and disposal of waste water, toilet effluents or grey water in accordance with the requirements set out in the Regulation respecting waste water disposal systems for isolated dwellings.
For more information, click RénoVert Tax Credit Extended to 2018.
This refundable tax credit has been introduced on a temporary basis to encourage individuals to invest in recognized eco-friendly home renovation work that has a positive environmental impact or improves their dwelling's energy efficiency.
You can claim the credit if you have recognized eco-friendly home renovation work done to a dwelling you own or co-own that is your principal residence or a winterized cottage that you normally occupy. The initial construction of the dwelling must have been completed before January 1, 2016, and the dwelling must be one of the following:
The amount of the tax credit you can claim in respect of an eligible dwelling corresponds to 20% of the portion of your eligible expenses paid after March 17, 2016, and before October 1, 2017, that exceeds $2,500, up to a maximum tax credit of $10,000.
Note Eligible expenses are all those which are related to the recognized eco-friendly renovation work, such as:
New rebate for installations of triple-glazed windows, insulation and tankless water heaters By Michelle Bellefontaine, CBC News Posted: Apr 18, 2017 12:18 PM MT Last Updated: Apr 18, 2017 5:24 PM MT
Energy Efficiency Alberta CEO Monica Curtis (right) speaks to the media Tuesday as Environment Minister Shannon Phillips listens. (CBC)
Alberta homeowners who are planning to upgrade their homes with new insulation, triple-glazed windows or tankless water heaters this spring can qualify for a new rebate worth up to $3,500.
People can get back as much as $1,000 on a water heating system, $1,500 on window upgrades and a maximum of $3,500 for insulation.
Details of the program were posted on the Energy Efficiency Alberta website. The site went offline Tuesday afternoon due to "high volumes," Alberta Environment said in a tweet.
People can qualify for the rebate as long as they use approved Alberta contractors who will will be listed on the Energy Efficiency Alberta website on April 28, the day the program launches.
To be listed, contractors must be registered in Alberta and have at least three years' experience and Workers' Compensation coverage for their employees. They also have to take a course on how to explain the program to homeowners and help them with the paperwork.
The government says the company won the $5-million, two-year contract through a request for proposals. No bids were received from Alberta companies.
"Alberta is new to energy-efficiency program implementation and therefore there is not a deep bench of experienced providers available in the province at this point in time," said Monica Curtis, chief executive officer of Energy Efficiency Alberta.
The home improvement rebate is one part of the $24-million Residential Retail Products Program.
More parts of the program will be announced in the coming weeks.
Your brand new GREEN BUILT HOUSE probably has TOXIC PVC windows. PVC windows have been banned in EU decades ago.
Toxic materials are still being used in new construction today in North America that should have been banned a long time ago. In fact it's pretty much the building standard today.
It is also potentially one of the most hazardous plastics around. PVC’s major problems are at the beginning and end of its life. During the manufacturing process, its basic constituents, such as ethylene chloride and vinyl chloride, are released as gases into the atmosphere. They are carcinogenic, and can also cause liver, kidney and nerve damage.
Worse still, when PVC is disposed of - say, by incineration - it releases dioxin, one of the world’s most toxic substances.
PVC also contains a wide range of toxic additives, in particular, heavy-metal stabilizers, fungicides and ‘plasticizes’. Plasticizers are phthalates, which are now believed to contribute to the off-gassing problem, and contribute to vinyl’s characteristic smell. Most phthalates are used to soften PVC, but some are added as hardeners to prevent the PVC becoming brittle - for example, as window frames.
Animal studies show that phthalates are as toxic as PVC itself, causing cancer, thyroid and kidney diseases, possibly due to their effects on the endocrine system. Being fat-soluble, they also tend to accumulate in the body. Steps have already been taken to ban phthalates from plastic nipples on baby-bottles, children’s toys and plastic tubing for hospital use. And wider prohibitions cannot be far behind.
A Danish-Swedish team recently studied over 10,000 children and found that phthalates may be a major factor behind the dramatic increase in childhood asthma and allergy. They found that asthmatic children lived in homes with the highest concentrations of phthalates in the house dust (Environ Health Perspect, 2004; online 15 July).
In 1995, Sweden banned all PVC products, and Denmark has imposed a tax on all PVC products and phthalates. Over 150 communities in Europe have already banned PVC or have policies to phase out its use in public buildings.
The EU has banned three of the chemicals used in PVC. These products have also a very short life span (10-15 years)
The production of PVC is one of the main sources of dioxin. Dioxin is thought to be the most toxic human-made chemical – the most potent carcinogen, and implicated in emphysema, disruption of the endocrine system, impaired child development, birth defects, neurotoxicity (damage to the brain or its function), and immune system suppression. Dioxin is a persistent bio accumulative toxin (PBT) – it does not break down rapidly and travels around the globe, accumulating in fatty tissue and concentrating as it goes up the food chain. Dioxin exposure poses a risk of cancer thousands of times greater than the usual standard for acceptable risk. Dioxins concentrate in breast milk to the point that human infants now receive high doses, far bigger than for the average adult.
UPVC is a SAFE PRODUCT
UPVC is polyvinyl chloride without the plasticizers. It remains highly durable and stays rigid instead of flexing, making it a common wood replacement. It's also fire resistant and recyclable. It also lacks any serious toxins or radiation—the chemicals used to transform it into PVC are what create the toxins.
UPVC is a product made of natural rare materials (57% salt and 43% oil) and it is 100% safe. In fact, it is widely used in medicine in the manufacture of catheters and blood bags.
It is safe in other ways too. Windows made from UPVC create a 'safe' indoor environment, free from dust and noise pollution. It is safe from the ecological point of view. The manufacture of UPVC requires minimal use of energy, far less than the energy spent in the manufacture of aluminium or steel.
UPVC is also a highly durable material with 50-60 year lifespan, it is also recyclable up to 7 times and it’s fireproof and non-toxic.
UPVC windows retain their glossy surface throughout their lifespan, they are not porous and do not absorb dirt and grime. UPVC windows are easy to clean with warm soapy water.
High-end UPVC windows are about 30%-50% more expansive than the CHEAP PVC windows, but when considering their lifespan and efficiency they are the least expensive product you can choose over time.
Over 25 years experience in the high end retail and wholesale of windows and doors. 6 years of experience importing European Passive House windows and doors.