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I-TEC CORE TECHNOLOGY

WHAT IS I-TEC CORE TECHNOLOGY?

I-Tec Core Technology is a new and innovative technology that is exclusive to Internorm windows. This technology makes the strength of the wood unrivalled. It is consequently, used to design windows that offer more stability, resistance and individuality.

Using the new I-tec core technology, thin, bonded layers of wood are formed at the core of the window. Thus the windows with this core technology become perfect for highly robust roof beams and joists constructions.

The Inner Mechanisms :

This innovative technology of the wood is more resilient and resistant to moisture, as well as being exceptionally solid. The high-tech material is sustainable from the outset and enables larger dimensions thanks to its outstanding load-bearing capacity. Hence, setting new standards in wood construction. That is to say, the wood is stronger than even three-layered bonded spruce and withstands heavy loads where slim cross-sections are required. The multi-layered construction and impregnation make the wood protected against moisture and remains dimensionally stable.

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Internorm’s I-Tec Core Technology Wood

Aesthetics

Despite having an aesthetically slim frame, the I-tec core performs all of the window’s static functions. The unlimited selection of wood renders this technology available in many different types of wood — whatever be the strength. This in turn, unfolds a beautiful range of solid internal timber finishes to compliment the interior design alongside an extensive range of colors and finishes for the external aluminum frame. More importantly, the narrow view of the frame brings more light indoors.

Fittings

The I-tec core windows are compatible with all standard fittings. These fittings are fixed within the core and protected against tannic acid.

Added advantages of I-Tec Core Technology:

 The I-tec core window frame gives increased structural strength hence, adding better resistance to humidity, eliminating warping and distortion associated with traditional timber framed products.

Above all, it uses ecological material- sustainable wood from sustainably managed forests and has a PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of forest certification) seal of approval.

Further technical details of I-tec core window technology are below:

Thermal insulation: Uw as low as 0.64 W/(m2K) 
Sound reduction: Up to 45 dB
Security: RC1N, RC2
Locking: Concealed
Construction depth: 85 mm

Internorm products HF 410 window and HS 330 lift and slide door use the thin-glued timber layers at their core. Certainly, this makes them exclusive products with i-tec core technology and thereby, become highly stable and suitable for roof beams.

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Showcasing Internorm KF405 Window

INTERNORM KF 405 Window

THE INTERNORM KF 405 WINDOW -UPVC OR UPVC/ALUMINUM WINDOW

The Internorm KF 405 window can be of all UPVC in classic white or a combination of UPVC/Aluminum. It has a captivating and a consistent design and comes with a straight, square-edged, narrow window frame. This consequently reflects the minimalistic architectural design of the window. The frame is  flush-mounted both inside and outside — in weather-resistant aluminum on the outside, and low-maintenance UPVC on the inside.

The Technical details:

The window looks almost frameless and modern due to the three sided rendering of the frame . It is also characterized by i-tec glazing with all around bonding of the glass pane. This ensures excellent stability, thermal insulation and security with the locking system being concealed. The thermal insulation and the sound proofing of this window depend upon what the frame is made up of and upon the type of glazing. Inside, it has 2 gaskets in sash profile (stopper gasket and centre gasket) which help with airtightness and thermal insulation. Frame connections are created through butt welding.

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Internorm KF405 Side image

 

Side capture of the KF 405 Internorm window showing it's frame
Internorm KF 405 Window frame

The window frame covers the the opening sash from the outside. Hence, this glass sash makes it look like there is no difference in the outside view between fixed and opening parts.

Protection Systems

Of course, as the other Internorm windows, the KF 405 can also be complemented with sun and insect protection systems.

The venetian blinds give the option of optimal control and deflection of light and heat via adjustable slats. Further, the attachment roller shutter and drop-down fly screen can provide additional protection from sun or insects.

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HF 410

HF 410- ALUMINIUM TIMBER WINDOW

The HF 410 is a puristic Internorm aluminium timber window that meets the highest demands for heat protection. Thin, bonded layers of wood in the core is the technology of HF 410.

This profile is especially suitable for homes located near waterfronts, areas of high humidity and damp climates. The innovative laminated veneer lumber (LVL) core is humidity-resistant and is considerably less susceptible to expansion and contraction compared to a traditional solid wood core. Due to the high rigidity of the product attained by the LVL property, the windows can be built in larger sizes.

The angular design creates a diminished appearance — With weather-resistant aluminium on the outside, and a natural timber surface on the inside.

With new Internorm technology at its core in the form of the stable I-tec Core and an extremely weatherproof aluminium shell on the exterior, it ensures a high level of resistance and strength. The sash and the frame are insulated with foam, further improving its energy efficiency and sound reduction. I-tec Glazing ensures excellent stability, thermal insulation, and security due to the all-round bonding of the glass pane.

Stable core- I-Tec Core

The new I-tec Core features laminated veneer lumber (LVL) at the core of the window frame. This technology is typically used for stable roof beams and supports due to its high load-bearing capacity and incredible strength. Wood is a material particularly susceptible to expansion and contraction as temperatures change each season. However, I-tec Core eliminates this common issue.

“Energy Genius” award for HF 410

Internorm was awarded the “Energy Genius 2016” prize for its timber/aluminium HF 410 window.

Check out the product details here.

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NET-ZERO HOMES

What are Net-Zero Homes?

Net-Zero Homes are alternative green building structures which are on the rise in order to tackle the climate change emergency. These homes are strategically designed to cut down the green-house gas (GHG) emissions. In fact, these emissions are the principle polluters. From leaving the lights on unaware to blasting the thermostat non-stop to using innumerable energy consuming appliances and devices, humans have done it all and caused the harm.

We’ve heard about the fact that 40% of the GHG is from the buildings. The International Energy Agency (IEA) unfolds here in detail about how these emissions are impacting the environment. It is upon us to set this straight before the apocalypse.

Net-Zero buildings are proving to be long-term sustainable solutions to tackle the pressing climate change issue.

How do NZE homes function?

The International Living Future Institute defines Net Zero Energy (NZE) as “One hundred percent of the project’s energy needs being supplied by on-site renewable energy on a net annual basis.”

NZE homes are designed to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions and reduce the use of combustion fuels. These homes use renewable and clean energy with almost a zero consumption of fossil fuels. They also use sustainable quality products that pass the Passivehaus standards.

What are the essential elements that make a Net-Zero home?

Although Net-Zero homes aren’t just regular homes with solar panels, the strategic utilization of photovoltaic solar panels is a crucial factor that make these homes.

Other elements that could add to making up a NZE home are:

  • Thick, well insulated and air tight wall structures that cut down both heating and cooling
  • LED lighting (Light Emitting Diode) which reduces about 75%-90% of energy.
  • Thick, large, triple glazed open windows that provide better natural lighting and ventilation.
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Chelsah Thomas and her husband built their dream home using passive house principles and solar energy, to live sustainably and self-sufficiently. This is Alberta’s first “damn near” Passive Solar Net Zero Home and is one of NeuFenster’s proud projects.

Are these homes very expensive?

Usually, the cost of a NZE seems to be about 25k higher than the standard homes. This would be a small amount that will be balanced out by the negligible energy bills over the next few decades. All of this, by choosing to live harmoniously with nature without adding to the massive carbon footprint.

It is good news that the NZE homes are rising even with lot of reluctance and skepticism by the builders. According to a new report by the Net-Zero Energy Coalition, in 2016, 33 percent more net-zero units were built across the U.S. and Canada than the previous year. The 8,023 new single-family and multifamily units will eliminate the equivalent of 16,406 cars and 77,929 tons of CO2 emissions each year, versus buildings that met code compliance.

In conclusion, Net-Zero homes are energy efficient, climate-friendly and carbon-free. These are perfect dwellings and provide a safe and healthy environment inside as well as outside the homes. Rising against the tide and standing tall, but compatible with nature is the most needed sustainable approach today.

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How do Passive House windows reduce your energy expenses?

PASSIVE HOUSE WINDOWS

How do Passive House windows reduce your energy expenses?

A Passive House is thoughtfully designed to reduce energy consumption by 90% in a home. It improves the air quality, insulation, durability, and overall comfort experienced in a home. The design takes into account the functional elements within a home and it’s external environment to produce a harmonious and a self-sufficient building. The Passive House standard has also been applied to windows and doors to meet the stringent construction requirements.

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Passive House Window Technology

Sun orientation, solar heat gain, airtightness, thermal bridging, heat recovery, cross ventilation and superior insulation are the fundamental principles distinguishing Passive House technology.

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The Passive house standard, developed in Europe, has revolutionized the construction and performance of European windows and doors. This certification requires windows to meet a ‘U value’ below 0.8 W/m²K, far outperforming the average North American triple-glazed window which can reach only 1.3 W/m²K.

U Value

The ‘U value’ is a measure of the window or door’s overall level of conductivity (frame and glazing). In other words, it is the ability to keep heat and cold out. It indicates the difference between the exterior and interior temperature of the window. If the U value is lower, the performance and insulation properties of the window is higher. For example, on a -30°C winter day, the glass temperature of a high-performance window will remain steady at 20°C, avoiding unwanted heat loss and expensive heating bills.

The use of non-conductive materials, such as UPVC and the construction of innovative chamber significantly improve the thermal efficiency of the window profile. Therefore, both warm and cool temperatures are regulated keeping the interior room temperatures stable and comfortable.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Glazing and sun-orientation are two key factors that allow a home to reap the benefits of natural heat sources which significantly reduce both energy consumption and heat loss.

The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) indicates the amount of heat gained and transmitted through the glass when exposed to direct solar contact.

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Increasing or reducing the SHGC for rooms that lack or allow too much natural sunlight into the home can have a significant impact on energy efficiency. During winter, an increased SHGC allows more heat to be transmitted into the home. It is a cost-effective and convenient means of stabilizing indoor temperatures. The orientation of the sun is an important consideration in Passive House and Net Zero home design. This greatly affects the distribution of heat and energy consumption.

These amazing benefits of passive house windows result in negligible energy bills. They also reduce the ecological footprint of the buildings. If we want to strike a balance between urban development and climate change, this is definitely the way to go.

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Differences between PVC and UPVC

PVC vs. UPVC WINDOWS

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and UPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride) are two types of vinyl. They are widely used in the construction industry as they are versatile and flexibile . Due to their flexibility, they can be converted into various shapes.

However, they serve different functions. PVC is often used to make siding and fences, while UPVC is used for window and door construction. PVC is not suitable for window and door construction because of its chemical composition.

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Properties of PVC

PVC is banned in Europe and in all toy products in the United States due to its toxic properties. PVC contains phthalates and BPA, which are chemical compounds. They are used to plasticize vinyl which, in turn, gives PVC its renowned flexibility. As a result, PVC is more porous and requires more maintenance over a period of time. Therefore, PVC is not often used in window and door construction.

Additionally, Phthalates and BPA are harmful to the environment and to our health, especially when the chemicals become airborne in the event of a fire. PVC emits toxic fumes that can cause damage to several organ systems when exposed to high temperatures. Nonetheless,  PVC is still widely used in North America, as there are fewer environmental standards and restrictions compared to Europe.

Properties of UPVC

UPVC refers to unplasticized polyvinyl chloride. As the name suggests, it does not contain phthalates or BPA, and hence is a safe product for the environment while still maintaining the benefits of a vinyl window frame. UPVC is a robust material, widely used in the manufacturing of windows due to its thermal efficiency and durability.

UPVC offers several additional benefits:

  • Less porous surface significantly reduces maintenance
  • High energy efficiency
  • Increased lifespan to last decades
  • Rigid and does not flex
  • High impact resistance
  • Bright white frame and will maintain its color over time
  • Recyclable material
Comparison

PVC

  • Flexible Material
  • Low Cost
  • More porous, requires more maintenance
  • Less Durable
  • Contains Toxins: Phthalates and BPA
  • Limited Color Choices

UPVC

  • Low Cost
  • Maintenance-free
  • High Durability and Longevity
  • Environmentally Friendly: Recyclable, No Phthalates or BPA
  • Limited Color Choices

Our UPVC Windows and Doors at Internorm:

We only use UPVC in our vinyl windows and doors to offer high-performance and safe products to our clients. Here, you can choose between white UPVC or UPVC with an aluminum clad exterior for more color options.

UPVC is an excellent choice for windows and doors as it is energy efficient, durable and cost effective. The low conductivity of UPVC windows minimizes heat transfer in warmer climates and provides excellent thermal insulation in cooler conditions.

Make an informed decision about the choice of materials best suited for your home’s location, local climate, environment and architecture. The right material can make a world of difference.

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GASKETS FOR AIRTIGHT WINDOWS

What are window and door gaskets?

Gaskets are mechanical seals which fills the space between two or more mating surfaces, generally to prevent leakage from or into the joined objects while under compression. A gasket seals the sash to the frame so as to prevent anything from entering the window or door. Things like dust, debris, air, water, etc can accumulate in the window frames due to inefficient sealing of the windows.

The number of gaskets within the window system can have a great effect on the durability of the hardware, as well as the window’s overall energy efficiency.

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How do gaskets contribute to the weatherproofing of your home?

Weather Protection

Gasket #1 – The first gasket seals and protects the sash from the elements. High-performance, especially passive house windows, improve a home’s air quality due to their superior airtight structure. This airtight property of Internorm windows prevent dust, allergens, and air from permeating through the gasket, therefore eliminating the presence of condensation and mould. Lastly, the chamber between gasket #1 and gasket #2 drains water through weep holes to keep your home dry and healthy.

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Durability

Gasket #2 – Most manufacturers offer only 2 gaskets, which has downsides. It causes difficulties while operating the window over a course of time. Water might continuously fall and corrode the hardware. Internorm goes above the industry norm to provide maximum durability with 3 continuous gaskets. Gasket #2 protects the hardware from moisture and hence, avoiding rust and other functional issues resulting from long-term exposure to water or humidity. Proper sealing makes for easy window cleaning and very little maintenance.

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Maximum Comfort

Gasket #3 – The final seal ensures a calm and comfortable interior with improved sound reduction values and stable temperatures. Enjoy peace and quiet with sound reduction up 47 dB! The chamber construction along with the triple glazing and gasket system optimize thermal transmission with consistent temperatures throughout your home all year round.

Sit comfortably next to your windows without drafts.

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A peek into the performance of European windows and North-American windows

 Windows are indispensable components of homes and buildings. Every homeowner or a builder will invest time, energy and money in buying good quality windows and doors for their properties. 

In the windows and doors market, there are two main types of windows that have been prominent. They are the North American Windows and the European windows.
Climate, energy costs and energy policies have influenced the two continents to manufacture windows and doors differently. These impact the long-term performance of the windows.

Points of comparison between the European windows and North American windows:

 

Energy Efficiency

The European windows have been tested for higher standards in energy conservation and product quality. They have stood the test of time and proved to be more efficient. They are eco-friendly as they strictly adhere to the Passivhaus standards and hence, reduce the building’s ecological footprint.
The high energy costs in Europe has prompted the designers and technicians to use maximum natural resources of sun and air. European windows can be regulated to allow maximum circulation of air between the exterior and the interior of a home. The warm air is allowed to escape out and the cool air is allowed to enter in through various features.
The North American windows come with limited options for tapping the energy for self-sufficiency. The other major factor in prompting little innovation in sustainable mechanisms of the windows is cheaper energy costs.

Thermal efficiency

More number of glass panes used, better the insulating property. European windows are better resistant to condensation which reduces the energy consumption especially, in colder climates.
While most North American windows use double pane windows, European windows either have triple panes or even quadruple panes along with integrated blinds.
Although recently, the North American windows have been using triple panes, they have smaller spaces between them compared to the European ones. Hence, they are less resilient to the outer climate.

The use of non-conductive materials in the European windows – UPVC, Low-E glass and a low U-value improve the thermal efficiency of the window panes. UPVC windows reduce the infrared and UV rays that penetrate through the glass, without minimizing the amount of light that enters the house. This keeps the heat out in summer and prevents the indoor heat from escaping during winter. This  reduces the energy loss by 30-50%. On the other hand, North American windows mostly use PVC and non-Low-E glass which are conductors of heat.

Design

The European windows and doors come in a variety of styles. They are large and fill huge open spaces. They are tilt and turn windows in minimalistic, modern or classic style.
On the other hand, the North American windows are more of a traditional design- double-hung colonial style commonly manufactured from float glass.

Cost

This is the most important factor that decisions are based upon. Although the initial purchase and installment cost of European windows seem greater, the energy savings and their average durability of 60-70 years outweighs the initial cheaper costs of the North American windows. 


In conclusion, the above exemplary features of the European windows give them an edge over the North American windows. The European windows have no longer remained within the four walls of the European homes. Instead, they have been making their way into the North American walls as well as into the homes of the other parts of the world due to their high performance and sustainable approach. These are real windows of opportunities for us to make responsible and sustainable choices in protecting our planet.

Internorm by NeüFenster are the exclusive distributors of European windows across Canada. Contact us now to schedule a showroom tour with the knowledgeable staff of NeuFenster or request a quote for your customized windows/door requirements.

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