Industry Insights

Indoor-Outdoor Living with Energy Efficiency in Mind

A 90-degree multi-slide glass door opens up two different rooms to a covered outdoor space.

Energy cost savings, especially in hot climates, are a key reason homeowners look at high performance options when considering windows and doors. And builders can differentiate their homes through indoor-outdoor living options that go beyond aesthetics to deliver on energy efficiency and functionality.

Western Window Systems’ Performance Line products address energy and structural requirements, including California’s Title 24 requirements, while promoting contemporary design. They provide the thin profiles and large, unobstructed panels that architects favor; the custom options, enhancements to ease installation, and premium hardware that dealers need; and the comfort and energy-cost savings homeowners want.

In the ReNEWable Living Home near Orlando, developed by Meritage Homes in partnership with Hanley Wood’s Builder magazine and Arizona-based BSB Design, the team chose to use a Series 7600 Multi-Slide Door in a 90-degree configuration that opens up two different rooms to a covered outdoor space.

“The Series 7600 Multi-Slide helps create sanctuary for the homeowners through the indoor-outdoor living spaces it helps create,” says Erick Felsch, national accounts manager for Western Window Systems’ Volume Program. “That’s balanced by the 7600 being one of the strongest, most energy-efficient products of its kind on the market today.”

The Series 7600 Multi-Slide Door features a .30 U-value for standard, low-E, argon-filled dual-paned glass. A thermally broken sill helps reduce energy consumption, which is a bonus for Florida homeowners.

Similarly, Toll Brothers chose to consider energy efficiency for their homes at luxury home community Turquesa in Scottsdale, Arizona. The heat of the Arizona desert made energy performance a critical part of the design, answered by the use of the Series 7600 Multi-Slide Door and the Series 7950 Bi-Fold Door. The incorporation of fully opening walls gives the homes a resort-like feel, while the high-performance products allowed the builder to meet high standards for efficiency – even in the southwest.

The Series 7950 Bi-Fold Door also has a .30 U-factor for standard, low-E, argon-filled dual-paned glass, plus a signature aluminum extrusion design utilizing proprietary Insulbar technology that further reduces energy consumption.

Balancing those memorable indoor-outdoor living features with the strength and energy performance homeowners require has more and more builders considering high performance products for their homes.

To learn more about Western Window Systems’ performance products, contact your sales representative or visit https://westernwindowsystems.com/vp.