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Old 2006-06-28, 06:47 PM
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Has anyone decided to get the Low e windows with their pre construction form? We've been debating on wether or not we should go for it. Anyone have more info on them?
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Decided to go with them for the 'Walkout'...basement windows. Hope it keeps the heat in better.....and the cold out. Fuel prices will keep rising.

Those 9ft seilings will require more heat.
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We opted for them... GGH says there is about 15% savings with them, but we did some research online and found that those savings could actually be upwards of 35%.
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We added the Low E windows from Mattamy as well, we felt it was worth the upgrade.

We did a few other "energy" upgrades:

1) Upgraded efficiency furnance
2) HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator)
3) Low E Windows

We concidered to add full height insulation in the basement, but we couldn't really find much about how much this would save in energy costs.

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We as well went w/ the low e-glass. From some researching on the net, there seemed to be 2 different types, those being hard-coat and soft-coat. The difference translated to greater benefits over the other but I can't remember which one. We really should have asked beforehand but, does anyone know what type of low e-glass GGH has in place?

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GGH uses the Low E windows, filled with Argon Gas.

You may find some more information in this post:
http://www.buildinghomes.ca/communit...ead.php?t=1525
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Has anyone decided to get the Low e windows with their pre construction form? We've been debating on wether or not we should go for it. Anyone have more info on them?

We did not get them. I wonder what square footage of windows in a house the % savings are based on. The square footage would make a big difference.
To save 35% on heating/air conditioning with lo e/ gas filled versus standard thermal windows I think you would have to have 100% of your house all windows.

Between standard thermal and low e / gas filled, you are going up only a small step in effeciency and only for the area of the walls the glass windows cover.

Our house doensn't have a lot of windows comapred to some others so I don't think its worth the $800. It would probably take 20 years to recover the cost.

Houses with a lot of large windows may benefit enough to get them.

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Bill and I got them included for phase three of Wheler's Mill ....no extra charge!

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Bill and I got them included for phase three of Wheler's Mill ....no extra charge!

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This must be new.

For Mattamy on Main, Low-E was an upgrade. Casement was however standard but you had to pay extra for Low-E.

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Casement was however standard but you had to pay extra for Low-E.
Casements are standard throughout the whole house? if so, not bad.
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