AGNORA LUXURY RESIDENTIAL

SOLAR CONTROL AND THERMAL PERFORMANCE

Creating the perfect balance of light, heat, and an effective barrier between a luxury home's interior and the exterior elements is a balance. Effective window design accounts for a variety of factors, such as desired light and heat gain, a dwellings orientation, and other characteristics such as wind load.

When reaching oversized window dimensions, these factors compound, requiring fabricators to provide solutions that are often outside of the norm. But these are luxury homes, what's normal about them?

THICKER GLASS

As windows increase in overall size, so to does the requirement for thicker glass to limit deflection caused by loads such as wind, and minimize breakage. We work with you to understand the location of the dwelling and determine the pound per square foot (PSF) values that your window must withstand.
AGNORA provides monolithic glass up to 3/4″ (19mm) thick with sizes up to 130″ x 300″ (3.3 x 7.6m) to satisfy any thickness requirement.

Additionally, our automated lamination line allows us to merge two lites together to increase overall thickness. This is a cost effective alternative to thick monolithic glass, reducing costs by up to 55% (3/4″ | 19mm tempered vs. 3/8″ | 0.030 PVB | 3/8″ annealed laminate). Lamination fulfills additional benefits including the ability to combine two different glass types and coatings allow for dynamic changes to desired performance, and UV resistance.

DOUBLE & TRIPLE GLAZED IGU’s

Did you know that the biggest impact on thermal performance (i.e. keeping the interior and exterior temperature separate) is creating space between the panes of glass?

For example, to attain a similar thermal performance value (U-Value)  1.4-1.7 𝑊/𝑚2°𝐶, you would require up to 27″ (700mm) of glass.  However, using a double IGU with a Low-e coating (1/4″/1/4″ | 6mm/6mm) will provide the same value while only being approximately 1″ (24mm) thick.  That’s a reduction of 97%!

Increasing the number of spaces from 0-to-1 and 1-to-2 (i.e. double or triple IGUs) can further reduce losses by up to 50% (in argon filled, Low-E single surface coating double and triple IGU’s).

Without question, increasing the number of cavities in IGU is the most effective way to keep the outside out, and the inside in.  Air and argon are not the best conductors of heat energy and increasing the overall capacity better mitigates energy transfer.

AGNORA is able to produce IGUs up to 130″ x 236″ (3.3 x 6m) on its automated IGU line with argon gas, and up to 130″ x 300″ (3.3 x 7.6m) with standard dry air.  Optionally, beyond 130″ x 236″ (3.3 x 6m) argon may be added manually.

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DOUBLE & TRIPLE GLAZED IGU’s

Did you know that the biggest impact on thermal performance (i.e. keeping the interior and exterior temperature separate) is creating space between the panes of glass?

For example, to attain a similar thermal performance value (U-Value)  1.4-1.7 𝑊/𝑚2°𝐶, you would require up to 27″ (700mm) of glass.  However, using a double IGU with a Low-e coating (1/4″/1/4″ | 6mm/6mm) will provide the same value while only being approximately 1″ (24mm) thick.  That’s a reduction of 97%!

Increasing the number of spaces from 0-to-1 and 1-to-2 (i.e. double or triple IGUs) can further reduce losses by up to 50% (in argon filled, Low-E single surface coating double and triple IGU’s).

Without question, increasing the number of cavities in IGU is the most effective way to keep the outside out, and the inside in.  Air and argon are not the best conductors of heat energy and increasing the overall capacity better mitigates energy transfer.

AGNORA is able to produce IGUs up to 130″ x 236″ (3.3 x 6m) on its automated IGU line with argon gas, and up to 130″ x 300″ (3.3 x 7.6m) with standard dry air.  Optionally, beyond 130″ x 236″ (3.3 x 6m) argon may be added manually.

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Low-e Coatings

Windows are one of the best building materials used to harness the sun’s power, energy and light.   Glass performance coatings are an a wonderful method to control the characteristics of the sun’s energy and create a comfortable, high-end space for you to enjoy.

Short-wavelength infrared waves are the components of the sun’s energy responsible for the heat gain within a household.  As one can imagine, the larger the window area, the more of this energy is allowed to enter the home.  Selecting an appropriate Low-e coating to manage heat gain is your best defense.

The same coating also reflects long-wavelength infrared (IR generated by your HVAC system, for example) back into the building, thus also improving overall U-Value (addressed above).

AGNORA carries a wide range of, top-of-the-line Low-e coatings such as Saint-Gobain’s Coolite XTREME 70/33 which allows roughly 70% of visible light transmission (VTc) but only 0.38 (out of 1) solar heat gain (SHGC). In comparison to non-coated glass (89% VTc / 0.82 SHGC), that is a heat gain reduction of over 50%.

Conversely, in northern climates (depending on a home’s orientation), one may wish to harness the sun’s thermal energy, naturally heating their dwelling.  AGNORA carries passive Low-e’s such as Pilkington’s Energy Advantage which allows a high level of solar heat gain and retains interior heat (as with solar control Low-e).

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North American Made

From the time you order to the time we ship is incredibly fast.  Exceptional turn-around for oversized, architectural glass.

Incredible Quality

AGNORA’s quality has time-and-time again been of the highest calibre.  World-class institutions trust AGNORA to fabricate perfect glass.

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