At 60% glass content*, the basis of fiberglass is silica sand, one of the most abundant naturally occurring materials available on earth. Fiberglass also has a very low level of embodied energy and requires only about 20-25% of the energy required to convert bauxite into aluminum.
*Bruteforcecollaborative.com “Window Embodied Energy”
Fiberglass also has a smaller impact on the environment due to its longevity. In a throwaway society, investing in durable products is becoming more and more vital. By choosing longer lasting, better quality products, we can keep more out of the landfills. DUXTON is an advocate of long-term sustainability, and believes in building for generations, not years.
Reduced Energy Consumption
In combination with DUXTON’s high-performance glass, fiberglass can assist in significantly reducing heating and cooling loads. See Glass Performance Values. The most significant savings are achieved by working closely with an energy expert, and tying the windows into a well-designed building envelope, with careful attention to the installation.
Achieving Rigorous Energy Standards
Due to its energy performance and the nature of the material, fiberglass is often selected for Net Zero, LEED, and PassivHaus projects.
EchoHaven – Calgary, AB. One of CMHC’s Equilibrium™ demonstration projects. Photo courtesy of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
Riverdale Net Zero Project – Habitat Studio, Edmonton, AB.