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Residential Windows
A Guide to New Technologies and Energy Performance
by John Carmody, Stephen Selkowitz, Lisa HeschongClick to Purchase Residential Windows

Paperback, 214 pages
Published by W W Norton & Co
Publication date: October 1, 1996
Dimensions (in inches): 9.27 x 7.42 x .66
ISBN: 0393730042

Note: The revised second edition of Residential Windows now available. Among other updates, it contains an expanded section on energy performance, skylights and installation.

The following description of Residential Windows is found on the rear cover of the book. As I was trying to write a comprehensive review, I found it difficult to explain what was included without repeating what the publisher had already written. Since it is an accurate description of the contents of this book, it is included below in its entirety with the permission of the publisher. Of course calling this book "fascinating" will be a matter of personal preference. However, you will most likely be surprised at how much there is to learn, before one can make an informed decision, about what is frequently one of the largest budgets in your new home. Like most products that become an integral part of your house, windows will affect your comfort, your lifestyle, and your pocketbook for a very long time.

Residential Windows - Rear Cover:

Everyone knows that windows give us views, fresh air, and light, and recognizes the important role windows play in how buildings look. What is less obvious is that windows have undergone a remarkable technological transformation over the last fifteen years. Based on the latest research, Residential Windows: A Guide to New Technologies and Energy Performance offers home owners, architects, designers, and builders a fascinating look at the state of the art today as well as the windows of the future, and the information necessary to evaluate windows and make intelligent choices.

Emphasizing energy performance, Residential Windows covers every aspect of window design and technology: the basic mechanisms of heat transfer; new products and rating systems; the effects of the window frame material and installation; and how to make the best decisions when purchasing windows for your new house or renovation.

About the Authors:

John Carmody works at the Building Research Center, University of Minnesota. Stephen Selkowitz directs Windows and Daylighting Research at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, California. Lisa Heschong, an architect, lives in California. Carmody is coauthor of ten previous books, including Earth Sheltered Housing Design,Builder's Foundation Handbook, and Moisture Control Handbook.

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