The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency.
Glo European Windows is proud be a part of the 2017 Solar Decathlon by sponsoring the University of Nevada Las Vegas team – one of only 14 university teams accepted to participate worldwide. The team includes a collaborative group of students and faculty from multiple disciplines within the University and have gone above the design, financial, and efficiency goals of the project to design a home that meets a growing social need: an aging-in-place home. At less than 1000 square-feet, the home has been designed to promote the health and happiness of aging residents – a segment of the population that will soon include 1 in 5 Americans.
The Solar Decathlon project’s focus on energy efficiency and modern design led them to select the Glo A5 Series windows and doors for the project. Two large Lift and Slide doors paired with hidden sash windows and two custom – and bright red – D1 entry doors complement the modern aesthetic of the home and provide exceptional thermal performance. High performance spacers, low iron glass, larger continuous thermal breaks, and multiple air seals deliver high performance, cost effective durability and sophisticated design. Beyond performance and looks, the A5 Series windows and doors provide natural ventilation and a strong visual connection to the outdoors.