Window City to Complete First Passive Building Project in U.S.

Glass Magazine
March 2, 2018

Window City is gearing up to begin its first passive building project in Hoboken, New Jersey, in spring of 2018. This will be the first completed passive building project developed in the United States.

Window City will be supplying and installing all Passive House certified windows and doors for the project, owned and operated by Bijou Design Build LLC. In order to meet passive building regulations, all windows and doors must be energy-efficient and achieve certain values depending on the climate in which each passive development is located, Window City officials report. The window frames must be well insulated and fitted with low-emissivity glazings filled with Argon or Krypton to prevent heat and cold transfer.

Window City is working with NeϋFenster, a window and door manufacturer located in Austria and Canada, who specializes in passive building window and door products. Each window and door will have triple-coated low-E glass with Argon.

Passive House is a voluntary certification, offered by Passive House Institute US in the United States. It is based off a standard for increased energy efficiency in a building and sequentially reducing its carbon footprint. Reportedly, these buildings can operate using 75-95 percent less energy compared to traditional buildings.