New Envelope Analysis service wins “Most Innovative Software”
Jul 8, 2014
Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions’ new, innovative envelope analysis service earned the 2014 Glass Magazine Award for “Most Innovative Software.” The prestigious glass and metal industry awards program recognizes the best products and glass applications offered by commercial, retail and fabrication markets.
Glass Magazine submitted nominations to a panel of judges representing all segments of the glass and glazing industry. Judges selected a winner in each product and project category, featured in the July 8 edition of e-glass weekly, the July 2014 issue of Glass Magazine, and on GlassMagazine.com.
Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions introduced the new industry-leading envelope analysis service in June at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Expo in Chicago. Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions and The Weidt Group co-developed the service with the support of a new software tool.
“The envelope analysis portal leverages DOE2 from the Department of Energy, one of the most vetted, tried-and-true software calculating engines for computing hourly energy simulations of commercial buildings,” said David Eijadi, Principal in Charge of Energy for The Weidt Group. “We’ve created a system that allows Pella, EFCO and their customers to define their building very quickly and very easily — in real time and over the Internet.”
Unlike standard building analyses that focus on only one component of a building’s system, envelope analysis offers a comprehensive envelope-first deep retrofit service that takes a holistic approach to analyzing a building’s efficiency.
“We’re doing variables on wall composition, glass characteristics, window frames, shading devices, insulation levels and air-infiltration levels. But we even go beyond that to also consider the implications of interrelated HVAC changes. It really is a whole-building analysis, truly unique and different from the component energy audit approach,” said Eijadi.
While improving a building envelope often focuses on potential energy savings, the Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions service also considers occupant comfort.
“We’re all accustomed to seeing space heaters and fans to help people feel more comfortable inside their personal space. Replacing windows can certainly improve occupant comfort, but until now it’s been fairly subjective,” said Doug Phelps, Director of Commercial Business Development for Pella. “Our envelope analysis tool is the first of its kind to put a real value on gaining occupant comfort from improving window performance.”
For more information on envelope analysis, visit www.PellaEFCOsolutions.com/envelope-analysis.
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