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Pella, EFCO introduce innovative building envelope analysis at AIA Expo

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New envelope-first service helps make buildings more energy-efficient, comfortable
Jun 23, 2014

Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions will introduce their new industry-leading tool, Pella EFCO Envelope Analysis service, at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Expo, June 26 – 28 in Chicago. AIA attendees can visit booth #1053 at McCormick Place to learn more about the service, along with innovative products and educational sessions offered by Pella and EFCO.

Holistic solution to energy management

Taking a holistic approach to analyzing the building envelope, Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions’ Envelope Analysis is designed to optimize building performance through energy savings, enhanced aesthetics and increased occupant comfort. Using the Pella EFCO Envelope Analysis service, architects, building owners and facility managers are able to help extend building life, improve energy efficiency and protect against potential air and water damage. 

“Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions offers a whole-building analysis, truly unique from the component approach,” said Director of Commercial Business Development, Doug Phelps, for Pella. “Using Envelope Analysis, we’re able to analyze and run ‘what-if’ scenarios to compare potential envelope improvements in terms of energy savings, occupant comfort, and building aesthetics. Every project has specific goals, and we are able to support the project team with flexible, real-time analysis.”

Occupant comfort considered in envelope analysis

Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions’ Envelope Analysis is the first building envelope service to visualize, analyze and provide recommendations for occupant comfort, in addition to energy savings and aesthetics.

“Before envelope analysis, our customers would tell us their spaces felt more comfortable after replacing windows. By adding an analysis of occupant comfort into the envelope analysis service, we can now quantify that improvement and also show a projected energy savings to the bottom line,” said Phelps.

Envelope analysis identifies potential problem areas and offers solutions to make buildings more energy-efficient and comfortable. With analysis support provided by The Weidt Group, the Pella EFCO Envelope Analysis service leverages some of the best technology available in software today for computing hourly energy simulations, according to David Eijadi, Principal in Charge of Energy for The Weidt Group.

Phelps said Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions worked with owners of The Wrigley Building in Chicago to optimize the building envelope from the outside in, delivering a solution that increased the building’s energy efficiency and comfort, while supporting the architect’s objective to return the building to its original iconic aesthetics.

Earn AIA continuing education credits; see newest innovations

AIA attendees can visit booth #1251 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, for one-hour AIACES continuing education HSW certified programs in the Pella EFCO Learning Lounge. Programs include “Curtain Wall vs. Storefront,” “Energy Retrofit: Window ROI and Comfort – The Whole Story” and “Fenestration Design Solutions for Commercial Buildings.”

“Our educational programs provide value to architects and designers by conveying facts about key considerations in design and construction today,” said Pella Commercial Marketing Manager Terry Zeimetz, AIA, ARA, CSI, CCPR. “Our goal for Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions is to become a trusted partner that offers practical, energy-efficient solutions for today’s design and construction professionals.”

During the AIA Expo, booth #1053 will feature new innovations including:

  • Pella® Impervia® fiberglass color options: Black and Morning Sky Gray
  • Pella 250 Series vinyl windows
  • EFCO XTherm® 403X Series storefront framing product
  • EFCO HX32 Series single-hung/tilt windows
  • EFCO XTherm® PX32 Series thermal projected windows
  • EFCO CH32 CW-rated hung windows, designed for use in commercial or other applications

About Pella

Pella Corporation is a leader in designing, testing, manufacturing and installing quality windows and doors for new construction, remodeling and replacement applications.

As a family-owned, professionally managed and privately-held company, Pella is known for its 89-year history of making innovative products, providing quality service and delivering customer satisfaction. Headquartered in Pella, Ia., the company is committed to incorporating new technologies, increasing productivity and practicing environmental stewardship to create satisfied customers.

About EFCO Corporation

Headquartered in Monett, Mo., EFCO, a Pella Company, provides innovative customer solutions to satisfy commercial design challenges from historical replication to cutting-edge new construction. EFCO manufactures architectural windows, curtain walls, storefronts and entry systems designed for commercial construction needs and sold through independent sales representatives across the United States.

EFCO team members are dedicated to supporting the building community with products, services and programs that promote outstanding commercial design.

EFCO is a proponent of energy conservation and recycling during manufacturing and is committed to environmental leadership by creating and implementing products and processes that will help support a “greener” world. For more information, visit EFCOcorp.com or call 417-235-3193. Follow EFCO on Facebook.

Shawn Huyser

About The Author

Shawn is a Pella, IA area native and worked in marketing at Pella’s Corporate Headquarters for 5 years before joining the Pella Omaha and Lincoln team in April of 2015. Prior to Pella Corporate, he worked for Pella’s national ad agency, The Integer Group, in Des Moines, IA for nearly 5 years. Shawn has a Bachelor of Communications-Public Relations degree from the University of Northern Iowa and is married with 4 children.

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