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Fenestration Symposium in Raleigh, NC

I will speak this Thursday 4/24/2014 at the BEC Fenestration Symposium in Raleigh, NC. All those who plan to come, please read this article about fenestration. It’s my old article about Glass Coolness published in The Construction Specifier in April 2013. We will talk about this stuff! See you there! Literature pertinent to the topics: Glass […]

DIY- Reglazing with Polycarbonate

Over one year ago I purchased a dilapidated house in Miami. Among many items that required repair, were broken windows. Seeing neighborhood kids throwing rocks at my windows, I realized that the ordinary glass wouldn’t do. I paid extra and reglazed them with polycarbonate glass. It’s something that I recommend to everyone: for approximately $100, […]

Disturbing Views

Too much transparency may reveal skeletons in a closet and much more…  

Post-it Window Communication

Pine in Window

Window Access to Icicles

Note the dark cracks originating from the upper window corners…

Window Washing

I guess there is not much attention to detail possible with a ~30ft telescopic pole.

Cat on a Window

Here is a yawning cat in a window in the Rotterdam Cube House, designed by architect Piet Blom. Technically speaking, this is not a window, it’s a skylight, due to its tilt.

Cats on Window

Cats have the uncanny ability to jump vertically to negotiate a window via its transom, which is normally ventilated. This is a nice, handmade, wooden, compartment window, a superior design developed in early 20th century, affording good thermal and acoustic properties.

Window Frost

Frosty patterns and ice forming in the vessel standing on the sill.

Window Ventilation

A little background for our American friends: Europeans suffer from excessively air-tight living spaces (while Americans still busily try to figure out how to increase the air tightness). The typical perimeter hardware of an European window allows for untying the window, securing it with a small gap at the top. In this case, it was […]

AC Retrofit at the Cost of the Window

In the battle between thermal and visual comfort, the thermal wins.

Window – Radiator Collision

Mismatched Retrofit Window Shape

Mur Vegetal in Autumn

with a window with outswinging wooden shutters.

Owl Staring from a Window

Old wooden window with split panes, square cut corners, and wooden lintel. The wall below the sill is built of stone, and the wooden sill and bottom rails of sashes are rotten and covered with moss.

Diagonal Window

How to invigorate a boring hotel facade, and make people buzz about it? Simple.

Window installed Diagonally within the Wall Depth

Apparently, the fabricator got a wrong width, and the only way to install the window, was to place it diagonally.

Window Installed on Wrong Side

Apparently, the fabricator confused height with width, resulting in this in-swinging side-by-side window installed wrong way.

Window with a Stormleader

Window Knocker

A profession thriving when an alarm clock was hardly affordable.

Sheet of Ice formed Outside Window

Wooden window with a cat sleeping behind

Wooden compartment window with metal corner keys.

Glass Coolness

Windows are as old as buildings, the word itself derived from the ancient Norse language in times when Vikings raided North Europe. How to design a window? How should an architectural glass be chosen?  Vikings are long gone, and we found the knowledge remains common among architects in the North Europe, but has not spread much […]