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Why Efficiency and Design Standards Are Evolving Hand-in-Hand

Past decades of home design have been largely geared to cater to a growing market for luxury and indulgence. With the arrival of the 21st century, however, awareness of the environmental damage that our lifestyles routinely inflict on the ecosystems of the earth have created the demand for a different kind of luxury. These days, it’s the most environmentally harmful, low-grade, highly processed and mass-produced materials that are cheapest, even though they often take more energy and fuel to create. High-quality, premium materials and local manufacturing are both greener and initially more expensive for a few specific reasons:

  1. They take much more time and skilled labour to craft.

  2. They last longer, meaning that they don’t need to be replaced as often, therefore offsetting much of the initial cost.

  3. They are designed to be low-maintenance, high-performance, and environmentally-friendly, so that instead of creating enormous fuel emissions and material waste, the manufacturing process is streamlined to produce the best product with the least waste

This demand for locally made, premium products has made a particular impact on the home design industry because ecological factors are actually assisting in the creation of more beautiful, self-sustaining, luxurious homes. Passive homes, for example, are initially expensive because they’re designed with incredibly specific factors like climate and geography in mind, so that natural light heats and cools the interior space according to seasonally preferred temperatures. Similarly, water-saving and energy-saving elements like solar panels or wells are a wonderful investment that can permit you to save tons of money in the long-term. 

Increasingly, home designers are taking a minimalistic, clean, natural approach to creating new generations of interior spaces; less clutter, lots of energy-saving appliances like low-flow faucets and toilets, and natural insulation are some elements of this. Because we here at Golden Windows are not only interested in the technicalities of the production process, but also in the larger evolution of home design and green energy, we’ve evolved to cater to new markets while making the environment a priority. Our green initiatives include recycling as much paper, cardboard, wood, and glass as possible, manufacturing close to our customers, and repurposing materials for insulation. At the end of the day, what all this allows us to do is continue to build beautiful windows and doors that satisfy our customers’ aesthetic needs but also go above and beyond national standards to reduce energy consumption and energy waste. 

Additionally, partnering with local builders and renovators has proven to advance our business because it creates the kind of think-tank that is fertile ground for new ideas. We don’t only want to design, create, transport, and install windows that are guaranteed, with our warranty, to last decades — we also want to advance window and door design as a whole, so that home design is always becoming better for the earth.

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