Passive House and Energy Efficient Windows Offer

Photograph of Passive House

Here at OPEN AWD, we are increasingly aware of the fact that global warming is quickly becoming everyone’s problem. As sellers of windows and doors, we realize the difference we can make is limited. However, we are constantly trying to find new ways to help you make your home more energy efficient and sustainable. This is why we are excited to introduce you to our new range of Passive House windows and doors. For a limited time only, we are offering a 50% discount on certain windows from our Passive House-certified range. If you don’t already know about what the Passive House concept could mean for your home and the environment, we have put together some useful information on it below.

 

 

 

What is Passive House?

 

Passive House is a building standard that promotes thermally and energy efficient homes. Created in Germany at the end of the twentieth century, the Passive House concept has since become the global standard in sustainable design and energy efficiency. Through a combination of extensive insulation, thermally broken, airtight windows and doors, and an energy recovery ventilation (ERV) system, your home’s heating and cooling needs can be reduced by up to 90%. The result produces a home which is extremely cost effective and whose temperature is highly regulated.

The idea behind Passive Homes is simple: achieve the maximum amount energy for the least amount effort or cost. Then, energy within the home is maintained through insulation and an ERV system. Installing  passive house-certified windows is a great starting point to cut down on your energy bills.

What Makes a Passive House Different from a Standard Building?

 

Why Do Standard Buildings Use So Much Energy?

Most homes are fitted with heating, ventilation, and air condition units (HVAC) which are used to heat and cool their home. As your home’s internal temperature fluctuates, your ventilation and cooling systems kick in, overcompensating for the temperature change by stabilizing it. Constant heating or cooling can result in significant energy expenses.

Some of the primary reasons for high energy costs are:

  • Nonairtight Windows and Doors
  • Insufficient Insulation
  • Open Fireplaces
  • Minor Cracks in the Building

This means that the average home uses uses most of the energy spent heating or cooling it very inefficiently. These HVAC systems are costly and represent an average of 40% of most people’s home energy bills.

How Do Passive Houses Work?

Passive Houses, on the other hand, retain all of this energy for three reasons:

  • Excellent, Airtight Windows and Doors
  • Continuous Insulation
  • Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) Systems.

Of these three, the single most important factor is airtight windows and doors. While ERV systems and proper insulation are important, airtight, thermally broken, triple-glazed, argon-filled windows and doors are the single most important step towards making your home Passive House-certified.

Frankly, windows will represent the biggest part of your investment in making your home Passive House-certified, but no other investment in your home will result in a greater return.

 

Cross-section of passive house-certified window.

Why Choose Passive House Design?

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Firstly, passive houses have a significantly smaller carbon footprint than standard homes. Accordingly, passive houses, on average, use 1.5l of oil (1.5m3) per square meter of space over the course of an entire year. This equates to spending 90% less than the average homeowner spends to heat and cool their home.

Save Money

Lastly, it is also worth pointing out that energy efficient windows can save you money. In addition to making your home more energy efficient, Passive House-certified windows increase property value. As homeowners become more conscious of the environment, the desire for sustainable homes grow. This trend is already evident in New York City. More and more developers and homeowners here are seeking to future-proof their homes.

 

Our Offer

 

At OPEN AWD, we have been providing the most energy efficient and innovative windows the industry has to offer for over a decade. This is why we would like to help you on your journey toward making your own home more efficient and sustainable.

We are offering thermally broken, triple-glazed, argon-filled windows at a 50% discount for a limited time only. This applies to 3” x 5” ($550 Fixed; $900 Operable) and 3’6” x 6” ($650 Fixed; $990 Operable). This does not include tax or shipping costs.

The offer is available until December 1 and applies to all of our customers. If you are interested, please contact us at info@openawd.com today. Someone from our team would be happy to discuss your options with you.

For more information on Passive House, please refer to the New York Passive House society, or this recent article about a recent Passive House remodel in Brooklyn.

10 Greene Street

Façade of luxury 10 Greene St's luxury, rooftop penthouse.

Designed by John B Snook, one of New York City’s most esteemed architects, just over a century and a half ago, this Greene Street building, located in the heart of Downtown Manhattan’s fashionable SoHo district, has recently undergone a dramatic interior transformation as well as a complete restoration to its historic, cast-iron façade. OPEN AWD was proud to be a part of this unique renovation project, and happy to create a series of bespoke, custom windows.

Working alongside the property’s developer, Javeri Capital, OPEN AWD helped breathe new life into the building—which is the oldest cast-iron building on its block—helping convert its five floors into exclusive, luxury apartments.

 

 

Description

Today, Greene Street is one of several blocks which make up the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District—a district famed for its extensive and unique use of cast-iron as a central component in its buildings.

10 Greene Street features typical double-hung windows, and three classic, solid wooden doors on its first floor. A unique, sloped skylight was also installed on the building’s rear elevation. The fifth floor and rooftop is home to a three-story penthouse. The stunning penthouse boasts its own bespoke, ultramodern façade, cutting-edge glazing, a walkable skylight. It also features a sliding door which leads out onto its own rooftop terrace.

Requirements

For the project, OPEN AWD were responsible for:

● Firstly, carefully reproducing the design of the original storefront doors on the first floor, including the decorative wooden panels.

●Secondly, modernizing the windows to make them more energy efficient, offer more effective protection against drafts, as well as improving their durability and ease of use.

● Thirdly, carefully remodeling the window units and brickmold to restore the building’s historic look.

● Finally, designing custom windows for the rooftop penthouse, including oversized sliding doors, tilt and turn windows, and a walkable skylight


Interior photograph of double-hung window units installed by OPEN.

Solutions

At OPEN AWD, we believe that a façade is one of the most important and delicate components of any restoration project. However, the façades of many historic buildings are often the most under-appreciated and overlooked aspects during renovations. As a result, OPEN AWD ensured that every effort went into carefully restoring 10 Greene Street’s beautiful façade.

This part of the project included the installation of 39 double-hung custom windows. We used the highest quality Scandinavian Pine wood, painted ‘bone white’.  Similarly, we chose two-over-two lites, or six-over-six lites. We felt all of this would more closely resemble the building’s historic design.

 

 

Photographs of unique brickmold designed by OPEN.

Technical drawings for windows.

 

 

Because of slight design issues in some of the previous window units, we approached each window unit separately during the shop drawings stage. In order to create a seamless façade, we designed a series of unique brickmold details for each unit. As a result, this ensured that all gaps between the window frame and the existing opening were adequately joined.
Then, OPEN AWD installed a twenty-six-foot wide, sloped skylight on the building’s rear elevation. We were able to incorporate the unit into the building’s original design. Moreover, we also felt that this would provide some additional light and thermal efficiency.

 

Modern Penthouse

The two uppermost floors of the penthouse were fitted with sliding doors. These door provided a vast amount of natural light for the entire unit. Then, a walkable skylight was installed on the terrace on the penthouse’s third floor. Similarly, the skylight helped to open the space up further. Lastly, a unique frameless, floating corner window was fitted into the second-floor façade.

 

300 East 5 New

Built in 1874, on the corner of 2nd Ave and East 5th Street, 300 East 5th Street encapsulated the spirit of late 19th century New York. Red-bricked and five stories tall, the building was accompanied with the classic heavy stone windowsills and traditional fire escape which would become standard throughout the city. Having remained untouched for almost a century, a storefront renovation in what we estimate to be the 1960s or 1970s dramatically altered its look.

The building bore little resemblance to its original design, which had been in the Italianate style. An inexpensive combination of precast concrete siding, and cheap, drab windows, had transformed what had once been a beautiful building into an eyesore.

In 2019, Open AWD was commissioned to restore the facade. Working alongside the owner, architect and general contractor, we set out to achieve their vison for what they felt the building could look like.

The scope of the project included the installation of a new storefront and cornice. In order to comply with New York City’s building code, and to meet our customer’s needs, we managed to maintain every detail from the building’s original plan, while also modernizing it to meet twenty-first century requirements. After much discussion and consideration, our team decided to proceed with a premium grade, triple-glazed, cross-laminated and white-oak structure to provide the necessary strength and aesthetics. For added security, we selected tempered, soundproofed units with thermal insulation and Low-E coating. In order to ensure that the doors might withstand the daily wear and tear of a busy Manhattan café, heavy-duty, German-made hinges and locks were installed.

In the process of drafting the installation drawings, we faced many challenges with regards to the existing structural columns, which had to be seamlessly integrated into one facade. In the end, we implemented a wide variety of framing, insulating and paneling methods.

One can imagine some of the difficulties in completing such a project in the heart of a busy district within Manhattan. In order to ensure that all work would be performed in accordance with strict DOB codes and safety standards, a protective fence was erected around the perimeter of the site prior to the removal of the existing facade.

The façade belies its complex and careful arrangement of multiple layers of paneling, waterproofing and insulation. Despite its inner complexity, we strove to ensure that the exterior remained sleek, elegant, and simple.

Leaks, deterioration, and mold are classic signs of poor workmanship. If given the slightest opportunity, water will always find its way inside. Waterproofing remains the most important aspect of any facade project. Therefore, we ensure that the utmost care is taken when installing our windows.

 

Although the project moved along nicely, and each day brought with it a new development, it was only after the installation of the decorative wooden panels that we felt the beauty of the old storefront had been restored.

 

Without a doubt, the most challenging aspect of the renovation was the replication of each detail from the original sheet-metal cornice. Replete with ornate shapes and curved surfaces, each of which intricately mitered and soldered, this phase of our project was subject to much discussion. Following the consuming design process, each of the individual parts were prefabricated and powder-coated prior to their installation.

With the benefit of hindsight, we know that there were certain aspects of this project which could have been handled more efficiently or effectively. However, each specific site presents its own challenges, and we felt it was imperative to do justice to this historic building and its owner’s wishes. None of this would have been possible were it not for the team, with whom I would insist on working with again. A special thanks is due to the owner (R.A.Cohen), Architects, General Contractor.

409-411 Vanderbilt Avenue

 

Built during the late 19th century, this Queen-Anne-style carriage house on Vanderbilt Avenue epitomizes the heart, soul, and style of Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill, a neighborhood once famed for its mansion rows and carriage houses. Designed originally to house coachmen and horses for an estate on Clinton Avenue, the building, having most recently been home to the Brooklyn Veterinary Hospital, has just undergone a careful restoration by The Brooklyn Home Company. At just under 24-feet-wide, this stunning, red brick property, which boasts its own gated driveway and private parking, has a stately and timeless appearance which was carefully reinvigorated during the renovation process.

Open AWD was commissioned to restore the property’s façade in 2017. Working alongside the developer, we set out to help them achieve their vision for what the building could look like. Open AWD had been tasked with preserving the original arch by creating custom-made steel and wooden doors. These doors, we feel, perfectly embody the architectural and historical significance of Clinton Hill. Above the original arch, and very much characteristic of its time, the building has a striking Flemish gable which conceals a luminous, sunlit living room with an 11-feet, high-rise ceiling.

After much consultation and planning, we began the project by installing new, simulated double hung windows as well as the heavy-duty double entry doors with fixed panels. We chose simulated double hung windows instead of traditional double hung because we felt they would allow us to more closely match the building’s original style. Moreover, they also provide superior soundproofing as well as added security. Mindful of New York City’s building code, we worked closely with the developer to ensure that we could maintain as many of the original details as possible, while striving to modernize the building to meet the needs of the twenty-first century.

Initially concerned by the weight of the reinforced, triple-glazed entry doors, after much research, we decided to use a German-made electronic lock and heavy duty-concealed hinges to ensure that they could carry the load. The hinges we chose hold up to 650lb per sash. It was important to us, at every stage of this project — whether it concerned sourcing materials, or solving structural or cosmetic problems — that we strove to maintain the simple and subtle beauty of the original façade.

Although not complex at first sight, one of the most labor-intensive units we designed and installed during the renovation was the fixed ocular window. To fabricate the distinct circular profile, we used two different types of brick molds as well as muntins, which separated the divided lite windows into 45 distinct panels. We estimate that our team spent more than 40 hours drafting and designing these particular window units in order to ensure the original aesthetic had been adhered to.

We fitted the rear elevation with elegant and extra secure steels doors.

 

 

514 West 24th St

 

This building on 24th Street, was a development which OPEN Architectural Windows and Doors was incredibly proud to be a part of. Located in the heart of Chelsea in Manhattan, the building, whose façade is made up of stunning, green terracotta tile and custom-made wooden and copper window units, is one of the most unique and visually arresting buildings in its district.

Our role in the development was to create the wooden window units, which we did, using a special copper cladding. We also designed matching, copper spandrel panels, which complimented the window units. The combination of terracotta tile and the copper cladding created a uniform look which highlighted and emphasized the building’s art deco design. The natural patina which develops upon copper’s surface also contributed to the architect’s vision for a dynamic, naturally-ageing, or rusting look, for the façade.

 

In collaboration with the architect, we chose a subtle but elegant, stained white oak for the interior of each of the window units. Its pleasing look brightened up the interiors and provided a neutral space for the interior decorators.

The copper spandrel panels which we designed created the appearance of a harmonious and unbroken façade on the building’s front elevation. The spandrel panels were a combination of copper mullions, welded in single frames, and attached to a larger, copper frame. We installed a vertical, copper fin in between the panels which unified the façade.

 

 

We also installed an oversized, walkable skylight on the building’s rooftop. The skylight was installed at a 15° slope and, because of its length (almost 13 feet), offers magnificent views. The unit, which can bear an enhanced load of up to three people, has also been finished with an anti-slip surface. To ensure that the skylight was structurally sound and up to NYC building codes, we used two special, tempered panes of laminated glass.

The architect had envisioned different façades for the front and rear elevations, which meant that we designed the rear elevation slightly differently. The rear façade was complemented by a set of oak windows with matching sills and black brick molds. We used the highest grade white oak and finished it with a specially developed, clear stain.

 

 

We know how important first impressions are which is why we paid such close attention to the front elevation entry doors. For them, we used a combination of bespoke touches such as the sleek pull handles and the angular, protruding panels at the bottom of the doors. We were very pleased with how we incorporated these elements into the overall façade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

440 Washington street

Nestled amongst the cobblestone streets of Northern Tribeca, Washington Street is now home to a new, luxury mid-rise residential development. Open Architectural Windows & Doors designed and installed hundreds of windows and doors for each of the forty-nine units within the building. The combination of oversized windows and slim profiles offer unbroken views of the city. Each window and door unit is fitted with innovative, multi-point locking hardware as designed by MACO, leading European windows and doors specialists. In accordance with NYC building requirements, each window unit was fitted with its own certified limiter. Each insulated glass unit (IGU) is comprised of a double pane of laminated glass and a sleek, black spacer bar. Working alongside the architect, we settled on soundproof glass with an Outdoor/Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) rating of 34. We selected an OITC rating of 34 to ensure that all of Manhattan’s noise pollution would be completely drowned out. The sleek curtain wall system on the roof terrace is made up of a unique combination of wood and aluminum. In keeping with the architect’s vision, we designed a series of black panels which created the appearance of rows of unbroken windows on the building’s exterior. Open AWD can make your architectural plans a reality.

300 East 5th Street

Built in 1874, on the corner of 2nd Ave and East 5th Street, 300 East 5th Street encapsulated the spirit of late 19th century New York. Red-bricked and five stories tall, the building was accompanied with the classic heavy stone windowsills and traditional fire escape which would become standard throughout the city.

Having remained untouched for almost a century, a storefront renovation in what we estimate to be the 1960s or 1970s dramatically altered its look. The building bore little resemblance to its original design, which had been in the Italianate style. An inexpensive combination of precast concrete siding, and cheap, drab windows, had transformed what had once been a beautiful building into an eyesore.

In 2019, Open AWD was commissioned to restore the facade. Working alongside the owner, architect and general contractor, we set out to achieve their vision for what they felt the building could look like.

The scope of the project included the installation of a new storefront and cornice. In order to comply with New York City’s building code, and to meet our customer’s needs, we managed to maintain every detail from the building’s original plan, while also modernizing it to meet twenty-first century requirements. After much discussion and consideration, our team decided to proceed with a premium grade, triple-glazed, cross-laminated and white-oak structure to provide the necessary strength and aesthetics. For added security, we selected tempered, soundproofed units with thermal insulation and Low-E coating. In order to ensure that the doors might withstand the daily wear and tear of a busy Manhattan café, heavy-duty, German-made hinges and locks were installed.

In the process of drafting the installation drawings, we faced many challenges with regards to the existing structural columns, which had to be seamlessly integrated into one facade. In the end, we implemented a wide variety of framing, insulating and paneling methods.

One can imagine some of the difficulties in completing such a project in the heart of a busy district within Manhattan. In order to ensure that all work would be performed in accordance with strict DOB codes and safety standards, a protective fence was erected around the perimeter of the site prior to the removal of the existing facade.

The façade belies its complex and careful arrangement of multiple layers of paneling, waterproofing and insulation. Despite its inner complexity, we strove to ensure that the exterior remained sleek, elegant, and simple.

Leaks, deterioration, and mold are classic signs of poor workmanship. If given the slightest opportunity, water will always find its way inside. Waterproofing remains the most important aspect of any facade project. Therefore, we ensure that the utmost care is taken when installing our windows.

Although the project moved along nicely, and each day brought with it a new development, it was only after the installation of the decorative wooden panels that we felt the beauty of the old storefront had been restored.

Without a doubt, the most challenging aspect of the renovation was the replication of each detail from the original sheet-metal cornice. Replete with ornate shapes and curved surfaces, each of which intricately mitered and soldered, this phase of our project was subject to much discussion. Following the consuming design process, each of the individual parts were prefabricated and powder-coated prior to their installation.

 

 

 

With the benefit of hindsight, we know that there were certain aspects of this project which could have been handled more efficiently or effectively. However, each specific site presents its own challenges, and we felt it was imperative to do justice to this historic building and its owner’s wishes. None of this would have been possible were it not for the team, with whom I would insist on working again. A special thanks is due to the owner (Ralph Della Cava, Jonathan Pohl, Dustin Zucker from R.A. Cohen & Associates, Inc.), Architects (Norman Cox from Union Street Studio LLC), General Contractor (Stone Lang from New Practice Studio).

 

OpenAWD at the AD Design Show 2019

AD Design Show 2019 happened in New York between the 21-24 March

Now in its 18th year, the Architectural Digest Design Show drew approximately 40,000 design aficionados to interact with incredible design displays from more than 400 brands.

OpenAWD was at the event showcasing a few samples of new trendy minimalism-inspired Window and Door Series in Wood, Wood/Aluminum clad and Steel, as well as Frameless Railings.

You can find our video here.

This event provided us successful and exciting experience. We can only wait for the next year’s.

Introducing Railings System

OpenAWD Team is proud to present a new line of our products – RAILINGS SYSTEMS.

Sophisticated design, unbeatable quality, rapid assembly and excellent safety – that is what OpenAWD Railing stands for. So, take the time to discover our wide range of certified glass balustrades, baluster railings, handrails, glass adapters and glass clamps, as well as our many other innovative solutions for top-quality balustrades.

OpenAWD Railing’s system is suitable to all your needs thanks to its flexibility and a wide variety of combinations. Thanks to their modular design, you can mix and match components in any way you wish, creating truly unique balustrades. That is how, together, we bring your vision to life.

Renovation of houses in Clinton Hill

Built during the late 19th century, this Queen-Anne-style carriage house on Vanderbilt Avenue epitomizes the heart, soul, and style of Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill, a neighborhood once famed for its mansion rows and carriage houses. Designed originally to house coachmen and horses for an estate on Clinton Avenue, the building, having most recently been home to the Brooklyn Veterinary Hospital, has just undergone a careful restoration by The Brooklyn Home Company. At just under 24-feet-wide, this stunning, red brick property, which boasts its own gated driveway and private parking, has a stately and timeless appearance which was carefully reinvigorated during the renovation process.
Open AWD was commissioned to restore the property’s façade in 2017. Working alongside the developer, we set out to help them achieve their vision for what the building could look like. Open AWD had been tasked with preserving the original arch by creating custom-made steel and wooden doors. These doors, we feel, perfectly embody the architectural and historical significance of Clinton Hill. Above the original arch, and very much characteristic of its time, the building has a striking Flemish gable which conceals a luminous, sunlit living room with an 11-feet, high-rise ceiling.
After much consultation and planning, we began the project by installing new, simulated double hung windows as well as the heavy-duty double entry doors with fixed panels. We chose simulated double hung windows instead of traditional double hung because we felt they would allow us to more closely match the building’s original style. Moreover, they also provide superior soundproofing as well as added security. Mindful of New York City’s building code, we worked closely with the developer to ensure that we could maintain as many of the original details as possible, while striving to modernize the building to meet the needs of the twenty-first century.

Initially concerned by the weight of the reinforced, triple-glazed entry doors, after much research, we decided to use a German-made electronic lock and heavy duty-concealed hinges to ensure that they could carry the load. The hinges we chose hold up to 650lb per sash. It was important to us, at every stage of this project — whether it concerned sourcing materials, or solving structural or cosmetic problems — that we strove to maintain the simple and subtle beauty of the original façade.

 

 

 

 

Although not complex at first sight, one of the most labor-intensive units we designed and installed during the renovation was the fixed ocular window. To fabricate the distinct circular profile, we used two different types of brick molds as well as muntins, which separated the divided lite windows into 45 distinct panels. We estimate that our team spent more than 40 hours drafting and designing these particular window units in order to ensure the original aesthetic had been adhered to. We fitted the rear elevation with elegant and extra secure steels doors.