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How to determine best fit- windows with location (Austin) and insulation (foam).

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  • How to determine best fit- windows with location (Austin) and insulation (foam).

    I have a client that wants a new home and has not specified the windows (or specs. of windows). What should the windows perform/specs, be for this Central Texas location (mixed climate hot humid etc.) with the insulation selection (foam) and cost is always an issue. Is there a simple way to know which windows would be a good choice?

    Or the specs. that the windows should have?

    Or where can I get this information?

    Thank you, Joe

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    Re: How to determine best fit- windows with location (Austin) and insulation (foam).

    Do you want to use wood, wood clad, or metal windows? If budget is an issue Jeld-Wen has some pretty affordable windows, insulated Low-E glass is minimal these days.
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      Re: How to determine best fit- windows with location (Austin) and insulation (foam).

      I hope Allan meant vinyl, not metal. I would start here:

      http://www.efficientwindows.org/new_selection1.php

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        Re: How to determine best fit- windows with location (Austin) and insulation (foam).

        A possible place to begin is with the building code.

        The windows should be speced before the HVAC.

        Consider finding a good window shop and work with them?
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          Re: How to determine best fit- windows with location (Austin) and insulation (foam).

          EnergyStar rated windows are 'good' performance base-line for different climate regions.

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