Monroe, Ohio - Window and door manufacturer Deceuninck North America has launched the Genius system, which it says is "the world's first interlinked dual sash window that enables thermal performance values exceeding R-14 without the use of exotic films or gasses."
With these exceptional thermal capabilities, Deceuninck claims that Genius becomes one of the most energy-efficient window systems available on the market today.
Deceuninck unveiled the new window system at a news conference during the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2012 National Convention and Expo 17-19 May, Washington, DC.
"Innovation is at the forefront of our business, and the Genius system is destined to be one of the most innovative products in the fenestration industry today," said Filip Geeraert, president and ceo of Deceuninck North America. "It is the epitome of form meeting function."
The patent-pending window system has two separate, interlinked insulated glass sashes. This creates an additional bonus air space between the two sash members and results in an extremely effective barrier to thermal energy flow, Deceuninck said.
A unique thermal-activated ventilation system serves as an integral part of the window's design, turning Genius into an energy generator by automatically venting solar-heated air into the building interior in the winter and venting it to the outside in the summer.
Some of Deceuninck North America's windows use Innergy rigid thermal reinforcements with polyurethane reinforcement. A current trend in double glazing is to insulate and reinforce the PVC window frames with rigid PU foam for better thermal efficiency.