Did you know that Centra is installing vinyl frame windows in a 26 storey high-rise building in downtown Vancouver?
Yes, you heard us right. Vinyl-framed windows, not aluminum-framed as most would think is required.
There is actually a requirement in the BC Building Code and Vancouver Building Bylaw that permits the use of Vinyl framed windows in what typically would be referred to as non-combustible construction such as concrete and steel. It's actually pretty simple. First, the windows on the tower need adequate separation from each other with non-combustible material, such as concrete in this case. Second, the distance horizontally and vertically must exceed 1 meter and can include the length of items such as deck extensions, etc. and last, the glazing area must not exceed 40% of the exterior wall area.
Well, in any window replacement project it only makes sense to utilise the most energy-efficient product at the best possible value. What vinyl frame windows offer as opposed to aluminum framed windows is a greater energy performance or better U-value (Learn more with this blog titled: What is U-value and why it is important?). This is because the vinyl material is less conductive than the aluminum frame windows.
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