Are you interested in Victor Sun?
We are too. And here’s why:
A better window. Made from arguably the best material available
Although window frames can be made from wood, fiberglass, steel or other materials, these days the vast majority is made of either aluminum alloy or vinyl.
Victor Sun awning windows are made from aluminum alloy.
Aluminum is one of Earth’s most common elements. It has a high strength to weight ratio, is considered naturally resistant to corrosion, is well tolerated by humans and animals and it’s also theoretically 100% recyclable. We use it in everything from beverage containers to commercial aircraft, from solar panels to the body and frame of America’s most popular automobile (the Ford F150 pickup). We even wrap our food in it.
Although the most popular competing material, vinyl (Poly-vinyl-chloride or PVC), is inexpensive, easy to form, has good thermal properties and is resistant to pests and oxidation, (which appear to make it an excellent material from which to make window frames), it has a downside that is not advertised. Vinyl is a man made petroleum based plastic that does not biodegrade and cannot be economically recycled. Weathering degradation of plastics, especially when exposed to sunlight, results in their eventual surface embrittlement and microcracking, yielding microparticles that continue on in the environment. Over time, as it degrades, these micro-particles absorb persistent organic pollutants+ (POPs) which can be ingested by organisms and travel up the food chain.
Given the ever increasing amount of plastic pollution in our environment, this is an important concept in understanding how it may effect mankind for generations. All current disposal methods pose problems. In the absence of sunlight, such as in a landfill, vinyl will persist for perhaps thousands of years, slowly leaching the chemicals used to make it into the environment. (chlorine, metals and other chemical contaminants.) If burned, intentionally or unintentionally, vinyl can release deadly volatile and corrosive fumes (including hydrogen chloride which can turn into hydrochloric acid when exposed to moisture in the lungs) and other contaminants as well as persistent, highly carcinogenic dioxins.
Greenpeace* calls PVC the “single most environmentally damaging type of plastic.”
Like plastic grocery bags, vinyl may be a shortsighted solution that poses long-term problems.
These days, very few things that man does on a large scale can or should be considered green. Even recycling uses energy and can produce toxic waste. To make matters worse there are contradictory opinions, some, as expected, produced by those with conflicts of interest.
CCI offers a wide range of product choices and tries to provide full disclosure so that consumers can make their own decisions.
Arguably the best window design
Windows come in many different forms. Each with particular benefits and downsides.
Victor Sun awning windows have the following benefits:
- Near 100% airflow is possible. Unlike sliding and hung windows, which give up more than 50% of the opening’s airflow.
- Can be left open for ventilation even with moderate wind driven rain.
- Unlike sliding, hung and casement windows that often let wind driven rain in and can lead to premature wear of window coverings and can damage paint, drywall, carpet and flooring.
- Dual cam locks on each vent make forced entry difficult. Unlike jalousies which are responsible for over 80% of break-ins.
- Multiple glass options including tinted or obscure, single or double pane windows with low e coatings in standard, tempered or laminated safety glass.
- The convenience of a single operator controlling up to 5 vents.
An unobstructed view with its side operating control mechanism. No center operator arms extending into your field of view like some other designs.
- Thinner frames are made possible due to the strength of the aluminum alloy. Resulting in cleaner sightlines with more glass per square foot of opening compared to vinyl awning windows, which are simply single windows, stacked on top of each other.
- Window operators are relatively inexpensive ($34.95) and are easy to replace if worn or broken. Unlike other awning or casement operators which can run up to $200.
- Available designs include single pane (V100); floating glass (V115); double pane (V200); and thermally broken (V300).
- an approved fire egress point.
- Available in white, silver and dark bronze and are paintable.
And limited downsides:
- Not recommended for walkways, as protruding vent corners can pose a hazard to those not paying attention. (Corners can be rounded upon request)
- Periodic maintenance is recommended to keep moving parts operating properly and to prevent potential galvanic corrosion or pitting of the metal. (Continual improvements include the use of stainless steel fasteners and silicone gaskets to prevent galvanic corrosion.)
- A truly green window
Hawaii’s nearly perfect weather and unique climate redefine what a green window is. Vinyl double or triple pane argon filled, low e coated windows are often marketed as “green choices” for their energy efficiency.
- However, when the temperature outside is nearly the same as the temperature inside, as it nearly always is in Hawaii, the quoted energy savings tend to diminish rather quickly. When considering a window’s complete lifecycle, it’s hard to beat the Victor aluminum awning window from CCI.
Just ask yourself the following questions:
- How often do I run my a/c or heater? Depending upon where in the islands you live, many people feel it’s only necessary to run an air conditioner or heater a few weeks out of the year. Most of the time, a home can be made perfectly comfortable by opening and closing windows. After all, what’s more, “efficient” than utilizing the natural cooling provided by our trade winds?
- Would you sometimes prefer more ventilation? How about 100% more? That’s how much more awning windows can provide compared to sliding or hung windows.
- Is it the heat or the humidity making you uncomfortable? Here in paradise, the ideal inside temperature is typically very close to the outside temperature. What often makes us uncomfortable in July and August is an increase in humidity (moisture in the air). 90 degrees with low humidity is often considered more comfortable than 80 degrees with high humidity. Air conditioners lower the temperature as well as humidity, but single-paned glass can actually do as good a job of keeping humidity out as double or triple paned glass.
- Do my windows trap the sun’s heat? Much like a car parked in the sun, heat can accumulate in your house from direct midday or afternoon sun. Glass can allow heat to enter and prevent it from leaving. The solution may be a low e glass coating that will help reflect the sun’s heat while allowing visible light to enter. (typically available with double pane glass)
- What is ultimately greener? And does it matter to me? A thermally efficient vinyl sliding or hung window that may allow me to save a few dollars per year in energy costs but will reduce my natural ventilation by 50% (which may in itself cause me to use the air conditioner more often) and at the end of its approximately 20-30 year service life will either be burned and potentially release carcinogenic dioxins, lead or cadmium and chlorine into the environment or, if exposed to sunlight, will degrade into unusable, unrecyclable smaller and smaller toxic fragments that may eventually enter the food chain or will remain buried and unusable and stubbornly undegraded for hundreds or thousands of years.
- A Victor aluminum awning window that maximizes natural cooling and airflow, (100% more airflow than a sliding or hung window), is marginally less thermally efficient, but as efficient in controlling humidity when used with an air conditioner and is made of environmentally friendly, recyclable aluminum that is actively collected and recycled.
The PVC in window frames is considered stable and safe during their service life. But nothing lasts forever, nor would we want it to. The problem comes 20 or 30 year down the line as the window degrades and is no longer wanted. The long-term effects of dioxins, chlorine and other pollutants eventually released by PVC include endocrine disruption, which can lead to cancers, birth defects, immune system suppression and developmental problems in children.
Service After the Sale
CCI has been selling, maintaining, repairing and improving the Victor awning window since 1987. We have experienced service personnel available on Oahu that is able to help you with just about any problem.