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.