ENERGY STAR is a program run by the United States Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency that helps individuals and businesses protect the environment through greater energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR label can be affixed only to windows and doors that meet specific U-Factor and shading coefficient ratings for one or more regions of the U.S. These ratings are achieved through independent testing done to NFRC* standards. The ratings of one window will differ from another because of variables such as the glass used, style and product design.
Learn more about the ENERGY STAR program at www.energystar.gov.
*National Fenestration Rating Council, a federal program created to establish standardized testing procedures and ratings of window and door products.
All SoftLite vinyl windows and patio doors that incorporate any of SoftLite’s numerous high-performance glass options meet ENERGY STAR requirements and therefore are ENERGY STAR labeled. SoftLite windows have consistently achieved some of the highest NFRC ratings in the industry.
Most SoftLite windows have been recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Products. The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation recognizes the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR. Double-hung, sliding and picture windows from every one of SoftLite’s product lines — including Barrington, Bainbridge LE, Pro, Classic Plus, Imperial Elite and Elements — have earned the Most Efficient designation with various high-performance, insulated glass systems. SoftLite windows had to meet strict criteria to earn the prestigious Most Efficient distinction. In addition, SoftLite has consistently been awarded ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award which is a high honor and shows our company’s dedication to manufacturing windows that will save you on your home’s energy costs.
At SoftLite, our commitment to the ENERGY STAR program and the environment goes beyond manufacturing some of the most energy-efficient windows in the industry. Our company continually strives to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint through waste and energy reduction as well as recycling items such as cardboard, ballasts, lightbulbs, batteries, electronics and computers in addition to paper, glass, plastic, and aluminum products throughout our entire facility.
With clear views and eye-catching design being top of mind when looking at windows, it’s easy to lose focus on some of the less obvious benefits of quality windows. And we aren’t talking about the glass quality, the design of the frames, opening mechanisms, or even thermal efficiency. There are a host of window benefits coasting under the radar that we unveil below.