Product submissions were assessed based on four key areas: sustainability, transparency and verification, innovation, and application. LiteZone Glass Units were chosen by the jury because the product addresses both the energy performance and lifespan issues of traditional windows. Using multiple interior layers of film rather than glass allows LiteZone insulating glass units more flexibility to meet different objectives and budgets, attaining insulating values as high as R19.6 at centre of glass, and R17 for the overall window. This level of performance can dramatically improve energy efficiency and comfort.
LiteZone has also produced these insulating glass units with a life span of more than 60 years. There are no inert gases used, and no fear of performance loss due to inert gases escaping. Air pressure is equalized between the inside and outside of the unit to greatly reduce stress on the edge seals. Advanced perimeter edge seals and spacers and other refinements also contribute to greater longevity, reducing lifecycle costs and environmental impacts.
“I’d like to congratulate LiteZone Glass Inc. on winning our second-annual Green Building Product of the Year Award,” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC. “Windows are a critical component of better building envelopes but historically developers and owners gravitated toward low insulating values which increase energy consumption and discomfort. LiteZone Glass Units are an innovative, practical solution to these issues, and a great example of how Canadian manufacturers are meeting the growing demand for high performance building technology.”
“UL Environment is proud to sponsor Canada Green Building Council’s Green Building Product of the year competition, “says Joe Hosey, General Manager, UL Canada. “Our goal is to support the growth and development of healthier, more sustainable products, and by recognizing unique Canadian made green products, we can foster innovation in sustainable product development and help connect specifiers and purchasers to more sustainable product choices.”
The runner-up for the 2016 Green Building Product of the Year Award was:
- The GoConex system by Lewen Electronics. By eliminating the need to physically connect switches to lights and other loads, this intuitive system reduces the economic costs and environmental impacts of wiring and electrical boxes, savings hundreds of feet of wiring and dozens of electrical boxes in a typical home installation. This system is more consumer friendly, and reduces vapour barrier penetrations in order to improve energy efficiency.
“We are honoured that LiteZone has won the Canada Green Building Council’s 2016 Product of the Year Award,” says Greg Clarahan, President and CEO of LiteZone Glass Inc. “LiteZone is a new kind of insulating glass that can greatly improve the insulating value of windows and thereby make an important contribution to the design of high performing green buildings and to a more sustainable future. After years of development and with LiteZone only recently making its market debut, it is truly gratifying to receive this prestigious recognition.”
The panel of judges for this year’s Product of the Year Award was:
- Sheila Brown, Sustainability Expert
- Joel Courchesne
- Rebecca Holt
- Mark Hutchinson, Director, Green Building Programs, CaGBC
As the winner of the Award, LiteZone Glass Inc. has the right to use a CaGBC Product of the Year crest on its marketing materials and product website. This crest is only available to the winning project, making it an exclusive signifier of a truly green product. It should be noted that no product can be pre-approved as contributing to LEED credits regardless of designation; products contribute to LEED projects on a case-by-case basis.
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