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  • MIchele Arnold
    Dear Susan, I would replace the door with another that has a window and would put up a curtain on window ­ with backing that reflects the heat, just in the
    Message 1 of 13 , Jul 14, 2011
      Re: [hreg] Re: West-facing window heat gain issue Dear Susan,
      I would replace the door with another that has a window and would put up a curtain on window – with backing that reflects the heat, just in the summer. I would also begin amending the soil around your struggling elm with composted material. I, too, hang my laundry and have endured taunts from my neighbors. Are you attending the HREG meeting on July 21?
      Best,
      Michele



      From: SusanD <texasblessings@...>
      Reply-To: <hreg@yahoogroups.com>
      Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2011 05:30:16 -0000
      To: <hreg@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: [hreg] Re: West-facing window heat gain issue

       
       
       
         

      P.S.:  I had a west-facing door with internal operable blinds encased between the glasses at this same property and the blinds did not operate well during the heat of the day due to their expansion within the glass, so I have nixed that idea pretty much.

      --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com <mailto:hreg%40yahoogroups.com> , "SusanD" <texasblessings@...> wrote:
      >
      > I wonder if any of you can offer suggestions:
      >
      > I have a 36" X 80" west-facing exterior door that goes out of my laundry room to my solar & wind powered clothes dryer (AKA my clothesline)is located.  The door has a very large gas-filled double paned glass window in it and the laundry room would be very dark without the provided natural light.  The door was salvaged out of a UT remodel and I purchased it through the Habitat for Humanity restore several years back, but it has seen better days and has a large area of rot, and I need to replace it.  It is one of only two west-facing heat-absorbing features in my house.  I did plant a small lace-bark elm between the windowed door and the sun's most direct summer arc, but the soil isn't great there and the poor little things struggling to survive, much less grow into a great shade tree to keep the sun from baking the door and sending its rays on into the house.
      >
      > So I wonder what you guys would do?  Would you sacrifice the light and go with a solid door?  Put another windowed door in and put solar reflective film on it?  Rip out the small tree and plant something more substantial?  Are there options I'm not considering that come to mind?  We hardly ever use our electric heat system and so I'm not at all concerned about maintaining the ability to gain heat from it in the winter months (the two days of winter we have here) but I would hate to lose the natural light.
      >
      > Suggestions?
      >
      > Thanks,
      > Susan
      >

       
         


    • J P Malone
      Susan: . You are better off heat-wise to stop the solar heat before it enters the residence. So adequate shrubbery shading is a good step. . You
      Message 2 of 13 , Jul 14, 2011

        Susan:

        ·        You are better off heat-wise to stop the solar heat before it enters the residence.  So adequate shrubbery shading is a good step. 

        ·        You might consider a half-glass door, instead of full length glass, plus an awning over the door.

        ·        Also, using a storm door in front of the main door with reflective film with solar screens would still allow light through and reduce the heat getting to the main door.

         

        Good luck.

         

        From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of SusanD
        Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:30 AM
        To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [hreg] Re: West-facing window heat gain issue

         

         

        P.S.: I had a west-facing door with internal operable blinds encased between the glasses at this same property and the blinds did not operate well during the heat of the day due to their expansion within the glass, so I have nixed that idea pretty much.

        --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, "SusanD" <texasblessings@...> wrote:
        >
        > I wonder if any of you can offer suggestions:
        >
        > I have a 36" X 80" west-facing exterior door that goes out of my laundry room to my solar & wind powered clothes dryer (AKA my clothesline)is located. The door has a very large gas-filled double paned glass window in it and the laundry room would be very dark without the provided natural light. The door was salvaged out of a UT remodel and I purchased it through the Habitat for Humanity restore several years back, but it has seen better days and has a large area of rot, and I need to replace it. It is one of only two west-facing heat-absorbing features in my house. I did plant a small lace-bark elm between the windowed door and the sun's most direct summer arc, but the soil isn't great there and the poor little things struggling to survive, much less grow into a great shade tree to keep the sun from baking the door and sending its rays on into the house.
        >
        > So I wonder what you guys would do? Would you sacrifice the light and go with a solid door? Put another windowed door in and put solar reflective film on it? Rip out the small tree and plant something more substantial? Are there options I'm not considering that come to mind? We hardly ever use our electric heat system and so I'm not at all concerned about maintaining the ability to gain heat from it in the winter months (the two days of winter we have here) but I would hate to lose the natural light.
        >
        > Suggestions?
        >
        > Thanks,
        > Susan
        >

      • SusanD
        I m not sure if I m going to be able to attend the meeting yet. I would love to get to come and to meet everybody!! My daughter just had a baby and they live
        Message 3 of 13 , Jul 14, 2011
          I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to attend the meeting yet. I would love to get to come and to meet everybody!! My daughter just had a baby and they live in New Braunfels, so I've had to be on the road quite a lot and am not sure, yet, what next weekend holds in store for me.

          Thanks for all the suggestions!!

          Susan

          --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, MIchele Arnold <mawriter666@...> wrote:
          >
          > Dear Susan,
          > I would replace the door with another that has a window and would put up a
          > curtain on window ­ with backing that reflects the heat, just in the summer.
          > I would also begin amending the soil around your struggling elm with
          > composted material. I, too, hang my laundry and have endured taunts from my
          > neighbors. Are you attending the HREG meeting on July 21?
          > Best,
          > Michele
          >
          >
          >
          > From: SusanD <texasblessings@...>
          > Reply-To: <hreg@yahoogroups.com>
          > Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2011 05:30:16 -0000
          > To: <hreg@yahoogroups.com>
          > Subject: [hreg] Re: West-facing window heat gain issue
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          > P.S.: I had a west-facing door with internal operable blinds encased
          > between the glasses at this same property and the blinds did not operate
          > well during the heat of the day due to their expansion within the glass, so
          > I have nixed that idea pretty much.
          >
          > --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com <mailto:hreg%40yahoogroups.com> , "SusanD"
          > <texasblessings@> wrote:
          > >
          > > I wonder if any of you can offer suggestions:
          > >
          > > I have a 36" X 80" west-facing exterior door that goes out of my laundry room
          > to my solar & wind powered clothes dryer (AKA my clothesline)is located. The
          > door has a very large gas-filled double paned glass window in it and the laundry
          > room would be very dark without the provided natural light. The door was
          > salvaged out of a UT remodel and I purchased it through the Habitat for Humanity
          > restore several years back, but it has seen better days and has a large area of
          > rot, and I need to replace it. It is one of only two west-facing heat-absorbing
          > features in my house. I did plant a small lace-bark elm between the windowed
          > door and the sun's most direct summer arc, but the soil isn't great there and
          > the poor little things struggling to survive, much less grow into a great shade
          > tree to keep the sun from baking the door and sending its rays on into the
          > house.
          > >
          > > So I wonder what you guys would do? Would you sacrifice the light and go with
          > a solid door? Put another windowed door in and put solar reflective film on it?
          > Rip out the small tree and plant something more substantial? Are there options
          > I'm not considering that come to mind? We hardly ever use our electric heat
          > system and so I'm not at all concerned about maintaining the ability to gain
          > heat from it in the winter months (the two days of winter we have here) but I
          > would hate to lose the natural light.
          > >
          > > Suggestions?
          > >
          > > Thanks,
          > > Susan
          > >
          >
        • Scarsella, Thomas M. (JSC-IC8)[DB Consult
          I d go with another door with a double-paned window. We replaced an old wooden, South-facing, door with one of the newer energy-efficient ones and the inside
          Message 4 of 13 , Jul 14, 2011

            I’d go with another door with a double-paned window.  We replaced an old wooden, South-facing, door with one of the newer energy-efficient ones and the inside of the new one is cool to the touch where the old solid one was not.  I don’t think you have to choose between light and energy efficiency.

             

             

            From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of SusanD
            Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:30 AM
            To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [hreg] Re: West-facing window heat gain issue

             

             

            P.S.: I had a west-facing door with internal operable blinds encased between the glasses at this same property and the blinds did not operate well during the heat of the day due to their expansion within the glass, so I have nixed that idea pretty much.

            --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, "SusanD" <texasblessings@...> wrote:
            >
            > I wonder if any of you can offer suggestions:
            >
            > I have a 36" X 80" west-facing exterior door that goes out of my laundry room to my solar & wind powered clothes dryer (AKA my clothesline)is located. The door has a very large gas-filled double paned glass window in it and the laundry room would be very dark without the provided natural light. The door was salvaged out of a UT remodel and I purchased it through the Habitat for Humanity restore several years back, but it has seen better days and has a large area of rot, and I need to replace it. It is one of only two west-facing heat-absorbing features in my house. I did plant a small lace-bark elm between the windowed door and the sun's most direct summer arc, but the soil isn't great there and the poor little things struggling to survive, much less grow into a great shade tree to keep the sun from baking the door and sending its rays on into the house.
            >
            > So I wonder what you guys would do? Would you sacrifice the light and go with a solid door? Put another windowed door in and put solar reflective film on it? Rip out the small tree and plant something more substantial? Are there options I'm not considering that come to mind? We hardly ever use our electric heat system and so I'm not at all concerned about maintaining the ability to gain heat from it in the winter months (the two days of winter we have here) but I would hate to lose the natural light.
            >
            > Suggestions?
            >
            > Thanks,
            > Susan
            >

          • Gino Griego
            If your budget is a concern, try a heavy drape/curtain in front of the door to establish a thermal barrier between the door and the inside. The low e doors are
            Message 5 of 13 , Jul 14, 2011
              If your budget is a concern, try a heavy drape/curtain in front of the door to establish a thermal barrier between the door and the inside. The low e doors are great, however the return on investment Will be measured in decades not years.  

              Thanks,

              Gino

              Sent from my iPhone

              On Jul 14, 2011, at 14:05, "Scarsella, Thomas M. (JSC-IC8)[DB Consulting Group, Inc.]"<Thomas.m.scarsella@...> wrote:

               

              I’d go with another door with a double-paned window.  We replaced an old wooden, South-facing, door with one of the newer energy-efficient ones and the inside of the new one is cool to the touch where the old solid one was not.  I don’t think you have to choose between light and energy efficiency.

               

               

              From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of SusanD
              Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:30 AM
              To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: [hreg] Re: West-facing window heat gain issue

               

               

              P.S.: I had a west-facing door with internal operable blinds encased between the glasses at this same property and the blinds did not operate well during the heat of the day due to their expansion within the glass, so I have nixed that idea pretty much.

              --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, "SusanD" <texasblessings@...> wrote:
              >
              > I wonder if any of you can offer suggestions:
              >
              > I have a 36" X 80" west-facing exterior door that goes out of my laundry room to my solar & wind powered clothes dryer (AKA my clothesline)is located. The door has a very large gas-filled double paned glass window in it and the laundry room would be very dark without the provided natural light. The door was salvaged out of a UT remodel and I purchased it through the Habitat for Humanity restore several years back, but it has seen better days and has a large area of rot, and I need to replace it. It is one of only two west-facing heat-absorbing features in my house. I did plant a small lace-bark elm between the windowed door and the sun's most direct summer arc, but the soil isn't great there and the poor little things struggling to survive, much less grow into a great shade tree to keep the sun from baking the door and sending its rays on into the house.
              >
              > So I wonder what you guys would do? Would you sacrifice the light and go with a solid door? Put another windowed door in and put solar reflective film on it? Rip out the small tree and plant something more substantial? Are there options I'm not considering that come to mind? We hardly ever use our electric heat system and so I'm not at all concerned about maintaining the ability to gain heat from it in the winter months (the two days of winter we have here) but I would hate to lose the natural light.
              >
              > Suggestions?
              >
              > Thanks,
              > Susan
              >

            • Scarsella, Thomas M. (JSC-IC8)[DB Consult
              True but the benefits are substantial. Our e-door lets in more light and is better insulated certainly but it is also much quieter inside than it used to be
              Message 6 of 13 , Jul 14, 2011

                True but the benefits are substantial.   Our e-door lets in more light and is better insulated certainly but it is also much quieter inside than it used to be with the new which is quite solid.  The glass survived being pelted by wind-blown debris during Ike and it would be very hard to break down.  We feel like we got a lot for what we paid though I know the other benefits are somewhat off-topic.

                 

                From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Gino Griego
                Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:12 PM
                To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: Re: [hreg] Re: West-facing window heat gain issue

                 

                 

                If your budget is a concern, try a heavy drape/curtain in front of the door to establish a thermal barrier between the door and the inside. The low e doors are great, however the return on investment Will be measured in decades not years.  

                Thanks,

                 

                Gino

                 

                Sent from my iPhone


                On Jul 14, 2011, at 14:05, "Scarsella, Thomas M. (JSC-IC8)[DB Consulting Group, Inc.]"<Thomas.m.scarsella@...> wrote:

                 

                I’d go with another door with a double-paned window.  We replaced an old wooden, South-facing, door with one of the newer energy-efficient ones and the inside of the new one is cool to the touch where the old solid one was not.  I don’t think you have to choose between light and energy efficiency.

                 

                 

                From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of SusanD
                Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:30 AM
                To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: [hreg] Re: West-facing window heat gain issue

                 

                 

                P.S.: I had a west-facing door with internal operable blinds encased between the glasses at this same property and the blinds did not operate well during the heat of the day due to their expansion within the glass, so I have nixed that idea pretty much.

                --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, "SusanD" <texasblessings@...> wrote:
                >
                > I wonder if any of you can offer suggestions:
                >
                > I have a 36" X 80" west-facing exterior door that goes out of my laundry room to my solar & wind powered clothes dryer (AKA my clothesline)is located. The door has a very large gas-filled double paned glass window in it and the laundry room would be very dark without the provided natural light. The door was salvaged out of a UT remodel and I purchased it through the Habitat for Humanity restore several years back, but it has seen better days and has a large area of rot, and I need to replace it. It is one of only two west-facing heat-absorbing features in my house. I did plant a small lace-bark elm between the windowed door and the sun's most direct summer arc, but the soil isn't great there and the poor little things struggling to survive, much less grow into a great shade tree to keep the sun from baking the door and sending its rays on into the house.
                >
                > So I wonder what you guys would do? Would you sacrifice the light and go with a solid door? Put another windowed door in and put solar reflective film on it? Rip out the small tree and plant something more substantial? Are there options I'm not considering that come to mind? We hardly ever use our electric heat system and so I'm not at all concerned about maintaining the ability to gain heat from it in the winter months (the two days of winter we have here) but I would hate to lose the natural light.
                >
                > Suggestions?
                >
                > Thanks,
                > Susan
                >

              • Roy Holder
                A good insulated door with smaller glass will do just fine. The height of the glass is more important than the area, so a narrow tall window will give very
                Message 7 of 13 , Jul 14, 2011
                  A good insulated door with smaller glass will do just fine.
                  The height of the glass is more important than the area, so a narrow tall
                  window will give very good ilumination, while reducing solar gain. It is
                  not a standard stock item at home depot, you would need someone to make it
                  custom for you.
                  If you dont need view you could look at adding a glass transom above the
                  door.
                  All you would need is about 6 to 8 inches clear of glass vertially to give
                  illumination equal to a 1/2 door glass insert. If the house is 1 story and
                  the roof overhangs the door, you could use clear glazing because the roof
                  overhang would protect the glass from all but the lowest sun.

                  An option is an exterior vertical shade device. A rough sawn cedar frame
                  with solar screen material will do an excellent job of reducing afternoon
                  sun. Its placement would be important so as not to greatly reduce daylight
                  gain too.

                  If you just use a regular door with a regular window in it (home depot type
                  stock item), I would add a 3M low E film called E-1235 to the glass. This
                  film silvers a little in low light but reduces most solar gain(and 99%+ UV)
                  but still lets a lot of visible light in. Last time I used it the material
                  was less than 4$ a square foot.




                  At 05:30 AM 7/14/2011 -0000, you wrote:
                  > P.S.: I had a west-facing
                  >door with internal operable blinds encased between the glasses at this same
                  >property and the blinds did not operate well during the heat of the day due
                  >to their expansion within the glass, so I have nixed that idea pretty much.
                  >
                  > --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com""<> wrote:
                  >>
                  >> I wonder if any of you can offer suggestions:
                  >>
                  >>""& wind powered clothes dryer (AKA my clothesline)is located. The door
                  >has a very large gas-filled double paned glass window in it and the laundry
                  >room would be very dark without the provided natural light. The door was
                  >salvaged out of a UT remodel and I purchased it through the Habitat for
                  >Humanity restore several years back, but it has seen better days and has a
                  >large area of rot, and I need to replace it. It is one of only two
                  >west-facing heat-absorbing features in my house. I did plant a small
                  >lace-bark elm between the windowed door and the sun's most direct summer
                  >arc, but the soil isn't great there and the poor little things struggling
                  >to survive, much less grow into a great shade tree to keep the sun from
                  >baking the door and sending its rays on into the house.
                  >>
                  >> So I wonder what you guys would do? Would you sacrifice the light and go
                  >with a solid door? Put another windowed door in and put solar reflective
                  >film on it? Rip out the small tree and plant something more substantial?
                  >Are there options I'm not considering that come to mind? We hardly ever
                  >use our electric heat system and so I'm not at all concerned about
                  >maintaining the ability to gain heat from it in the winter months (the two
                  >days of winter we have here) but I would hate to lose the natural light.
                  >>
                  >> Suggestions?
                  >>
                  >> Thanks,
                  >> Susan
                  >>
                  >
                  > No virus found in this message.
                  > Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
                  > Version: 10.0.1390 / Virus Database: 1516/3763 - Release Date: 07/13/11
                  Roy Holder, AIA

                  L.M. Holder III, FAIA
                  Architects - Planners - Energy Consultants
                  4202 Spicewood Springs Rd., Suite 214
                  Austin, Texas 78759
                  P.512.345.8817 ext.24
                  F.512.345.2143 - M.512-422-0908

                  www.holder3.com
                • Eileen Nehiley
                  My experience with energy efficient & aesthetically pleasing exterior doors for 2/3 the cost of Home Depot or Lowe s or BMC: Bison Builders is a great
                  Message 8 of 13 , Jul 14, 2011
                    My experience with energy efficient & aesthetically pleasing exterior doors for 2/3 the cost of Home Depot or Lowe's or BMC:
                    Bison Builders is a great economical place to get custom doors. I found much better selection for lower price & custom. 
                    It was a win - win for me. Custom side lights with double pane glass on either side of the beveled glass plus a special ordered fiberglass door - about 2/3 of what I'd have paid for something available at hardware stores that I didn't like.

                    Eileen

                    On Jul 14, 2011, at 2:28 PM, Roy Holder wrote:

                     

                    A good insulated door with smaller glass will do just fine.
                    The height of the glass is more important than the area, so a narrow tall
                    window will give very good ilumination, while reducing solar gain. It is
                    not a standard stock item at home depot, you would need someone to make it
                    custom for you.
                    If you dont need view you could look at adding a glass transom above the
                    door.
                    All you would need is about 6 to 8 inches clear of glass vertially to give
                    illumination equal to a 1/2 door glass insert. If the house is 1 story and
                    the roof overhangs the door, you could use clear glazing because the roof
                    overhang would protect the glass from all but the lowest sun.

                    An option is an exterior vertical shade device. A rough sawn cedar frame
                    with solar screen material will do an excellent job of reducing afternoon
                    sun. Its placement would be important so as not to greatly reduce daylight
                    gain too.

                    If you just use a regular door with a regular window in it (home depot type
                    stock item), I would add a 3M low E film called E-1235 to the glass. This
                    film silvers a little in low light but reduces most solar gain(and 99%+ UV)
                    but still lets a lot of visible light in. Last time I used it the material
                    was less than 4$ a square foot.

                    At 05:30 AM 7/14/2011 -0000, you wrote:
                    > P.S.: I had a west-facing
                    >door with internal operable blinds encased between the glasses at this same
                    >property and the blinds did not operate well during the heat of the day due
                    >to their expansion within the glass, so I have nixed that idea pretty much.
                    >
                    > --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com""<> wrote:
                    >>
                    >> I wonder if any of you can offer suggestions:
                    >>
                    >>""& wind powered clothes dryer (AKA my clothesline)is located. The door
                    >has a very large gas-filled double paned glass window in it and the laundry
                    >room would be very dark without the provided natural light. The door was
                    >salvaged out of a UT remodel and I purchased it through the Habitat for
                    >Humanity restore several years back, but it has seen better days and has a
                    >large area of rot, and I need to replace it. It is one of only two
                    >west-facing heat-absorbing features in my house. I did plant a small
                    >lace-bark elm between the windowed door and the sun's most direct summer
                    >arc, but the soil isn't great there and the poor little things struggling
                    >to survive, much less grow into a great shade tree to keep the sun from
                    >baking the door and sending its rays on into the house.
                    >>
                    >> So I wonder what you guys would do? Would you sacrifice the light and go
                    >with a solid door? Put another windowed door in and put solar reflective
                    >film on it? Rip out the small tree and plant something more substantial?
                    >Are there options I'm not considering that come to mind? We hardly ever
                    >use our electric heat system and so I'm not at all concerned about
                    >maintaining the ability to gain heat from it in the winter months (the two
                    >days of winter we have here) but I would hate to lose the natural light.
                    >>
                    >> Suggestions?
                    >>
                    >> Thanks,
                    >> Susan
                    >>
                    >
                    > No virus found in this message.
                    > Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
                    > Version: 10.0.1390 / Virus Database: 1516/3763 - Release Date: 07/13/11
                    Roy Holder, AIA

                    L.M. Holder III, FAIA
                    Architects - Planners - Energy Consultants
                    4202 Spicewood Springs Rd., Suite 214
                    Austin, Texas 78759
                    P.512.345.8817 ext.24
                    F.512.345.2143 - M.512-422-0908

                    www.holder3.com


                  • betina wolfowicz
                    Thanks for the tip Eileen, is Bison on the web? ________________________________ From: Eileen Nehiley To: hreg@yahoogroups.com Sent:
                    Message 9 of 13 , Jul 15, 2011
                      Thanks for the tip Eileen, is Bison on the web?


                      From: Eileen Nehiley <enehiley@...>
                      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                      Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:07 PM
                      Subject: Re: [Spam] [hreg] Re: West-facing window heat gain issue

                       
                      My experience with energy efficient & aesthetically pleasing exterior doors for 2/3 the cost of Home Depot or Lowe's or BMC:
                      Bison Builders is a great economical place to get custom doors. I found much better selection for lower price & custom. 
                      It was a win - win for me. Custom side lights with double pane glass on either side of the beveled glass plus a special ordered fiberglass door - about 2/3 of what I'd have paid for something available at hardware stores that I didn't like.

                      Eileen

                      On Jul 14, 2011, at 2:28 PM, Roy Holder wrote:

                       
                      A good insulated door with smaller glass will do just fine.
                      The height of the glass is more important than the area, so a narrow tall
                      window will give very good ilumination, while reducing solar gain. It is
                      not a standard stock item at home depot, you would need someone to make it
                      custom for you.
                      If you dont need view you could look at adding a glass transom above the
                      door.
                      All you would need is about 6 to 8 inches clear of glass vertially to give
                      illumination equal to a 1/2 door glass insert. If the house is 1 story and
                      the roof overhangs the door, you could use clear glazing because the roof
                      overhang would protect the glass from all but the lowest sun.

                      An option is an exterior vertical shade device. A rough sawn cedar frame
                      with solar screen material will do an excellent job of reducing afternoon
                      sun. Its placement would be important so as not to greatly reduce daylight
                      gain too.

                      If you just use a regular door with a regular window in it (home depot type
                      stock item), I would add a 3M low E film called E-1235 to the glass. This
                      film silvers a little in low light but reduces most solar gain(and 99%+ UV)
                      but still lets a lot of visible light in. Last time I used it the material
                      was less than 4$ a square foot.

                      At 05:30 AM 7/14/2011 -0000, you wrote:
                      > P.S.: I had a west-facing
                      >door with internal operable blinds encased between the glasses at this same
                      >property and the blinds did not operate well during the heat of the day due
                      >to their expansion within the glass, so I have nixed that idea pretty much.
                      >
                      > --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com""<> wrote:
                      >>
                      >> I wonder if any of you can offer suggestions:
                      >>
                      >>""& wind powered clothes dryer (AKA my clothesline)is located. The door
                      >has a very large gas-filled double paned glass window in it and the laundry
                      >room would be very dark without the provided natural light. The door was
                      >salvaged out of a UT remodel and I purchased it through the Habitat for
                      >Humanity restore several years back, but it has seen better days and has a
                      >large area of rot, and I need to replace it. It is one of only two
                      >west-facing heat-absorbing features in my house. I did plant a small
                      >lace-bark elm between the windowed door and the sun's most direct summer
                      >arc, but the soil isn't great there and the poor little things struggling
                      >to survive, much less grow into a great shade tree to keep the sun from
                      >baking the door and sending its rays on into the house.
                      >>
                      >> So I wonder what you guys would do? Would you sacrifice the light and go
                      >with a solid door? Put another windowed door in and put solar reflective
                      >film on it? Rip out the small tree and plant something more substantial?
                      >Are there options I'm not considering that come to mind? We hardly ever
                      >use our electric heat system and so I'm not at all concerned about
                      >maintaining the ability to gain heat from it in the winter months (the two
                      >days of winter we have here) but I would hate to lose the natural light.
                      >>
                      >> Suggestions?
                      >>
                      >> Thanks,
                      >> Susan
                      >>
                      >
                      > No virus found in this message.
                      > Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
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                      Roy Holder, AIA

                      L.M. Holder III, FAIA
                      Architects - Planners - Energy Consultants
                      4202 Spicewood Springs Rd., Suite 214
                      Austin, Texas 78759
                      P.512.345.8817 ext.24
                      F.512.345.2143 - M.512-422-0908

                      www.holder3.com




                    • SusanD
                      Thanks to each of you for your suggestions! I tracked Bison down and managed to get transferred to Dave in the retail/millworks department and though they do
                      Message 10 of 13 , Jul 15, 2011
                        Thanks to each of you for your suggestions!

                        I tracked Bison down and managed to get transferred to "Dave" in the retail/millworks department and though they do offer a good selection of custom doors for very reasonable prices, he said they don't offer anything in the way of energy efficiency, do gas filled of high-E glazing, but just standard two-paned regular glazed glass, so I'm still searching.

                        --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com, betina wolfowicz <bwolfowicz@...> wrote:
                        >
                        > Thanks for the tip Eileen, is Bison on the web?
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > ________________________________
                        > From: Eileen Nehiley <enehiley@...>
                        > To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
                        > Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:07 PM
                        > Subject: Re: [Spam] [hreg] Re: West-facing window heat gain issue
                        >
                        >
                        >  
                        > My experience with energy efficient & aesthetically pleasing exterior doors for 2/3 the cost of Home Depot or Lowe's or BMC:
                        > Bison Builders is a great economical place to get custom doors. I found much better selection for lower price & custom. 
                        > It was a win - win for me. Custom side lights with double pane glass on either side of the beveled glass plus a special ordered fiberglass door - about 2/3 of what I'd have paid for something available at hardware stores that I didn't like.
                        >
                        > Eileen
                        >
                        >
                        > On Jul 14, 2011, at 2:28 PM, Roy Holder wrote:
                        >
                        >  
                        > >A good insulated door with smaller glass will do just fine.
                        > >The height of the glass is more important than the area, so a narrow tall
                        > >window will give very good ilumination, while reducing solar gain. It is
                        > >not a standard stock item at home depot, you would need someone to make it
                        > >custom for you.
                        > >If you dont need view you could look at adding a glass transom above the
                        > >door.
                        > >All you would need is about 6 to 8 inches clear of glass vertially to give
                        > >illumination equal to a 1/2 door glass insert. If the house is 1 story and
                        > >the roof overhangs the door, you could use clear glazing because the roof
                        > >overhang would protect the glass from all but the lowest sun.
                        > >
                        > >An option is an exterior vertical shade device. A rough sawn cedar frame
                        > >with solar screen material will do an excellent job of reducing afternoon
                        > >sun. Its placement would be important so as not to greatly reduce daylight
                        > >gain too.
                        > >
                        > >If you just use a regular door with a regular window in it (home depot type
                        > >stock item), I would add a 3M low E film called E-1235 to the glass. This
                        > >film silvers a little in low light but reduces most solar gain(and 99%+ UV)
                        > >but still lets a lot of visible light in. Last time I used it the material
                        > >was less than 4$ a square foot.
                        > >
                        > >At 05:30 AM 7/14/2011 -0000, you wrote:
                        > >> P.S.: I had a west-facing
                        > >>door with internal operable blinds encased between the glasses at this same
                        > >>property and the blinds did not operate well during the heat of the day due
                        > >>to their expansion within the glass, so I have nixed that idea pretty much.
                        > >>
                        > >> --- In hreg@yahoogroups.com""<> wrote:
                        > >>>
                        > >>> I wonder if any of you can offer suggestions:
                        > >>>
                        > >>>""& wind powered clothes dryer (AKA my clothesline)is located. The door
                        > >>has a very large gas-filled double paned glass window in it and the laundry
                        > >>room would be very dark without the provided natural light. The door was
                        > >>salvaged out of a UT remodel and I purchased it through the Habitat for
                        > >>Humanity restore several years back, but it has seen better days and has a
                        > >>large area of rot, and I need to replace it. It is one of only two
                        > >>west-facing heat-absorbing features in my house. I did plant a small
                        > >>lace-bark elm between the windowed door and the sun's most direct summer
                        > >>arc, but the soil isn't great there and the poor little things struggling
                        > >>to survive, much less grow into a great shade tree to keep the sun from
                        > >>baking the door and sending its rays on into the house.
                        > >>>
                        > >>> So I wonder what you guys would do? Would you sacrifice the light and go
                        > >>with a solid door? Put another windowed door in and put solar reflective
                        > >>film on it? Rip out the small tree and plant something more substantial?
                        > >>Are there options I'm not considering that come to mind? We hardly ever
                        > >>use our electric heat system and so I'm not at all concerned about
                        > >>maintaining the ability to gain heat from it in the winter months (the two
                        > >>days of winter we have here) but I would hate to lose the natural light.
                        > >>>
                        > >>> Suggestions?
                        > >>>
                        > >>> Thanks,
                        > >>> Susan
                        > >>>
                        > >>
                        > >> No virus found in this message.
                        > >> Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
                        > >> Version: 10.0.1390 / Virus Database: 1516/3763 - Release Date: 07/13/11
                        > >Roy Holder, AIA
                        > >
                        > >L.M. Holder III, FAIA
                        > >Architects - Planners - Energy Consultants
                        > >4202 Spicewood Springs Rd., Suite 214
                        > >Austin, Texas 78759
                        > >P.512.345.8817 ext.24
                        > >F.512.345.2143 - M.512-422-0908
                        > >
                        > >www.holder3.com
                        > >
                        > >
                        >
                      • Roy Holder
                        you can oeder it without the glass and have a local glass company make and install the low e glass you want ... Roy Holder, AIA L.M. Holder III, FAIA
                        Message 11 of 13 , Jul 15, 2011
                          you can oeder it without the glass and have a local glass company make and
                          install the low e glass you want


                          At 06:48 PM 7/15/2011 -0000, you wrote:
                          > Thanks to each of you for
                          >
                          >
                          >
                          >youruggestions!
                          >
                          >"" in the retail/millworks department and
                          >though
                          >they
                          >do offer a good
                          >selection of custom doors for very reonable
                          >prices,
                          >he
                          >said they don't
                          >offer anything in the way of energy effiency,
                          >do
                          >gas
                          >filled of high-E
                          >glazing, but just standard two-paned
                          >regular
                          >glazed
                          >glass, so I'm still
                          >searching.
                          >
                          > ---
                          >In
                          >hreg@yahoogroups.com<>
                          >wrote:
                          >>
                          >> Thanks for the tip Eileen, is
                          >Bison on
                          >the web?
                          >>
                          >>
                          >>
                          >>
                          >________________________________
                          >><>
                          >>
                          >To:
                          >hreg@yahoogroups.com
                          >> Sent:
                          >Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:07 PM
                          >>
                          >Subject:
                          >Re: [Spam] [hreg] Re:
                          >West-facing window heat gain issue
                          >>
                          >>
                          >
                          >>  
                          >
                          >>& aesthetically
                          >pleasing exterior doors for 2/3 the cost of
                          >Home Depot
                          >or
                          >Lowe's or
                          >BMC:
                          >>& custom. 
                          >> It was a win - win for me.
                          >Custom side
                          >lights with
                          >double pane glass on
                          >either side of the beveled
                          >glass plus a
                          >special
                          >ordered fiberglass door -
                          >about 2/3 of what I'd
                          >have paid for
                          >something
                          >available at hardware stores
                          >that I didn't
                          >like.
                          >>
                          >>
                          >Eileen
                          >>
                          >>
                          >>
                          >On Jul 14, 2011, at 2:28 PM, Roy Holder
                          >wrote:
                          >>
                          >>  
                          >
                          >>>A good
                          >insulated door with smaller glass will do
                          >just fine.
                          >>>The
                          >height of the
                          >glass is more important than the area, so
                          >a narrow
                          >tall
                          >>>window will give
                          >very good ilumination, while reducing
                          >solar gain.
                          > It is
                          >>>not a standard
                          >stock item at home depot, you would
                          >need someone
                          >to make it
                          >>>custom for
                          >you.
                          >>>If you dont need view you
                          >could look at
                          >adding a glass transom
                          >above the
                          >>>door.
                          >>>All you would
                          >need is about
                          >6 to 8 inches clear of
                          >glass vertially to
                          >give
                          >>>illumination equal to a
                          >1/2 door glass insert.
                          >If the house is 1
                          >story and
                          >>>the roof overhangs
                          >the door, you could use
                          >clear glazing
                          >because the roof
                          >>>overhang would
                          >protect the glass from all
                          >but the
                          >lowest sun.
                          >>>
                          >>>An option is an
                          >exterior vertical shade device.
                          >A
                          >rough sawn cedar frame
                          >>>with solar
                          >screen material will do an
                          >excellent
                          >job of reducing afternoon
                          >>>sun. Its
                          >placement would be
                          >important so as
                          >not to greatly reduce daylight
                          >>>gain
                          >too.
                          >>>
                          >>>If you
                          >just use a
                          >regular door with a regular window in it
                          >(home depot
                          >type
                          >>>stock item), I
                          >would add a 3M low E film called E-1235
                          >to the
                          >glass. This
                          >>>film silvers
                          >a little in low light but reduces most
                          >solar
                          >gain(and 99%+ UV)
                          >>>but still
                          >lets a lot of visible light in. Last
                          >time
                          >I used it the material
                          >>>was
                          >less than 4$ a square foot.
                          >>>
                          >>>At
                          >05:30
                          >AM 7/14/2011 -0000, you
                          >wrote:
                          >>>>
                          >
                          > P.S.: I had a
                          >west-facing
                          >>>>door with internal
                          >operable
                          >blinds encased between the
                          >glasses at this same
                          >>>>property and
                          >the
                          >blinds did not operate well
                          >during the heat of the day due
                          >>>>to
                          >their
                          >expansion within the glass, so
                          >I have nixed that idea pretty
                          >much.
                          >>>>
                          >
                          >>>> --- In
                          >hreg@yahoogroups.com""<> wrote:
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> I
                          >wonder if any
                          >of you can
                          >offer suggestions:
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>>""& wind powered
                          >clothes dryer
                          >(AKA my
                          >clothesline)is located. The door
                          >>>>has a very
                          >large gas-filled
                          >double
                          >paned glass window in it and the laundry
                          >>>>room
                          >would be very
                          >dark
                          >without the provided natural light. The door
                          >was
                          >>>>salvaged out of
                          >a UT
                          >remodel and I purchased it through the
                          >Habitat for
                          >>>>Humanity
                          >restore
                          >several years back, but it has seen
                          >better days and has
                          >a
                          >>>>large area of
                          >rot, and I need to replace it.
                          >It is one of only
                          >two
                          >>>>west-facing
                          >heat-absorbing features in my
                          >house. I did plant a
                          >small
                          >>>>lace-bark elm
                          >between the windowed door
                          >and the sun's most
                          >direct summer
                          >>>>arc, but the
                          >soil isn't great there
                          >and the poor little
                          >things struggling
                          >>>>to
                          >survive, much less grow into
                          >a great shade tree
                          >to keep the sun
                          >from
                          >>>>baking the door and sending
                          >its rays on into the
                          >house.
                          >>>>>
                          >
                          >>>>> So I wonder what you guys would
                          >do? Would you
                          >sacrifice the light
                          >and go
                          >>>>with a solid door? Put
                          >another windowed
                          >door in and put solar
                          >reflective
                          >>>>film on it? Rip
                          >out the small tree
                          >and plant something more
                          >substantial?
                          >>>>Are there
                          >options I'm not
                          >considering that come to mind?
                          >We hardly ever
                          >>>>use
                          >our electric heat
                          >system and so I'm not at all
                          >concerned
                          >about
                          >>>>maintaining the ability
                          >to gain heat from it in the
                          >winter
                          >months (the two
                          >>>>days of winter we
                          >have here) but I would hate to
                          >lose
                          >the natural light.
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>>
                          >Suggestions?
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>>
                          >Thanks,
                          >>>>>
                          >Susan
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>
                          >>>>
                          > No
                          >virus found in
                          >this message.
                          >>>> Checked by AVG -
                          >www.avg.com
                          >>>>
                          >Version: 10.0.1390 /
                          >Virus Database: 1516/3763 - Release
                          >Date: 07/13/11
                          >
                          >>>Roy Holder,
                          >AIA
                          >>>
                          >>>L.M. Holder III,
                          >FAIA
                          >>>Architects - Planners -
                          >Energy
                          >Consultants
                          >>>4202 Spicewood
                          >Springs Rd., Suite 214
                          >>>Austin,
                          >Texas 78759
                          >>>P.512.345.8817
                          >ext.24
                          >>>F.512.345.2143 -
                          >
                          >M.512-422-0908
                          >>>
                          >>>www.holder3.com
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>
                          >
                          >
                          >
                          > No virus found in this message.
                          > Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
                          > Version: 10.0.1390 / Virus Database: 1516/3766 - Release Date: 07/15/11
                          Roy Holder, AIA

                          L.M. Holder III, FAIA
                          Architects - Planners - Energy Consultants
                          4202 Spicewood Springs Rd., Suite 214
                          Austin, Texas 78759
                          P.512.345.8817 ext.24
                          F.512.345.2143 - M.512-422-0908

                          www.holder3.com
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