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Vinyl Frame


Description

Window frames are one component of a window assembly. In naturally ventilated buildings window frames allow the window to be opened to bring in fresh air and closed tight to prevent intrusion. Vinyl frames deliver exceptional thermal performance; however, various toxic emissions are related to the manufacture of vinyl.


Tips

O+M Tips

  • Use deionized water to clean windows and frame when possible.
  • Use cleaning chemicals and solutions that are Green Seal certified
  • Dust with micro fiber cloth regularly

End of Life Tips

  • Usually reused by future occupants. However, if frame needs to be replaced, it's important the old vinyl frame is not incinerated as vinyl is comprised of chemical compounds that aren't environmentally friendly.
  • Visit Earth911.com to determine the proper disposal options.

For alignment with LEED Standards

  • Regional Materials: For credit achievement calculation, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost.
    • BD+C and ID+C MR: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Sourcing of Raw Materials and Material Ingredients
    • O+M MR: Purchasing - Facility Maintenance and Renovation
  • Adhesives: Must meet the volatile organic compound (VOC) requirements of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1168.
    • BD+C and ID+C EQ: Low-Emitting Materials
    • O+M MR: Purchasing - Facility Maintenance and Renovation
  • Energy: Comply with ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010.
    • BD+C EA: Minimum Energy Performance