September 29, 2022

These Are NOT Your Average Windows 

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I take you back to our Rhode Island passive home project where you’ll drool with envy over these authentically European tilt and turn windows. Plus, I’ll explain how the installation differs from a traditional window install.


As the temporary walls come down and the windows are placed, we are really beginning to see this home open up—literally! The views are not only impressive but are dramatically enhanced by the strategic placement of the windows by the architect and homeowner, Julia. And these are not your average windows by any means!

These all-aluminum windows manufactured by Schӧne have an awesome tilt-turn feature for opening. If you turn the handle one way, the window tilts down from the top (providing ventilation while offering protection from rain or an intruder). Turn the handle in the other direction, and the window turns in, opening like a hinged door. And the window frames go all the way up to the ceiling—the header is actually buried up in the roof framing. The innovative design and versatility of these windows add so much to the home—and as a bonus, they are energy efficient and easy to clean.   


The Schӧne reps were on-site to install these windows. The frames went in first, then the glass. One of the advantages of these windows is that the welded aluminum frames are strong and rigid, but lighter and easier to handle. Once the frame is set, the triple-pane glass is placed. The three layers of glass will help us retain more heat and ensure this home is built to a passive level. 

It’s time to discover what NS Builders can intentionally design and build for you! Contact us today to get started on your custom dream home. Together, we can make it happen. 

—Nick Schiffer


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