Building Industry Magazine - May 2011 - (Page 44)

Windows, Skylights & Doors: BY JASON SOEDA THE LOCAL WAY What are the biggest trends in windows, skylights and doors? To find out, we’re bringing you comments from the top manufacturers and suppliers serving the state of Hawaii. Practical Solutions Pella is a company that does it all — windows, skylights and doors. Pella Corporation has been designing, testing, manufacturing quality products for 86 years. Although its headquarters is located in Pella, Iowa, the company has a strong presence in Hawaii. Pella’s products have been in the islands for around 16 years. What big trends are bringing local customers through their doors? “The trend in Hawaii right now is to replace old, worn out jalousie windows,” says Leona Higuchi, Pella trade sales consultant. “Jalousie windows are a part of almost every community here, however, the vulnerability to break-ins is forcing homeowners to turn to more secure types of windows. Also, homeowners are installing energyefficient split or central air conditioners and are looking for windows and doors that have better seals to keep the cold air from escaping.” Homeowners also are realizing that practical renovations, like energyefficient replacement windows, can dramatically cut energy loss and help lower energy bills. One such window is Pella Impervia. “Pella definitely has the niche in the market with our Designer series (blinds positioned between the exterior and removable interior glass) and Impervia (fiberglass) windows and doors,” says Dawn Ujimori of Pella Windows & Doors – Hawaii. Pella Impervia windows and patio doors are manufactured from Duracast, one of the strongest, most durable materials available in windows and doors. Duracast is an exclusive five-layer fiberglass composite that offers customers durability and energy efficiency. Hawaii Skylights and Solar Fans’ top-selling products are Solatube skylights, which provide natural light and mean homeowners rarely need to use electric lights during the day. projects,” says Tong. For example, the company carries top-quality curtain wall products such as EFCO and Kalwall, along with skylights manufactured by Distictive Skylights and Velux Skylights. Patio covers by Crystalite, Polygal and Stobag are also available. Hawaii Skylights and Solar Fans is another kamaaina company that specializes in cutting edge daylighting products such as Solatubes skylights. “The business was started three years ago on March 24, 2008, my 50th birthday,” says company owner Ken Sheeks. “Some guys buy Porsches, I started a business.” “We’ve made substantial progress reaching out to homeowners and home builders in the last few years by attending every significant home and remodeling show in the state,” says Sheeks. “One on one, face to face interaction with the people living in Hawaii seems the best way to connect and educate people on how to save money and reduce energy use.” Sheeks says homeowners are now realizing there are alternatives to expensive photovoltaic systems. “Even the folks that can afford a large photovoltaic system are beginning to understand that it is always less Let There Be (Natural) Light Skylights of Hawaii describes itself as the leading supplier of daylighting, natural ventilation, tension fabric and solar solutions in the Pacific. With more than 40 years of local experience, the kamaaina company is a leading product resource for contractors, architects. “We are a locally owned and operated company,” says Jeffrey Tong, sales manager of Skylights of Hawaii. “Our ratio is 40 percent commercial and 60 percent residential.” He defines Skylights of Hawaii as “professionals serving professionals and the people of Hawaii to make their buildings and homes cooler, brighter and healthier — naturally.” Says Tong, “Every project requires different demands, so we customize the correct product for the job and the best possible value for the project.” Energy efficiency and natural lighting are trends that are stimulating business for Skylights of Hawaii, which carries a wide array of daylighting products including curtain walls, skyroofs, skylights, solar and wind driven ventilation products, solar grills and shades, tension fabric membrane structures and canopies. “Architects use our products for LEED 44 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | MAY 2011 “We believe sustainability means meeting our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” says Pella’s Environmental Manager Jim Nieboer.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Industry Magazine - May 2011

Building Industry Magazine - May 2011
March in the BIA Parade
First Wind Turns on Kahuku Wind Farm
Two New Rail Contracts
U.S. Transportation Head Visits Hawaii
Kalakaua Sidewalk Improvements Begin
New Turf for Aloha Stadium
Contracts Awarded
Hawthorne Hauls Blocks for Mission House
Low Bids
Spotlight on Success: West Hawaii Civic Center
Best Practices
Concept to Completion: Heleloa Neighborhood
New Products

Building Industry Magazine - May 2011