Modern KitchenModern Kitchen, New York
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Insulated. Double-glazed, triple-glazed, or storm windows allow space and air between panes (see the above diagram.) This lowers the U-factor as well as the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). In addition to air, space can also be added to lower the U-factor more. Gas fills or low-E coatings can also be added to insulated windows to further increase efficiency. Low-E coatings. These coatings increase a window's cost by 10 to 15 percent, the DOE says, but they can reduce energy loss by about 30 to 50 percent. The coatings reduce the U-factor but can also reduce visible transmittance unless it's spectrally selective. For hot climates or windows that get a lot of sun, the low-E coating should be on the outside of the glass. For keeping heat inside the house in the winter, the coating should be on the inside of the glass.
What Houzzers are commenting on:
R: like the dropped ceiling to hide ventilation etc... I also think a drop to the ceiling over the island is the way to go - it really makes a difference in terms of defining the space - aesthetics, practicality and acoustics - J