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Ronald McDonald House Charities in Spokane, Washington, provides a home for families with seriously sick or injured children, but its location next to an exit ramp on noisy I-90 could prevent it from being a restful space. To help keep residents comfortable during difficult times, Pella Inland Northwest and Pella Corporation supplied discounted Pella® Lifestyle Series wood windows with sound barriers and energy efficiency.

Unbeatable Sound Performance from Pella

“We opted for wood because it had the triple-glazed system, which we thought would offer the best value for the money, and it turned out really well for Ronald McDonald House Charities,” said Charles Zandbergen, Principal at Wolfe Architectural Group. “There are a lot of nice things about that window. It gives you choices in terms of the type of glazing that can go in there, not only in terms of the acoustical treatment but also in terms of the Low-E system that we can get.”

To reduce the sound barrier between the campus and the freeway, the acoustical engineer on the project recommended a high Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) to get the greatest sound reduction possible. Energy-efficient windows with triple-pane glass from Pella reduce 52% more sound than single-pane windows1 and have been tested for OITC.

Exceptional Energy-Efficient Windows

“Washington State Energy Code is very restrictive, and we found that U-Factor performance suffers the higher the acoustical requirement,” said Zandbergen. “Pella Lifestyle Series windows were a really good balance where we got to meet the Washington State Energy Code in terms of the window value but also have a high enough acoustical value to make this a good-looking window.”

Pella Lifestyle Series wood windows offer an unbeatable combination of sound performance, energy efficiency and value.2 On average, Pella Lifestyle Series windows with triple-pane glass are 79% more energy-efficient than single-pane windows3 — and meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® certification in all 50 states.4 By opting for the patented triple-glazed system, Zandbergen was able to meet the Washington State Energy Code with a Low-E system and achieve enhanced sound dampening.

Style Flexibility

Pella Lifestyle Series offers a selection of beautiful paints, stains and hardware finishes to suit any project — in addition to the most desired features and options.

“The hardware is really nice,” said Zandbergen. “The integrated folding crank with limiting device only opened the window four inches for safety.”

Additionally, Pella Lifestyle Series features a range of colors that can come prestained to reduce onsite work. Zandbergen chose black for the interior and exterior of the facility, one of Pella’s standard color options.

“It takes a lot of time for a painter to take over glazing, staining and putting a window back together,” said Zandbergen. “The fact that the windows had a range of colors and came prestained was really nice.”

Contact your Pella rep today to explore Pella Lifestyle Series windows and patio doors for your next project.


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1 Performance solutions require upgrades to triple-pane and mixed glass thickness. Reduction in sound based on OITC ratings of Pella® Lifestyle Series windows compared to a single-pane wood or vinyl window with an OITC of 19. Double-hung windows are not available with triple-pane glass. Calculated by using the sound transmission loss values in the 80 to 4000 Hz range as measured in accordance with ASTM E-90(09). Actual results may vary.

2 Performance solutions offering an unbeatable combination of energy efficiency, sound control and value require upgrades to triple-pane, AdvancedComfort Low-E and mixed glass thickness. Based on comparing product quotes and published STC/OITC and U-Factor ratings of leading national wood window and patio door brands.

3 Performance solutions require upgrades to triple-pane and AdvancedComfort Low-E. Window energy efficiency calculated in a computer simulation using RESFEN 6.0 default parameters for a 2,000-square-foot new construction single-story home when comparing Pella® Lifestyle Series windows to a single-pane wood or vinyl window. Double-hung windows are not available with triple-pane glass. The energy efficiency and actual savings will vary by location. The average window energy efficiency is based on a national average of 94 modeled cities across the country with weighting based on population. For more details, see pella.com/methodology.

4 Some Pella® products may not meet ENERGY STAR® certification in Canada. For more information, contact your local Pella sales representative or go to energystar.gc.ca

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