Why Our Windows Are Better: Energy Star Certified

All our vinyl windows are Energy Star® certified and our ratings are among the best in our class.

To better understand the ratings here is an explanation of the ratings terminology:

Energy Rating

The Energy Rating (ER) value is calculated using a formula that balances a product's U-value with its potential solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) and its airtightness. The higher the number, the more energy efficient the product. The ER scale was recently modified so that all products now have a rating of between 0 and about 50. (Under the previous rating scale, it was possible for a product to have a negative ER number.) The higher the ER number, the better the product's thermal performance.


A U-value indicates the rate of heat transfer. The lower the U-value number, the slower it transfers heat from a warm area to a cold area. Equivalent R-Values have been given to help you understand the U-values. An R-Value is the inverse of a U-value and indicates the resistance to heat transfer. The higher the R-Value number, the more insulative the product is. The R-Values given are in imperial units. Neither the U- or R-value account for heat energy from the sun (solar gain).

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

The solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) indicates the amount of solar gain through a pane of glass. It ranges from 0 to 100. The higher the number, the better the solar gain.

Air Tightness and Other Ratings

All windows and sliding glass doors must be rated for their airtightness, watertightness, wind load strength, resistance to forced entry, insect screen strength (windows only) and ease of operation (sliding glass doors only) when they are installed in new homes or other buildings. Provincial and local building codes require different airtightness, watertightness and wind load strength categories depending on the climatic conditions.