Thursday, November 24, 2011

Toronto Condos Not Built to Last

There was an interesting article in the Huffington Post recently about the condo buildings that are sprouting up in Toronto. It covers a number of details about the estimated lifespan of these buildings and how the beauty of floor to ceiling windows comes at a cost.

But there is one issue that I felt they neglected to mention in their article. The windows have argon gas inside to provide insulation and while the argon gas may eventually leak out and ruin the insulating properties of the glass, I'll guarantee that you'll notice a cool draft in your condo long before the glass fails.

That's because of the frame. From what I've seen, its not uncommon for the window to be seated in a metal frame that extends on both sides of the glass. This means that when the temperatures drop, the metal frame itself will be a conduit for heat to flow from your apartment. Doesn't matter how good the insulation of the windows is.

Something to consider if you're looking at buying a condo.

9 comments:

gwilliamjr said...

The windows have a thermal break, meaning, the exterior of the alum and the interior of the alum are joined by a piece of hardened vinyl and wont allow the conduction of cold.
The Argon gas is really nothing. If you consider the walls to be R20, and, at best the highest effeciency thermal glass to be R5 then your windows are still the biggest source of heat loss. Its Canada, some days its just gonna be cold.

Thucydides said...

A new material called Aerogel is perhaps the best insulator ever created. It is virtually transparent and can be sandwitched between layers of glass.

Sadly the stuff has an astronomical price tag....

Eric said...

gwilliamjr:

Not in the condo I used to live in. It was brand new and when I mentioned the frame to builder they acknowledged there wasn't a thermal break installed.

jaybanks said...

The so called "Throw away buildings" are being built in many new residential areas around the world. For example, they are very popular in Scandinavia which is known for top notch architectural and design solutions. Therefore, I don't see the biggest problem of the condos in Toronto just in the extensive use of glass, as it does not seem to cause any major problems over there. Even with the different climate, there must be a way how to extend the durability of the material. The condominium projects have many aspects that need to be taken into consideration, both the positive and negative ones.

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