Green Building Practices

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™ (LEED) is an important certification for recognizing builders for environmental and public health excellence.

Milgard windows and patio doors can play an important role in obtaining this green building certification. By optimizing energy performance, increasing ventilation and using low-emitting materials, paints, coatings and recycled content, the Milgard family of products can boost your LEED rating.

This system encourages the adoption of sustainable green building and development practices, and rewards projects built under these guidelines. While building components themselves are not individually certified, they can contribute to points awarded to a project as a whole.

Learn how Milgard windows and patio doors can help earn LEED v 4 credits for energy & atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality here.

Request for on-site presentation of our AIA continuing education course “Making a Home Greener with Replacement Windows and Patio Doors”, or earn Green Building Certification Inc. credit on the following courses:

  • Daylighting Inside and Out: Unconventional Ways to Bring More Natural Light Into and Throughout a Building
  • Sustainable Design for Windows
  • Using the 7 Principles of Universal Design for Specifying Windows and Glass Doors
  • Sustainability and Window Materials 101: Choosing the Best Window Material to Achieve Sustainability Goals
  • Maximum Daylight & Ventilation

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Frame Materials

Each component of a window and door — from the insulated glass to the hardware — is encapsulated within the frame. A well-crafted frame begins with high grade raw materials that are transformed to windows and patio doors through a strict quality-control process. Milgard selects frame materials with purpose and stands behind every finished product to provide long-lasting performance.

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Have you ever thought about your window and patio door glass? You probably have unique needs in every room of your home, depending on the direction your windows face. One side could benefit from sun protection and another may need privacy. Because our windows and patio doors are custom made, you can select different types of glass for each individual window or patio door to address a variety of requirements.

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Window Screens

Window and patio door screens are primarily designed to let fresh air in and keep most everything else out. Milgard screens are crafted using aluminum frames and fiberglass mesh. Most screens are placed on the exterior of your home, so that you can open and close the window from the inside. Only casement and awning windows have the screen on the interior side, so that the window can be cranked open for ventilation.

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Get creative. Make it your own with grids. Imagine the morning sunlight gently entering a room. As the light warms your room, you notice a delightful mosaic of light and shadows reflecting on the wall—a reflection of the grid design you’ve chosen for your windows or patio door.

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When considering hardware for windows or patio doors, there are four main things to keep in mind: the lock, opening and closing handle, tilt latch and hardware finish.

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