Get Green with Style Blog

Definition and Product of the Week 07.31.2010

by Hilary Sopata

Each Saturday, we post a definition and a product of the week so that you can learn more about going green and what makes particular products green. This week, we’ll define LOW-E and the product of the week is GRABER WINDOW TREATMENTS.  

Definition: LOW-E (in our own words)  

Low-E stands for low-emissivity and refers to windows that have a coating of a thin metal film that reduces the greenhouse effect of solar heat building up indoors.  This is a must for homes in hot climates as you can keep your window treatments open and still experience daylight.  People with homes in more temperate climates should consider carefully which windows, if any, are Low-E.  The tradeoff is that in the winter, you want the heat to build up if it is cold outside.  Placement of deciduous trees, eave overhang depth, and home orientation also play a major role in using passive solar energy to your advantage.


Graber is a leader in eco friendly window treatments.  Admittedly, we still have a long way to go in this area of green design, they have taken some noteworthy steps that warrant mentioning here.  One example is that when making their wood blinds, they source the wood domestically from sustainably managed forests.  This ensures that there is no illegal logging and that potential carbon emissions for transporting the wood are reduced.  Graber uses the leftover pieces of wood as fuel.  The packaging is minimal and 100% recyclable, and the final product, in this case wood blinds, is 100% recyclable.  Check the data sheets on Graber’s website for specific information related to the green-ness of each product line that they manufacture.

For more information about ordering this product or any of the products mentioned on our blog, contact Interior Visions Designs at 847.825.0450.  

Source: Graber Website


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