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When it comes to shopping for energy efficient windows and doors, most Charlotte homeowners don’t know their “U-Factors” from their elbows. But there are important industry terms that homeowners need to understand in order to select the right products for their needs, according to the experts at JELD-WEN Windows & Doors and The Design Center.

Window and door efficiency is measured in a number of ways, so it’s important to base choices on industry certifications, not a manufacturer’s advertising claims. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) conducts tests for energy efficiency based on the entire product, not just the glass.

 Efficiency ratings are based on these important factors:

 U-Factor:  This is the amount of heat flowing through a product. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the product is.

  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC):  This indicates the ability to block heat generated by sunlight. The greater the blockage, the lower the SHGC.
  • Visible Light Transmission:  This is the percentage of sunlight that penetrates a window or door. A higher number means more light enters through the glass.
  • Low-E Glass:  Low-E, or low emissivity, refers to a transparent metallic coating applied to one surface of insulated glass. In the winter, Low-E reflects some of the interior heat back into the home. During warm weather, Low-E glass reduces the amount of the sun’s heat from entering the home, lowering cooling needs. Manufacturers have improved the energy-saving qualities of Low-E glass, with products such as LoĒ3-366, which offers greater protection from solar heat gain.

The easiest way to identify the most energy efficient products on the market is to look for the ENERGY STAR label on products qualified by the Environmental Protection Agency.

In order to be ENERGY STAR qualified, a company must be NFRC certified. NFRC certification is conducted by a third-party organization that uses industry accepted standards for evaluating and certifying energy performance. 

When it comes to windows and doors, the ENERGY STAR program also takes into account those products most suitable for particular regions and climates. Look for windows and doors with the label that shows they meet ENERGY STAR qualifications suitable for your region. 

Energy Efficient window are currently available through The Design Center, a completely new retail concept in the Ballantyne Area outside of Charlotte offering JELD-WEN windows, doors, garage doors as well as professional installation services all in one showroom.

The Design Center is located in the Ballantyne area at 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. The phone number is 800-276-0411.

Wouldn’t it be nice to see what your house would look like with new windows, doors and garage doors before you buy them? Now you can, with the national debut of The Design Center, featuring JELD-WEN Windows & Doors and based right across the border in Fort Mill, SC. Prior to an appointment at The Design Center showroom, you can upload a photo of your home at, then work with a consultant to digitally add new windows and doors for a preview of how different colors and styles will work on your home.For more information on The Design Center, call 800-276-0411. You may also visit 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, or where you can schedule an appointment for your complimentary in-store or in-home consultation. Showroom hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and closed Sunday.

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about The Design Center.

The Design Center offers a completely different kind of window and door shopping experience in a
stylish, interactive setting

The Design Center, a completely new interactive retail concept offering windows, doors, garage doors and professional installation services is now open in the Ballantyne area. Featuring a full lineup of products and services from JELD-WEN, the world’s leading manufacturer of reliable windows and doors, The Design Center is geared toward homeowners who are replacing or remodeling and are seeking a full-service experience complete with installation. “We are here to solve many of the challenges that homeowners have faced in the past when upgrading windows and doors,” said Amy Zimmerman, The Design Center marketing manager.

Customers can browse through six individual product stations to see and learn about an array of full-size wood and vinyl window frames and styles, glass samples, decorative options, as well as interior doors, wood, fiberglass and steel exterior doors, and garage doors. They can also get a head start on seeing what their house will look like with new windows and doors. Prior to a consultative appointment, homeowners can upload a photo at, then work with a consultant to digitally add new windows and doors for a sneak peek at how different colors and styles work on their house.

Location: Located in the Ballantyne area near Charlotte.

Address is 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707

Phone: 800-276-0411 and online at

Products: Wood and vinyl windows, interior doors, entry doors and garage door products

from JELD-WEN, the world’s leading manufacturer of reliable windows and doors.

Services: The Design Center offers creative consultation and design, ordering, delivery, installation and customer service.

Experience: Homeowners can experience a retail environment with interactive kiosks,

inviting layout, private consultation stations and product literature.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Thursday

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday

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