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Reversible Low-E Glazing
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Low-E glazing, or glass with a low emissivity coating, has a direction. Basically, one surface of the glass emits less infrared radiation. If you live in a very hot region, this surface is pointed inward so as to not radiate heat into the occupied space. In a very cold region this is reversed.

I propose a reversible window design for the areas in between. In the summer you point the low-e surface in, and in the winter you point it out.

Worldgineer, Feb 23 2006

(?) Tilt-and-wash http://www.larryswi...tures/window_05.jpg
For [zim]. Like these, just allow them to be re-attached the other way. [Worldgineer, Feb 24 2006]


       You've put a good spin on their invention...
wagster, Feb 23 2006

       I remember once seeing a building where the windows rotated horizontally about their middles when opened. They had to retrofit stoppers after a couple of people were knocked out by the windows they were trying to open, in one case falling out of the building.
DrCurry, Feb 23 2006

       Yes, that was Spindows version 1.0. The "kill off employees that are dumb enough to not know how to open a window" feature was less popular than I'd imagined.
Worldgineer, Feb 23 2006

       I remember a time in the not too distant past when I would have loved for Spindows v. 1.0 to have been installed in the conference room. I believe that the "kill off employees that are dumb enough to not know how to open a window" would have resulted in much shorter and more productive meetings.
zigness, Feb 23 2006

       So what happened - you became one of the unproductive ones yourself?
DrCurry, Feb 23 2006

       Actually, no. But thanks for asking.
zigness, Feb 24 2006

       I remember the old Spindows version 1.0. I think they were sold under the trade name "the Defenestrator".
pathetic, Feb 24 2006


       Do you flip the window on a pivot?   

       I like this idea & have wondered about how to do the same thing, but haven't quite figured out how to make it work. (will flipping the windows work?)
Zimmy, Feb 24 2006

       You point the Low-E in   

       You point the Low-E out   

       You point the Low-E in   

       and you spin it all about   

       To avoid a konk you do it   

       with your knees bent   

       knees bent   

       That's what it's all about....[Zimmy]
ConsulFlaminicus, Feb 24 2006

       Larry La Prise, Hokey Pokey lyracist recently passed. - A sad day.   

       Meanwhile, back at the idea... Now that I know something about low-e glazing you get a learning bun for the introduction.
Shz, Feb 24 2006

       RIP Larry La Prise.   

       The time comes for all of us to "Put your whole self in..."
Minimal, Feb 24 2006

       Apparently they had some difficulty getting him into the casket. They put his left leg in and all hell broke loose.
Shz, Feb 24 2006

       [Zim] There would be many ways of doing this. Simply rotating would likely have clearance issues, though there are ways around this. How I have pictured it is using modern windows that tilt in for cleaning (link), and allow them to connect once tilted. Basically, you have 4 retractible pins on the window - retract the top ones and slide the window upwards, then extend the pins once the window is rotated. Repeat for the other half of the window.
Worldgineer, Feb 24 2006

       You might make a bunch of louvred windows. Thin strips of glass (somewhat like venetian blinds) would have a smaller turning radius, and should reduce the incidences of defenestration on Spindows 2.0   

       Sadly, louvred windows tend to be easily broken into, and require a lot of maintenance to keep them running smoothly.   

       Of course, the world is also long overdue for a Louvred Windows Version 2.0
ye_river_xiv, Jun 17 2006


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