ENERGY STAR® – U.S.


ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) that identifies and promotes energy efficient products in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. ENERGY STAR qualified Windows, Doors & Skylights can help reduce your energy bill up to 15 percent. Estimated savings vary from region to region based on the heat gain and loss of each product in various regions of the country.

In addition, ENERGY STAR qualified skylights do more than just lower energy bills – they deliver more comfort, create less condensation, and protect your valuables from sun damage better than conventional alternatives. All of the VTECH Skylights meet the stringent energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. ENERGY STAR Windows, Doors & Skylights Program.

Find the ENERGY STAR climate zone for your location.

National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)


NFRC products are tested and certified by an independent testing agency according to NFRC standards. The NFRC aims to provide information the consumer can easily compare the thermal energy efficiency of products. Like the window sticker on a new car that allows you to compare the car’s mpg performance in the city and on the highway, the NFRC window label allows the consumer to compare window performance in the summer and winter. VTECH Skylights is a member of the NFRC. For more information, visit www.nfrc.org.

AAMA – American Architectural Manufacturer’s Association


Only the best get gold. The most vital component of quality windows, doors and skylights isn’t a component at all – it’s an AAMA Gold Label. VTECH Skylights is the first and only skylight to be awarded AAMA Gold Label Certification by the nation’s leading independent testing. The AAMA Certification Program is the only program in the window and door industry that requires that components used in the finished window, door and skylight assembly pass their own set of stringent performance tests by the nation’s leading independent testing organizations. The Gold Certification is AAMA’s highest level of testing with windows, doors and skylights being tested for thermal performance, as well as air, water and structural integrity. With this recognition, VTECH Skylights is permitted to permanently affix an AAMA Gold label to every skylight before they leave the factory. For more information, visit www.aamanet.org.

Green Seal® Certified*


Green Seal is a non-profit organization that uses science-based programs to empower consumers, purchasers and companies to create a more sustainable world. Green Seal is the largest US-based eco-labeling organization and meets the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Criteria for Third Party Certifiers. A Green Seal Certification Mark on a product means that it has gone through a stringent process to show that it has less impact on the environment and human health. Green Seal takes a life cycle assessment approach, evaluating a product from the raw materials through the manufacturing process and ending with recycling or disposal. Products only become certified after rigorous science-based evaluation, including on-site plant visits. The Green Seal means that the product has passed the tests; that it works as well as or better than others in its class, and that it has been evaluated without bias or conflict of interest.

VTECH Skylights are the first and only skylights in existence to have Green Seal Certification. This recognition of our manufacturing excellence, demonstrates our commitment to creating products that continually meet the highest standards of environmental quality and performance. * In order to achieve the U-values a 3/4″ polyisocyanurate/polyurethane based insulation board with a minimum R-value of 4.5 per inch must be installed (not supplied with unit).

ARCAT GREEN


ARCAT provides information on building materials for architects, spec writers, engineers and contractors. Including 10,500 manufacturers with thousands of their CAD details, specifications, BIM families, wizards, links to every web site and other information. This data assists professionals in making informed product
selections. ARCAT Green provides data that can contribute LEED credits to a building product’s LEED certification.

Miami-Dade County – Hurricane Approved – (NOA# 11-1206.05.)


The Miami-Dade County Product Control Approval System was established with its main goal to allow new and innovated ideas to be developed into useful, practical, lasting and safe products. The Product Control Division is a link between two very distinct industries, manufacturing and construction, and provides oversight of this interaction to minimize the probabilities of Code violations. Florida Product Approvals are set by the State for all construction trades. They are products that the State approves for use in all areas of Florida, including the Hurricane Zones. Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance (NOA) are set forth by Miami-Dade county for all construction trades. They all have Florida Product Approval, but the installation methods are a little stricter. In Miami-Dade & Broward Counties you must comply with the Miami-Dade building code, they over-ride the Florida Product Approval. NOA’s are recognized at both, the national and international levels, and have traveled, just to name a few, to Hawaii, Japan, South America and the Caribbean. The uniqueness of the Product Approval System is that it provides a complete package ranging from the quality control inspection of testing, the quality control inspection of the product fabrication, and to the final installation.

VTECH Skylights are Dade County Approved (NOA# 11-1206.05.), and Florida Building Code Approved (FL#14536/FBC Organization #PDM9259) high-wind, and impact resistant and meet or exceed all wind zones, including the HVHZ, of the Florida Building Code. With design pressures that go well beyond the strictest coastal codes of 150 mph winds and meet the Department of Defense’ Military Criteria, VTECH Skylights have proven to be the skylight of choice for unlimited commercial and residential projects.

Meets TDI Requirements – (Evaluation SK-28)


The State of Texas responded to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita by updating building codes along the Texas Gulf Coast and created The Designated Catastrophe Area of the Texas Gulf Coast. These stringent performance requirements, governed by The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), are similar to the Miami-Dade County and Florida Building Code (FBC) performance standards.

VTECH Industries CMC and SSF Hurricane Polyurethane Glass, Impact Resistant Skylights are compliant with the wind loads specified in the International Residential Code (IRC) and International Building Code (IBC) and Evaluation SK-28 is designated for catastrophic areas along the Texas and Florida Gulf Coasts.

VTECH offers a complete line of standard and custom skylights that meet TDI requirements and includes the same extreme levels of impact, wind and pressure resistance as Miami-Dade County and Florida Building Code approved products including IMPACT APPROVAL for use in the 130 mph Seaward zone, the 120 mph Inland I zone and the 110 mph Inland II zone.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)


LEED encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. LEED is a certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It provides building owners the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance.

LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health; site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Certification is based on the total point score achieved, following an independent review and an audit of selected Credits. There are four levels of certification: certified, silver, gold and platinum. Architects, real estate professionals, facility managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers, lenders and government officials all use LEED to help transform the built environment to sustainability.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL®)


UL is an independent product safety certification organization. Established in 1894, UL develops standards and test procedures for products, materials, components, assemblies, tools and equipment, chiefly dealing with product safety. UL also evaluates and certifies the efficiency of a company’s business processes through its management system registration programs. Additionally, UL analyzes drinking and other clean water samples through its drinking water laboratory in South Bend, Indiana and evaluates products for environmental sustainability through its subsidiary, UL Environment.

UL is one of several companies approved for such testing by the U.S. federal agency Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA maintains a list of approved testing laboratories, known as Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories.

News & Events

  • July 12, 2012

    VTECH Skylights Receive Green Seal Certification and AAMA Gold Label Certification — Only the best get the gold.

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  • February 28, 2012

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  • July 30, 2011

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  • April 17, 2011

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  • March 16, 2011

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