The glass for the Goldbrecht sliding doors has arrived on site!
The glass for the doors has a “Low-E” coating. This means that they have a coating on them that “reflect[s] radiant infrared energy, thus tending to keep radiant heat on the same side of the glass from which it originated, while letting visible light pass….radiant heat originating from indoors in winter is reflected back inside, while infrared heat radiation from the sun during summer is reflected away, keeping it cooler inside.” (check out more info on Low-E on wikipedia) Cool, huh?
The black paper here, is waterproofing, and the metal sheet is flashing that will help with keeping the water away from the framing. The aluminum shoe rails that will hold the glass handrails will be installed here:
They installed fans in the skylight over the staircase. The fans have a thermometer switch, and when it gets hot, the fans will go on – helping to circulate the air within the staircase.
Another little interesting temperature control item we found was this: