Crystal Windows Receives National Green Sustainability Award

-NY Facility’s Rooftop Solar System Recognized by Major Trade Publication-

QUEENS, NY, September 15, 2022 –National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems recently received a coveted Green Award for its commitment to sustainable operations. In the July/August 2022 issue of leading national trade publication Door & Window Market (DWM), Crystal was named one of the magazine’s annual Green Award winners for the new rooftop solar system at its New York City production facility.  The new system not only reduces the company’s electric needs and utility bills, but also reduces Crystal’s carbon footprint and contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.

“Crystal has always aggressively targeted ways to reduce energy usage and material waste in its production operations,” said Joseph Chang, Vice President of Production.  “Now with this major solar electric generating system, we have taken matters to a whole new level.”

After several months of design and construction, including a full roof renovation, the new one-MW,2,320-panel rooftop solar system is fully operational.  The system is expected to generate nearly one million kW-h annually, providing up to 35% of Crystal’s total electricity needs at this facility.  Crystal also utilizes hydropower for nearly 25% of its New York electricity needs. Attributed to the new system, the company’s recent electric bills already show a substantial reduction in utility-supplied electricity consumption.

Each year, DWM Magazine reviews fenestration industry products, production, and other corporate initiatives to highlight stellar examples of sustainable and environmentally responsible actions.  This year, Crystal was one of nine companies, along with industry giants Jeld-Wen and Assa Abloy, featured in the Green Awards. In prior years, Crystal won another DWM Green Award for its energy-efficient residential vinyl product line.

“Our New York headquarters and factory building has over 100,000 square feet of unshaded usable roof space, so solar panels just made sense,” said Steve Chen, President of Crystal Windows.  “Just as we are committed to providing state-of-the-art energy efficient products for home and building owners, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint here in New York City and making our production facility as energy efficient as possible.”

According to the USEPA, replacing one million kW-h annually with solar energy eliminates over 1.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere.  That is the approximate equivalent of eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions from over ¾ million pounds of coal burned per year or annually removing 154 passenger vehicles from the road or by replacing 26,860 incandescent lamps with LEDs.

Crystal Windows new 2,320-panel rooftop solar system at its Queens, New York City facility is expected to deliver about one-third of the factory’s electric needs annually.

The significant use of renewable energy at the New York City facility is just one of many environmentally sustainable programs Crystal employs across its five national production facilities and broad product lines.  Other initiatives include domestic material sourcing, scrap material recycling, extensive use of powder coat paint finishing on aluminum products, energy efficient facility operations, and optimized logistics for raw material and product transportation.

“Crystal truly appreciates the DWM Green Award this year for our rooftop solar system,” said Chen. “This was a great decision for our operations, a great way to help New York City and New York State achieve their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and a great way to create a more sustainable future for all.”

Crystal Improved Terrace Door Rises to New Heights

Crystal Window’s Series 1450/1460 Aluminum Swing Terrace Door has been structurally and thermally enhanced and offers new hardware (hydraulic closer shown below), glazing, and a laboratory water-tested ADA low sill option.

-Features Include ADA Compliant Sill, Enhanced Structural Performance, New Hardware –

QUEENS, NY, August 30, 2022 –National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems is pleased to announce its significantly improved Aluminum Series 1450 Out-Swing andSeries 1460 In-Swing Terrace Doors are now available.  This best-selling architectural product line has been reengineered and redesigned for elevated structural and thermal performance, with new features, options, and enhanced ADA compliance.

Crystal’s Series 1450/1460 Terrace Dooris constructed with heavy-duty 0.093” wall thickness extrusion and a redesigned strong multi-chamber 3-¼” jamb frame, making it well-suited for high-rise and wind-prone installations. Superior thermal performance of the Series 1450/1460 door is achieved with polyamide strut thermal break and heavy-duty gasketing to achieve U-values as low as 0.32. This thermal performance far surpassesNew York City’s latest energy code specifications, one of the most stringent state or municipal energy codes in the country. The Series 1450/1460 door offers glazing of either 1” or 1-¼” dual- or triple-pane tempered insulated glass units, with low-E coatings and gas-filling options for further energy efficiency and sound attenuation.

Crystal upgraded all the hardware selections for the Series 1450/1460to give the terrace door a sleeker look with even easier operation. The multi-point locking door features a new no-backplate door handle option which matches handles on Crystal’s high-end casement window products for continuity of appearance, and a separate cylinder keylock can be placed above or below this door handle.  Slim heavy-duty barrel hinges provide years of perfectly aligned operation.

A powerful adjustable hydraulic closer from leading German hardware manufacturer G-U (Gretsch-Unitas) features a concealed mounting plate and slide arm assembly designed for outswing door operation, which allows effortless operation of the door while maintaining the door’s sleek look on the interior.  A bottom stile 10” kick plate is also available for the ADA-compliant Series 1450D door.

The aluminum frame of Crystal’s Series 1450/1460Aluminum Swing Terrace Door is finished in durable environmentally sustainable powder coat paint, to either AAMA 2604 or 2605 performance standards. Architects and property owners can choose from a broad palette of standard and stock colors, two-tone (different interior and exterior) frame colors, and any custom color desired.

Left: The Crystal Series 1450/1460Swing Terrace Door 3-¼” jamb frame features polyamide strut thermal break, 0.093” wall thickness extrusion, and heavy-duty weatherstripping.  Right: The new contemporary no-backplate handle comes with a separate keylock option.


New Queens High-Rises Use Advanced Crystal Windows

Crystal Windows recently supplied 1,554 energy efficient MAGNUS commercial uPVC vinyl windows for three new construction multifamily buildings in Forest Hills, Queens, New York on a beautiful campus.

-Manufacturer Supplies Over 1,500 High-Performance uPVC Windows for Project-

QUEENS, NY, August 17, 2022 – Crystal Window & Door Systems, the award-winning national manufacturer, is proud to have furnished the recently completed multi-year Apex Place Apartments project with 1,554 high-performance commercial vinyl uPVC windows.  The three affordable housing high-rise towers, each between13 and 17 stories tall, were specified with Crystal’s premier extremely energy efficient MAGNUS Series 4500 window line.  The three multi-family buildings, known as Apex One, Apex Two, and Apex Three, are located on the same residential campus near the Long Island Expressway (I-495) and 108th Street in the Forest Hills section of New York City’s Borough of Queens.

Unplasticized polyvinyl chloride or uPVC has been in common use as a commercial window frame material in Europe for decades.  Now uPVC is growing in popularity in America since it offers strength similar to aluminum with the superior thermal efficiency of traditional vinyl windows.  Added benefits of the new material include low maintenance and inherent sound reduction properties.

“We are seeing increasing demand for our MAGNUS commercial uPVC vinyl windows in all types of mid- and high-rise projects, especially because it provides exceptional comfortfor residents in multifamily properties,” said Sabrina Leung, Architectural Sales and Engineering Manager for Crystal.  “Architects are embracing this material, specifying it here in New York and in all the major markets across the country.”

Crystal’s uPVC MAGNUS 4500 In-Swing and Fixed windows were exclusively used throughout the three buildings at Apex Place.  Virtually all the windows were very large in size and used combinations of 2 or 3 casement, fixed, and HVAC louver panels combined in expansive master frames.  Most of the building’s window openings were nearly floor-to-ceiling, with window combinations commonly spanning 65-¾” x 88-⅝” or 65-¾” x 97-¾,” while some were exceptionally large at 81” x 104”.  The Crystal MAGNUS 4500 window systems were a natural choice for such a project.

The Crystal MAGNUS 4500 Series windows feature a strong cadmium- and lead-free multi-chamber 2-⅜” depth uPVC frame.  Adding to the windows’ strength and ability to span large openings, frames and sashes have internal steel channel reinforcement.  Both the MAGNUS 4500 In-Swing Casement and Fixed windows for this project were AW-PG70 rated.  All the MAGNUS windows had standard white interiors and durable Grey or Medium Brown RenolitFX exterior foils.

A standout feature of the Crystal MAGNUS 4500 In-Swing window is its compression dual-seal weather-tight technology.  Other features include a multi-point locking system operated by a stylish high-quality handle.  Project specifications also called for the inclusion of a New York City code approved limit opening device.

For all the MAGNUS windows, thermal performance was enhanced by using Vitro SB60 glass and Argon gas for the 1-516” dual pane insulated glass units (IGUs).  The insulated glass package played a key role in the windows’ ability to surpass U-value 0.29 and SHGC 0.29 project specifications. The use of dissimilar thickness glass in the IGU, combined with the large overall IGU size and inherent sound attenuation properties of uPVC, delivered excellent OITC ratings of 30.  Reduction of sound transmittance was an important specification requirement because the project is situated near a major highway.

The 1,214aluminum model AEL-42 PTAC louvers for the project were manufactured by Reliable of Geneva, AL.  Crystal sourced and factory fitted the louvers with the other vision glass windows into the MAGNUS master frames.

The three new towers of the Apex Place Apartments provide 442 units of much-needed affordable housing.  The project is particularly interesting in that the three new construction buildings and a new 4-story parking garage structure were nestled in amongst three existing NYC Housing Authority multi-family buildings. Along with the existing community center and expansive central green spaces, the new buildings create an integrated cohesive campus. The new towers are all equipped with rooftop solar panels and offer expanded community spaces, fitness rooms, children’s playrooms, and on-site laundry facilities.

The owner/developer for Apex One, Two, and Three is Apex Place Association and Phipps Houses, both of New York, NY.  Architectural services were provided by a partnership between Curtis & Ginsberg Architects of New York, NY, and FX Collaborative of Brooklyn, NY.  Monadnock Construction of Brooklyn, NY was the general contractor for the three-building new construction project.

Crystal Commercial Vinyl Windows Benefit New High-Rise

Crystal Windows supplied nearly 1,000 uPVC MAGNUS Series 4500 commercial vinyl windows for the new multi-family property The Gilbert on First in East Harlem, Manhattan.

-Crystal uPVC MAGNUS Windows Installed at The Gilbert in Manhattan –

QUEENS, NY, August 7, 2020 –The residents of the new The Gilbert on First apartment building in East Harlem, Manhattan, are benefitting from the state-of-the-art commercial vinyl windows supplied by award-winning national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems.  The 16-story building located at 1912 First Avenue between 97th and 99th Streets boasts Crystal’s uPVC MAGNUS Series 4500 windows.  These commercial windows offer the strength and durability of aluminum frame windows with the superior energy efficiency of vinyl products.  Commercial uPVC vinyl windows have been widely used throughout Europe for many years.

Besides the windows, residents at The Gilbert on First will further benefit from integral window louvers for HVAC units supplied by Crystal, as well as the aesthetics of a unique “shadow box” custom integral window frame. The Gilbert on First is the latest in a growing list of major multi-family properties where architects, developers, and general contractors are selecting the Crystal uPVC MAGNUS commercial window line.

The Gilbert on First is directly across from NYC Health & Hospitals Metropolitan campus and is the second building in a two-part development which includes Draper Hall, (originally the hospital’s nursing staff dormitory, now senior housing) which was renovated a few years ago and for which Crystal also supplied new windows.  The Gilbert on First offers 152 subsidized units ranging from studios to 3-bedroom apartments and features community rooms, outdoor terraces, and an expansive garden space shared with Draper Hall. Just one block off the FDR Drive on Manhattan’s east side, the apartments overlook the East River with great views of the skyline and many bridges.

In total, 925 white uPVC MAGNUS Series 4500 commercial vinyl windows were used in The Gilbert on First.  The 3-¼” jamb internally-reinforced In-Swing (Turn Only) and Fixed window styles were predominantly mulled in 2- and 3-window configurations or in arrangements combining vision glass with louver panels.  Joined by structurally reinforced mullions, the multiple-window configurations provide large expanses of glass, some as vast as 72” wide by 87” tall.  The In-Swing windows were equipped with NY City approved limit-opening devices.









The Gilbert on First project used an architect-designed, custom fabricated shadow box feature on two sides of the south façade windows (left) to add energy-saving sunshading and visual interest.  Crystal’s MAGNUS Series 4500 In-Swing window(right) and Fixed window styles were used for this project.

True to the MAGNUS uPVC brand, the Series 4500 In-Swing Turn window boasts an outstanding CW-PG95 structural rating as well as an excellent energy efficient 0.29 U-value.  Both the In-Swing and Fixed windows were glazed with 1” insulated glass units (IGUs) using Vitro 316” Solarban 60 and clear glass lights.  In select instances where required by code, the double glass lights were tempered.  The non-tempered IGUs were fabricated by Crystal Windows and the tempered units by Vitro.

Integral HVAC louvers were sourced and factory-installed by Crystal into many of the window combination units.  Crystal used 387 PTAC Louver Model AEL-42 units by Reliable of Geneva, AL, for the project.

Crystal tapped into its broad network of resources for The Gilbert on First project to provide a unique architect-designed “shadow box” window feature for the building’s expansive open exposure south-facing façade.  The “shadow box” aluminum components– 8” deep with a tapering thickness from 1-½” to ¾” – were custom fabricated by Crystal’s subsidiary Gateway Extrusions and attached to the windows at the Crystal factory.  Using a novel approach, the architect designed the shadow box surround for installation on only two sides of the window perimeter, the head and west jambs, to create a contemporary decorative aesthetic and energy efficient sunshading effect.

The Gilbert on First is owned by Gilbert Apartments, LLC, an affiliate of developer SKA Marin, both of Great Neck, NY.  Dattner Architects of New York, NY, provided building design services and Procida Construction of the Bronx, NY was the general contractor.  Marvel Contracting of Oakland Gardens, NY provided window installation services.  The building is managed by Wavecrest Management of Richmond Hill, NY.

Crystal Windows Becomes New York Passive House Member

-ManufacturerJoins ProfessionalsCommitted to Sustainable Built Environment-

QUEENS, NY, October 30, 2019 –National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems, based in New York City, is pleased to announce it has recently become a member of the New York Passive House(NYPH) organization (  This non-profit was founded in 2010 by professionals in the design community to promote the Passive House Standard for building energy efficiency.  The Passive House Standard is a voluntary design and construction standard to achieve ultra-high energy efficiency in buildings.

In addition, Crystal is listed with Passive House Accelerator (PHA)(  This online information sharing platform aggregates Passive House content from other websites and encourages contributed content for projects, manufacturers, codes, and construction technologies from members across the design, construction, and building products community.

“Crystal is very proud of its products that offer high energy efficiency for all types of buildings, especially our Magnus commercial reinforced vinyl window line,” said Steven Yu, Marketing Manager for Crystal Windows.  “Joining New York Passive House is part of our commitment to a greener built environment and helps us spread the word about the Passive House Standard and the Passive House Accelerator forum.”

NYPH members include architects, general contractors, engineers, energy consultants, universities, and manufacturers that support the Passive House Standard.  The organization offers educational courses, training resources and design tools for its members to easily adopt and utilize the standard in their work.  NYPH coordinates code development with NY State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for Passive House Standard construction. The Passive House website lists member projects, products, and other information.  NYPH Members noted for their New York City area projects include FX Collaborative Architecture, Dattner Architects, Monadnock Construction, Dewberry Engineers, and Steven Winter Associates.  Crystal Window & Door Systems is one of the largest fenestration manufacturers to join NYPH.

New York Passive House is an affiliate organization of the International Passive House Association (iPHA), which has organizations throughout Europe, North America, and Australia. The Passive House Standard is a voluntary performance-based standard. It emphasizes space conditioning, ventilation, water supply, and lighting that uses minimal energy to create optimal comfort, factoring in regional climates, energy supply sources from the local grid, and building materials and technologies. Buildings receiving Passive House Certification are noted for superior quality, comfort, and energy efficiency.

Crystal Windows Manage Energy and Noise at New High-Rise Development in Queens, NY

-Windows Offer Residents Quiet, Comfort, Thermal Efficiency, and Great Views-

QUEENS, NY, October 11, 2019 –National manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems recently provided nearly 2,000 high-end energy efficient aluminum windows and doors for the newly constructed, award-winning Alvista Towers at 147-20 94th Avenue in Queens.  The new 25-story residential property was named a recipient of a Queens Chamber of Commerce 2019 Building Award and joins the ever-growing skyline in Jamaica, rejuvenating the neighborhood around the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) Jamaica Station rail transit hub. Crystal has supplied several major building projects in the area, including the renovation of the LIRR historic main headquarters and terminal building.

Having completed several highly successful prior projects with the developer, Crystal’s wide array of value engineering and design customization services, as well as its broad product line made the fenestration manufacturer a natural choice for Alvista Towers.  Working with the architect and developer team, Crystal offered window and glass specification options to efficiently meet the complex design criteria.

“Because of the location so close to the LIRR train station and train lines operating 24 hours a day, the Crystal window products had to meet noise reduction as well as energy efficiency requirements,” said Crystal project manager and sales executive James Yang.  “While Crystal supplied its own IGUs for the upper part of the building, for the lower floors closest to the trains, we worked with a special glass supplier to provide custom laminated, dual-pane, insulated glass units (IGUs)that achieved the sound abatement design specs required. The laminated IGUs were incorporated in our heavy commercial window frames, providing strength, durability, and noise reduction all with a modern, contemporary architectural style.”

Crystal supplied 1,940 of its aluminum Series 5600 Sliding Window and Series 5100 Fixed Picture Window along with louvers for space conditioning PTAC units in a variety of configurations for expansive views.  In most instances, a large sliding window was vertically mulled with a combination fixed window and PTAC unit below.  In some cases, a large 3-lite slider was stacked atop a master frame combining a PTAC louver, flanked by two fixed windows.  The window combinations filled huge openings, some as large as 7 feet wide by 9 feet tall.

The Series 5600 Sliding Window used on the project in both 2-lite and 3-lite styles and the complementary Series 5100 Fixed Picture Window feature heavy-duty construction, 3-¼” frame depth, and a 1” IGU pocket.  For ease of operation, the Series 5600 Sliding Window has continuous full height sash clip lock pull rails, dual stainless-steel sash rollers, and a stainless-steel reinforced frame roller track.  It is AAMA rated HS-AW 40/HS-AW 50.  The Series 5100 Fixed Picture Window has an outstanding AW-PG100 AAMA rating.  The Series 5100 was used in the Alvista project as both a standalone unit and with a continuous head and sill master frame option to combine it with PTAC louvers.

Crystal Windows supplied nearly 2,000 new energy-efficient aluminum windows for expansive openings at the new Alvista Towers project in Queens, NY.  For the project, which is adjacent to a major railway transportation hub, Crystal customized insulated glass units for its Series 5600/5100 windows to minimize noise for residents while achieving great energy performance.

Longtime supplier to Crystal, Reliable of Geneva, AL provided its AEL-42 Type 7116 louver for the project.  Crystal factory-installed the louver units into the Series 5100 master frames.

Part of Crystal’s broad network of suppliers, Solar Seal of South Easton, MA, worked with Crystal to provide the custom-ordered laminated pane insulated glass units (IGUs) for Alvista Towers.  To provide sound abatement for floors 2 through 11, the Solar Seal-supplied IGUs were fabricated with a laminated interior light as well as a dissimilar thickness tempered exterior pane. The custom IGUs attained the specified OITC 28 sound reduction performance.  For the upper floors where sound reduction was less critical, Crystal fabricated its own IGUsusing dissimilar thickness interior and exterior panes.  For enhanced thermal performance, all IGUs utilized Vitro Solarban 60 Low-E coated glass and Argon gas filling.

In compliance with New York City Department of Health regulations, Crystal supplied each operable window with approved sash stops, limiting openings to 4” for safety.  Crystal also provided a wide range of installation and finishing accessories, such as stack mullions and covers, anchor clips and angles, and snap trim.

On select floors, the design called for terrace doors to access outside areas.  Crystal supplied 16 of its aluminum Series 1450 Outswing Terrace Door, which feature 3-¼” frame depth, a 1-¼” glazing pocket, dual pane IGUs, insulated strut thermal break, and multi-point locking system.  The Series 1450 Outswing Terrace Door is AAMA rated AW-PG75.

All the Crystal windows, terrace doors, louvers, and visible installation accessories were finished in a durable environmentally sustainable AAMA 2604 powder coat bronze paint finish.

The design and construction team for Alvista Towers owner 94th Avenue Jamaica LLC included architect G55 Partners of New York, NY, and developer/general contractor Artimus Construction, also of New York, NY. Vista Skywall Systems of Flushing, NY performed all the fenestration installation work.  Artimus with G55 Partners’ assistance coordinated with a number of New York City and New York State agencies to acquire the site, secure financing, and clear the site of pre-existing dilapidated buildings before construction of the new Alvista Towers development.

Alvista Towers features 380 affordable mixed-income rental apartments in studio, 1-, and 2-bedroom sizes, with many resident amenities such as a lounge, business center, children’s playroom, fitness center, laundry facilities, and a rooftop deck.  Alvista Towers is enrolled in the NYC Housing Preservation & Development Green Communities program recognizing energy-efficient building design and operation.

Crystal Windows Plays Role in NYC Affordable Housing Solutions

-Manufacturer Supplies 792 Windows for New Building in Chelsea-

FLUSHING, NY, May 23, 2019 –Crystal Window &Door Systems, the award-winning national manufacturer, is playing a role in New York City’s efforts to solve its affordable housing crisis.  One of the newest buildings in the DeBlasio Administration’s Housing New York Plan to construct or preserve 300,000 units of affordable housing during the period 2014 to 2026 is 425 West 18th Street, and Crystal Windows is proud to be the fenestration supplier for the exciting new building.

Located in the resurgent West Chelsea section of Manhattan, 425 West 18th Street is part of the existing adjacent New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) 1962-era Fulton Houses complex.  The new 18-story building has 160 studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom rent-stabilized apartments set aside for different tiers of tenant income eligibility.


Energy efficient and sound attenuating Crystal Series 5600 and 5100 aluminum windows provide grand views for the new residential property at 425 West 18th Street in New York City

Crystal furnished the newly constructed building with 792 quality energy efficient aluminum framed windows.  In most openings, the large windows were combined to provide apartments with dramatic 7’ to 8-½’ wide by 7’ tall nearly floor-to-ceiling vistas.

The Crystal heavy-commercial Series 5600 2- and 3-lite Aluminum Slider is the primary window used on the project.  The thermally-broken 3-¼” jamb depth window is AW-PG40/PG50 AAMA rated and features a continuous full-height clip latch pull rail and stainless-steel sash rollers.  Most of the building’s openings used large 85”, 90”, or 102” wide by 67” tall sizes of the Series 5600, and some openings used 3-lite sliders as wide as 120”.  For this project, the sliding windows included Crystal’s optional metal sash stop devices to limit openings to 4”.  In some instances, to maintain aesthetics, the sliding windows were specified with 2” wide exterior applied vertical grids.

The other window used at 425 West 18th Street was the Crystal Series 5100 Fixed Picture Aluminum Window with continuous head and sill to accommodate two or three individual lites.  The Series 5100 is a thermally-broken 3-¼” jamb depth frame window which boasts an outstanding AW-PG100 AAMA rating.  In most cases, this window’s continuous head and sill frame paired an insulated glass unit (IGU) with an HVAC PTAC louver.

Both windows feature 1” IGUs which were specially glazed for energy efficiency and to attenuate sound transmission into the apartments from the busyManhattan streets.  All the double-glass IGUs used Guardian’s 316” Low-E SN68 product for the exterior glass and 516” clear laminated, or for large size sashes,916” clear laminated interior glass.  For greater thermal performance, all IGUs were Argon filled.

Crystal supplied 323 apartment PTAC model AEL-42 Type 7116 louver units manufactured by Reliable Products, Inc. of Geneva, AL.  Crystal sourced the louvers for the project and factory installed them into the Series 5100 window frames.

To facilitate the tall window configurations, Crystal stack mullions were used to vertically combine windows in the building openings.  Several of the larger apartments used Crystal 90° corner mullions for fenestration configurations which wrapped around the building’s corner.  A variety of Crystal installation clip, receptor, and subsill accessories were used for securing the windows to the building.  All Crystal windows and exposed installed accessories were finished in a durable AAMA 2604 powder coat black color finish.

The 425 West 18th Street building is owned by NYCHA.  Artimus Construction of Manhattan was the construction manager, and GernerKronick&Valcarel (GKV) Architects of Manhattan designed the striking building.  Vista Skywall Systems of Flushing, NY was the fenestration installer.