Traveling through Europe, seeing many different construction methods, I try to take an objective look at why things are done a certain way.
One of the most positive things that I see done in Europe compared to the US is that a lot of their (almost all in some regions) window blinds are built into the window unit and are on the outside.
The first benefit and a much sleeker inside that isn't cluttered by blinds and then there has to be a substantial insulating factor.
Is there any reason why this isn't implemented in the US? And do you know of any reports/studies done on the comparative energy savings of outside blinds?
Note that this is a bit pricey because it has the electric guidance for the blinds. Most have metal chains and the preferred is usually the chain since it is difficult to fix the electric ones plus the extra hookup. I would expect to pay 200-300 Euros for a window this size normally.