‘Weatherization’ money strikes. Windows destroyed.

There is nothing ‘green’ about, nor is it in any way ‘energy efficient’, to rip out a building’s original windows that have been in service for 50+ years (with 100 more to go) and replace them with petroleum based replacements that have an expected service life of 15 – 20 years.¬† However, the window replacement industry seems to have grabbed the Obama administration by the short and curlies when it comes to how best to dole out Federal stimulus money earmarked for “Weatherization“.

There is an oft quoted, fact-based mantra among the small chorus of companies, like mine, who are trying to turn the tide on the wholesale practice of replacing windows for replacent’s sake:

“They call them replacement windows because you just have to keep replacing them”.

It doesn’t take much research to discover that most of the claims about vinyl replacements , including “they will pay for themselves”, are misleading at best.¬† Some would call them lies.

I have been in contact with the Asheboro based company who is being charged with the dissemination of much these weatherization funds and recently met with State Senator Don Vaughan (who sits on the committee that makes such decisions) regarding the inclusion of thermal upgrades to existing windows as being preferable to replacement.

If there is not some change in policy, this Federal¬† ‘weatherization’ money could become the the biggest threat to historic preservation since the advent of replacement windows by Anderson in 1980.

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  1. Sean
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Keep up the good fight David. After some research (and it didn’t take much) I’ve come to the conclusion that it will be cheaper, greener and more rewarding to ‘rehabilitate’ the 25 or so windows in our70 year old Colonial Revival. Now I just have to build a steam box and um… find some time to get started!

  2. dhoggard
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Good, Shawn. Let me know if we can help in any way (except for that ‘time’ thing).

    I’ve got some furniture strippers who do an excellent job of sash paint/putty removal at very low cost.

  3. Jeffrey sykes
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Good points, David. I know a few homeowners who moved like lightning around April 15 to get the new windows in.

    I hope your post get’s some attention.