[Greenbuilding] Exterior insulation retrofit
bwaldrop at cox.net
Fri May 6 17:55:32 PDT 2011
This method is probably a lot cheaper than new windows, besides being more
conservative of materials. And you can then do something like interior
insulated window shutters which do more for the energy conservation aspect
than even the best window. If I had our house reno to do over, I would have
not replaced the windows. At least our old windows did not go into the
landfill, but instead were recycled and gradually over time because cold
frames and replacement windows elsewhere.
Bob Waldrop, Oklahoma City'
From: Anne Judge
Well, I know a bunch of people (on the oldhouseweb forum, so they do have a
point of view!) who would tell you the greenest thing you can do is restore
your old window, install good weatherstripping on them, and add really
good-quality storms. I believe your house was 1920s? So the wood is
old-growth and with care will last for another century or two, and the
weatherstripping and storm additions will make it (I've read) nearly as
tight as a modern window unit - with the advantage of continuing to be
I know others here prefer modern technology, but the sight of a bunch of
windows (and old doors, and plaster and lath) in a dumpster, and new
material coming in, really bothers me. For me it's the history as well as
the waste - I'm more traditional Yankee than modern green.
Disappearing back to lurkdom now . . .
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