[Greenbuilding] Exterior insulation retrofit

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Sun May 8 15:56:51 PDT 2011


Bill
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----- Original Message -----
From: bill allen <bill.allen at verizon.net>
To: Green Building <greenbuilding at lists.bioenergylists.org>
Sent: Fri, 06 May 2011 19:26:26 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] Exterior insulation retrofit
Anne,
I actually stay up nights thinking about the issues you mention. I have already salvaged about 1/2 the insulation I'll be adding to the outside. It will break my heart to see all the old windows gone and will offer them up to craigslist/freecycle. I recently questioned the wisdom of a new neighbor who tore down a whole house to build a "green" one. It just doesn't make sense.
It's not a done deal yet for me....I'm researching all the options in order to make a fact based decision.
Thanks for bringing this up.
Bill
-----Original Message-----
From: Anne Judge <anne.judge at alum.mit.edu>
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Date: Fri, 06 May 2011 14:48:51 
To: Green Building<greenbuilding at lists.bioenergylists.org>
Reply-to: Green Building <greenbuilding at lists.bioenergylists.org>
Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] Exterior insulation retrofit
On May 6, 2011, at 1:51 PM, bill.allen at verizon.net wrote:
> All,
> Thanks for your comments on this thread. The one thing no one commented on was the windows. Do folks have experience with R5 windows? Can you recommend any mfg's? I am thinking Marvin Ultimate clad (wood with aluminum cladding on the outside) but they cost an arm and a leg, even more so with triple glazing to reach R5. Alternatives?
> Thanks,
> Bill
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 repairable. 
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 . . .
Anne
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