Before adding to our overflowing landfills and being told by salespeople we will save energy by replacing our windows, we must all be educated consumers.
We have a responsibility as stewards to both the environment and our old homes.
Frank Shirley Architects was awarded a research grant to produce this study:
“A Comparative Study of the Cumulative Energy Use of Historical versus Contemporary Windows”
This is a new study and is now included on the OldHouseGuy webpage The Truth About Windows where you can find additional information.
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Mark Martin says
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Angela VanCott says
Info like this is so valuable for the homeowner trying to be good to the environment and to preserve the integrity of good architectural design. America needs to preserve her design heritage.
Wendy Mains says
Wow – we had “replace windows” first on our list of things to do on the 1954 home we are purchasing. I just changed that to “add Storm windows!
Thanks so much
Hi there! Love your site and commentary on windows. Sucky ones ruin good houses! I’ve got an old 1921 bungalow… Gutted & replaced all of my windows (nice, big 2’8”x5’6”s) with beautiful double-pane insulated wood windows. There was one however, I did separately, and it’s a missing mullions/Muntins. I sort of hate it. It’s so big and vacant. Luckily, it’s back of the hose. Still, I’d love to repeat the style of mullions on this window—and think I can find a profile that matches… but how to adhere, inside and out?
I’ve read silicone will pop off… there’s got to be a tape or epoxy or something that’d withstand east/southeast sun… can you recommend anything? Happy to send some photos of said window… (rest/other style can be seen on my ABB listing). Window I’d like to do it on is master bath, (roughly 2’10”x5’), so abouto 4 mullions for 5 sections. Any advice?
Andy (Andrea) Cleary
Ken Roginski says
Hi Andy – it’s so sad you replaced your windows. Your house is now considered damaged. Re-read my website for it seems that you really didn’t understand it. Muntins are not stuck onto the glass but separate and hold individual pieces of glass. That is the kind of windows you should have – not replacements with double pane windows.
Everyone contemplating window replacement needs to read this. In my neighborhood, there are a few houses that once had good wooden windows that probably needed only storm windows. Instead, they were replaced with windows with fake panes that look so flimsy that they could be knocked out of their frames with one kick.