Energy Efficiency Isn't the Only Consideration How Green Are Your Windows

When it comes to the windows in your building, like most people you’re probably focused on energy conservation—keeping the air conditioning inside in the summer and the cold air outside in the winter. While you’re probably aware that not all replacement windows are created equal, when it comes to energy savings, there are other “green” alternatives that your board may wish to evaluate when selecting replacement windows.

First Steps Taken

Believe it or not, by considering replacement windows, you’re already accomplishing one of the big-picture goals for environmental sustainability. Updating and maintaining existing housing stock is environmentally friendlier than tearing down and rebuilding (not that you were considering that, but it’s good to know.)

Along the same lines, make sure the windows you’ll use have a long life cycle. If you’ve never replaced the windows in your building, you’ll want to ascertain the guaranteed aspects of various window products from every potential window supplier, as well as the overall projected life span of these window products. One obvious reason to undertake such an analysis is to examine the annual cost of the windows; however, the environmentally correct choice is to select the windows that have the longest projected life span. A longer-life window product means less waste in landfills, fewer trees cut

down, less pollution and less energy wasted in the manufacture and distribution of replacement windows.

Assessing the experience of other buildings can be beneficial to your own board/management team. Check with neighboring buildings or others in your management company’s portfolio that have replaced their windows within the last five to seven years, see how happy they are now with the results, and ask when they expect to replace those windows. Their answers might surprise you.

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