May 26, 2010 | Vol 5, Num 21
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The Latest...

DOE Launching R-5 Program This Week

The U.S. Department of Energy is planning a kick-off event for the Highly Efficient (R-5) Windows Volumne Purchase Program more

McVay Brothers Starts Up Coeur d'Alene Window
McVay Brothers Inc., a long-time retailer and wholesaler of windows, siding and other building products in the Spokane, Wash., area, has more

Champion Partners with GE for Financing

Champion Windows announced a multi-year agreement with GE Money, the consumer lending unit of General Electric more

ATI Launches Commercial InstallationMasters

Building on the success of the InstallationMasters residential window installer training and certification program more

Company to Launch Photovoltaic IG Unit

A company with operations in the U.S., Israel and China plans to commercialize what it calls "the industry’s first energy efficient, more

Masco Unit Leads Push for Home Star
Representatives of WellHome, a business unit of Masco Home Services, joined members of the home energy retrofit trade association Efficiency more

Window Repair Company Growing in Western Canada

Frames N Panes, a home-based mobile business franchise for window restoration services, reports it recently sold its 14th territory in Western more

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The Talk...

For most older buildings,
New products can provide authenticity as well as modern functionality and efficiency.
Upgrading existing windows is the best option.

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Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door

One of our Outside View links this week is a USA Today blog on a campaign against replacing windows in historic buildings. Some preservationists argue that old buildings simply should not have new windows. They advocate window repair or using storm windows rather than window replacement.

I have to admit, I was a little surprised. Sure I can see why preservationists might not want to touch Monticello or Mount Vernon. But for many older buildings, manufacturers can replicate the look of old windows pretty accurately.  I even wrote a feature article about this niche a few years back.

So after reading the USA Today blog, I'm left wondering if appearance is really that important to historic enthusiasts that comfort and energy efficiency carry no weight.  With all the options manufacturers now offer to produce historically-accurate windows, can we not have both? 

Please share with me what you're seeing in the historic and older building market. Are the views expressed in the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the "National Window Campaign" common?  Should old windows be saved? Are we too quick to replace? Or do old buildings need today's windows to keep functioning? Let's talk....


The Talk..., Page 2

"Are You Looking Beyond Windows and Doors?"

Not surprisingly, many respondents say they have offered other products for years, but a readers say they are more

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