Window Standards Book


Front Cover

Publication Date: July 15, 2013, the book will be available for purchase around the end of July, right here at the WPSC website. (The best and quickest way to assure you get the book is to simply come back here to the website later in July and place your order.)

The national Window Preservation Standards book catalogs specific methods for the assessment, maintenance, repair, preservation and weatherization of older and historic wooden windows. Many detailed methods, procedures and materials are included, as well as basic strategies for saving older and historic windows. The Standards were developed and written by more than 100 window specialists who collaborated from all across the United States and Canada. 104 pages with 49 illustrations, color cover, black & white interior.

Topics include the Window Preservation Standards Collaborative, guiding principles for window preservation work, window part names and definitions, organizing and planning window preservation projects, and how to use the Standards.

Methods include surveying and assessing conditions, glazing, painting, wood repairs, weatherization updates, storm windows and maintenance and many more. Each treatment standard has a brief description of a specific method with appropriate use, a step-by-step procedure that shows what is done, and materials are listed. A special section describes how to judge the quality of the completed work with easy observations and simple tests to assure the best quality work.

The results of energy performance testing done at the 2011 National Window Preservation Summit are included. They confirm what we already know:  Save the primary sash and frame, add weatherstripping and a storm to make the window meet or exceed current performance standards for air infiltration. Get all the details in the book, including which energy upgrade methods worked best.

The Appendix includes a listing of all the one-hundred and two Collaborators who developed and wrote the Standards, how to participate in the Collaborative and help develop the standards, how to write a standard, and a review of other window energy use studies.

When you buy the Window Preservation Standards book you are supporting the costs of developing and publishing of the Standards.



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8 Responses to Window Standards Book

  1. Ann MacPhail says:

    Hi John,

    We would like to purchase a copy of the Window Preservation Standards book for our campus Library when it comes available. Could the order info be sent to us?

    Thanks very much for your attention.
    Ann MacPhail
    Perth campus Library – Algonquin College

  2. jeannine says:

    purchase book- put me on the list!

  3. John Leeke says:

    Jeannine, will do.
    Or, you can just come back here in July to the website and place your order. That would give us the time we need to get the book “out the door” by then.

  4. Is this book available for purchase now? If so, how much is it?


    • John Leeke says:

      Taylor, thanks for stopping by the Window Standards website. The book will be available for purchase around the end of July, right here at the website.

  5. Michael Shields says:

    Would like to order the Window Preservation Standards book, is it available, and how do I order its?

  6. John Leeke says:

    Hi Mike, the book is available. To order the book, click on this link:


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