Historic Windows in Low Income Housing & Passing HERS test.

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Historic Windows in Low Income Housing & Passing HERS test.

Postby jbodkin » June 4th, 2012, 7:48 am

I am currently involved in the renovation of several historic buildings containing 70+ low income apartments that must meet green community standards and a couple buildings are LEED. Here is my dilemma, the windows have been abused ( i mean really abused) over the decades by the tenants, the units need to pass HERS rating test (85 for leed & 100 for green communities), we cannot get these windows sealed enough to help us pass the blower door test even with a new storm window installed. The only way to do this would be to do a full renovation on the sashes and jambs. The problem here is cost and time. We have had limited success with installing a jambliner.

There is a push by ownership to replace all windows with historically approved windows so that we do not lose the funding sources requiring us to pass these tests.

While I strongly believe in renovating historic windows and have done it on my own house, I am at a loss on how to do the same for non-owner occupied housing economically and will hold up to abuse.

Can anyone give me direction/advice here? I am losing the battle right now.

thank you in advance!

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Re: Historic Windows in Low Income Housing & Passing HERS te

Postby johnleeke » June 10th, 2012, 3:53 pm


Find your nearest historic window specialist and hire him to do a sample window in your building. Set this test up so the window specialist has an opportunity to see the initial test results and make changes to the window and then have the window retested.

Contact me by email at johnleeke@historichomeworks.com and I'll help you find an historic window specialist.
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