Thursday, November 18, 2010

Another View on Window Replacements

The National Trust's e-newsletter reports today on the downsides of increasing energy efficiency. Sometimes it's tough to balance the eco agenda with the preservation agenda.

The eco-ists often talk about the annual utility bill savings as the argument for replacement; the remodeling crowd will talk about the high "cost vs. value" ratio (meaning forget miniscule utility savings--the big bucks are in the higher price you'll garner when you go to sell your home).

The preservationists argue that original is beautiful, and it's a shame to lose all that great aesthetic and historic value just for a few dollars. Don't forget--those aluminum windows that the Piedmont building inspector will cite you on were once the New New Thing.

Let me know your thoughts!

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