Window Study: Restore, Replace, Add Storm
The State of Illinois funded a major research study on the treatments to the original wood windows on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Lincoln Hall, a century-old academic building on the core of the campus. This study, conducted by Bailey Edward, was executed as part of a larger renovation program for the building.
The technical study looked at various window treatments but ended up focusing on three; new storm windows, retrofitting the existing sash with insulated glass, or aluminum-clad wood replacement windows. All three options were investigated using a fifty-year life cycle assessment methodology that emphasized energy and maintenance costs.
The study provides useful technical research into the treatments of historic windows for a type of window that is common on both the U of I campus and other similar buildings across the nation. Further, the State of Illinois is now using this study as a benchmark in determination of window treatments for historic structures.
Review the study here.