New or repaired windows

January 5, 2016

The public library in Greensboro, NC is a shining example (LEED Platinum) of window efficiency. MIT features old buildings with leaky windows that contribute to constantly pumping hot or cold air, year round. This campus would save money and reduce its carbon footprint by following the examples of Greensboro Public Library, which installed custom-made windows to fit specified masonry openings. According to Pella, the window manufacturer, "if one module gets broken, the entire window does not have to be replaced...In order to minimize solar heat gain in Greensboro's warm, southern climate, the windows use clear, low-emissivity (Low-E) glass. The Low-E coating also helps protect the library's books and interior against fading caused by UV light, while allowing in an abundance of daylight."

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