Building Energy Benchmarking and Window/Curtainwall Retrofit Part 2

Continued from Building Energy Benchmarking and Window/Curtainwall Retrofit Part 1 I am excited about a little-known approach for window or curtainwall retrofit that can create dramatic improvements in building performance at a far lower cost with no down-time, showing energy paybacks in as little as only five years! Interior mounted supplemental window system The solution, sometimes called a commercial interior storm window is to add…

Historic Window Renovation

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for window preservation. In a continuation of our 20 year retrospective of our unique historic window replacement at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, we have dusted off never before seen video of the design and testing of the project, jazzed it up with some editing and have posted it here for your edificial edification. Historic window…

2009 Web Statistics Revealed!

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for window, glazing and building exteriors. Sometimes the story behind the story is as interesting as the story itself. Today’s article, our last for 2009, tells the story of ChicagoWindowExpert.com’s growth from nothing on February 1, 2009, to a well-read authority site today. Since its inception, ChicagoWindowExpert.com has had: 7,387 Unique Visits 30,617 Page views 4.14 Pages/Visit…

Chicago Energy Conservation Code for Dummies

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for windows, glazing and building exteriors. Reading code books is arguably one of the more arduous and boring parts of the construction process. One reason is that the building codes are legal documents, and so they carry a certain ponderous barrier of legalese which can repel the uninitiated. Another reason is that they are documents of governments,…

Does Chicago Code Require Low-E Glass?

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for windows, glass and building exteriors. Mike Marsiglio writes… I was hoping you can help me with this as the Chicago Conservation code book is very confusing to me. I am in process of purchasing a new condo that was built in 2008. During the home inspection, it was found that the sliding glass doors contain Low…

An Interview with Guardian

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for architectural glass and glazing. Chris Dolan is director of commercial glass markets at Guardian Industries. Guardian is one of the top players in the manufacture of float architectural and fabricated glass. Q: What can you tell us that will help put the array of Low-E glass choices into an understandable framework? Guardian: We organize our products…

The Future of Windows

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for windows, glass and building facades. Recently, Traco hosted a dealer seminar to introduce not only their NX window series, but also to educate dealers about the future of windows. Janice Weber, our President and myself attended that great conference. Today’s article will focus on Traco’s presentation of the future of windows. Mike Manteghi, Traco’s Director of…

An Interview with PPG

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for windows, glazing and building exteriors. Rob Struble is Manager, Business Communications, PPG Performance Glazings Q: What can you tell us that will help put the array of Low-E glass choices into an understandable framework? PPG: Our Low-E products fall into two categories, Sungate glass and Solarban glass. Sungate is a pyrolytic coating designed for passive solar…

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