Replacement windows and doors contribute to the green building movement
This year’s Governor’s Conference in Atlantic City is all about innovative economic development strategies and how to best achieve neighborhood revitalization. After completing multiple different window replacement projects on some of New Jersey’s public housing residences, Window City looks forward to sharing information on how replacement windows and doors can contribute to the green building movement and reinforce the public housing rehabilitation efforts. Window City is an industry leading, full service window contractor specializing in commercial window replacement. Established in 1986 by two brothers in North Jersey, this year marks our 31st year in business. The company has completed some of the most prestigious and demanding projects in the country including some financed by NJHMFA like Colt Arms Tower, Pilgrim Baptist Village, Trent Tower, and Harrison Gardens. Window City is proud to have contributed to the restoration of these public housing communities. Let’s dive into the nuts and bolts of some of these marque projects recently completed by Window City. Trent Tower, a 15-story building located in the heart of Trenton, New Jersey, awarded Window City the complete window replacement project of more than 750 commercial windows. This project was included as part of the New Jersey HMFA weatherization program, which assisted in improving the conservation of energy for all units within the building using a heavy commercial aluminum window. There is a tedious process in determining the correct window to be used for any given application. With Trent Tower, engineering calculations were completed based on building height and geographical location to help support the window selection for this project. These calculations are used to confirm the window meets the required design wind loads. Design loads are based from a window that is within 10 feet from the corner of the building at the highest elevation. This section of the building normally receives the most stress from negative pressure and in turn provides the most accurate estimate of what commercial window will perform best in extreme conditions. Once structural and water requirements for the window have been met, the thermal properties of the window, specifically the glass, are considered in order to meet energy savings projections. Next, window color to improve aesthetics and ultra-lift balances which meet the lift force maximums, are considered in order to best serve the residents. Of course, not all buildings will use the same type of window. Our project at Pilgrim Baptist Village in Newark, NJ required the replacement of more than 1200 windows with energy-efficient Alpen Fiberglass windows. These windows used advanced, customized suspended coated film glazing to deliver performance equal to or greater than what can be achieved with traditional triple-pane windows. This cutting-edge fiberglass window allowed for more stability, efficiency and increased durability in a two-story garden apartment application making the implementation of green building and revitalization at Pilgrim Baptist Village a total success. Window City will be set up at booth number 104 to hand out information on what property managers should know about window replacement. Some of the company’s top architectural representatives will be present and ready to answer any questions attendees may have. The conference will be a great way to learn more about the goals and strategies each community hopes to administer. We look forward to exhibiting at the show and cannot wait to meet all the attendees. Michael Mastroberti is president of Window City.