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The GreenHome Institute’s – Roundtable: Window Energy Savings: Myths, Policies, and Next Steps

September 7, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

About this event

New window replacements are marketed to consumers as a need to conserve energy, but is it true? Consumer education, changes in policy, affordability, and labor constraints are all driving the next steps on this important topic.

During this session, we will have representatives from window preservation trades, manufacturing, and energy efficiency policy. We will discuss the changing landscape due to sustainability policies and consumer needs, and what is happening on a local level in response.

Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in

  • Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) LEED AP Homes
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) NonWholeHouse
  • American Institute of Architects – AIA (HSW) (PENDING)
  • Certified Green Professional (NARI & CGP)
  • Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP)
  • AIBD
  • State Architect / Builder License may be applicable

Lessons Learned:

  1. Describe the window solutions and the barriers to entry for energy efficiency improvements and how it connects with LEED BD+C v4 Credit Materials and Resources Environmentally preferable products
  2. Discuss policy changes happening in cities and states that impact the demand for window modifications.
  3. Identify where designers, builders, and consumers can research their options for the various window categories and see performance impacts and how it helps LEED BD+C v4 Credit Materials and Resources Environmentally preferable products
  4. Explore what energy efficiency policies and programs are happening at a local level that could impact the demand for building envelope products and services. How does that tie into LEED BD+C v4 Credit Annual Energy Use?

Speakers: Sam Pardue, Scott Sidler, Katherine Cort

Sam Pardue is a serial entrepreneur who has formed start-up ventures and social impact initiatives in Portland, Oregon. Indow, a company that manufactures and markets Pardue’s invention, is a window insert which presses inside window frames without a mounting bracket to block drafts 100%, reduce noise 70%, and save 20% on energy bills. Sam has also formed the social impact ventures We Hire Refugees www.wehirerefugees.org) and Clean Practice (www.cleanpractice.org) in response to community challenges.

Scott Sidler is the Founder & CEO of Austin Historical a 30-person historic window and door restoration company located in Orlando, FL. He is a graduate of Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont where he studied historic preservation and has been restoring historic buildings since the late 1990s. He currently serves on the Window Preservation Alliance Board and is a third generation painter, plasterer, carpenter, master glazier and has a wide breadth of knowledge about historic design and construction techniques.

Katherine Cort is a senior economist with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and team lead for multiple projects focused on high-performance windows, window attachments, and HVAC technologies. Ms. Cort has over 25 years of experience analyzing energy-efficiency programs, technologies, and research and provides technical support for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Program. She also has experience with analysis related to environmental, resilience, and economic impact assessments.




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