Poorly insulated windows and doors increase the amount of energy lost via building emissions, which is both damaging to the environment and organizations’ bottom line when utility bills are due. There are several basic steps nonprofits can take to improve building insulation to curb energy loss, including installing weather stripping on windows and gasketing and sweeps on doors. Both measures help create a better seal to reduce the transmission of unconditioned air, reduce the heating and cooling load, and reduce energy consumption. For nonprofits taking on more significant renovation projects or building new facilities, it’s important to consider what types of windows and doors are procured and how they’re installed, as the materials and methods used influence the overall energy efficiency of the building. And if the facility’s main entry does not have a double set of doors creating a weather vestibule, consider installing one so that conditioned air isn’t tossed outside every time the door opens. Updating windows to increase energy efficiency is also a good opportunity to increase the volume of natural light in the facility, which has programmatic benefits.
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