By one estimate, 90% of U.S. construction over the next ten years will occur on existing buildings (renovation and adaptive reuse) due to the fact that it is generally faster, more cost effective and more sustainable than greenfield construction. Window assessment and optimization can be a decisive factor in the financial viability of these projects.
Repurposing a disused or vacant building is a perfect way to revitalize a building and its surroundings. Equally important, adaptive reuse is an environmentally appropriate way to conserve land and resources and can often establish the underpinning for conservation of a historic landmark. Windows are nearly always a key consideration, and the QUANTAPANEL System provides an economical means to provide state-of-the-art performance while maintaining the original windows and architecture.
School buildings, for example, which are being repurposed as multifamily properties establish new functional requirements on the existing windows. Large monolithic windows, designed to maximize natural lighting in a manufacturing environment may be a source of discomfort, condensation or excessive heating & cooling cost unless retrofit with new technology.
Likewise, church and old factory buildings repurposed for commercial use creates added functional requirements on the window system to allow for continuous use and reasonable energy requirements. The evaluation of options with respect to window retrofit can be a decisive factor in the financial viability of an adaptive reuse project, most especially if historic preservation is a requirement for any number of reasons.