Capital City Public Charter School reaches LEED Gold Standard and becomes the first Charter School in US to use super energy efficient triple pane windows. School is currently saving close to $50,000 annually because of improved energy performance. Significantly improved indoor air quality and more comfortable learning spaces are also due to implementation of triple pane high performance windows.
Originally, organizations involved in the project intended to install traditional double-glazed aluminum windows in the Columbia Heights based project in Washington, D.C. The project had to reach LEED Gold Standards and become certified Green School. General Contractor MCN Build and Architectural Design firm Shinberg.Levinas partnered up with Intus Windows to help with renovation of Capital City Public Charter School.
Considering Capital City Public Charter School’s constrained budget, windows replacement portion had to be done with minimum resources. “Understanding the value of triple pane energy efficient windows and remembering my previous experiences about high performance building products, I didn’t think these windows could fit our budget,” said COO of Capital City Public Charter School. After pricing Intus Windows products myth about overpriced triple pane energy efficient windows was denied. The u-PVC Eforte assemblies had the best balance in terms of price and performance.
The low solar heat gain coefficient of Intus Windows Eforte glazing combined with the low U-values, reduced heating and cooling demands significantly. According to the MCN Build, the cost of the Intus Windows uPVC Eforte system proved to be 30% less than the otherwise installed aluminum double-paned system; thus saving both the builder, and even more important, Capital City Public Charter school, as much as $300,000.00 dollars. Installed Intus Windows products further improved annual energy consumption of the school for years to come, totaling to $50,000.00 estimated savings per year.
The MCN Build’s decision to use Intus Windows triple pane energy efficient windows was not only fiscally beneficial, it also ended up saving the school thousands in energy costs over the lifetime of the building. As auditory comfort is often overlooked in commercial design, it is great to see this as an unintended but beneficial consequence. “This feature will ensure a quiet and productive classroom experience for a school buried in a loud and bustling community,” said Joseph Khoury from MCN Build. Triple pane Eforte windows feature superb sounds insulation properties, making them a perfect fit for urban environment buildings.
Renovating windows helped the Capital City Public Charter School not only to improve the indoor air quality, sound insulation, learning conditions but also helped to reduce heating and cooling energy consumption. “With a help of energy efficient triple pane windows we are experiencing much more productive and much more comfortable working and learning environment,” said COO of Capital City Public Charter School.