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“Vinyl Windows Are [Not] Maintenance Free”

“Vinyl Windows Are Maintenance Free”

I was sent a link to this by Heritage Planner Julie Schueck of the City Of New Westminster.

It is pretty low-budget, but it is a great portrayal of the ongoing debate between the general construction world and the heritage world.  The medium is good , as it also reflects the budget that we have for advertising!



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APT Victoria 2011

Repost from APT website.
Heritage on the Edge: Sustaining Buildings, Landscapes and Communities
October 11-16, 2011
The Fairmont Empress
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Conference registration will open on Wednesday, May 4, at Fees are at their lowest rates right now:
New This Year!
Conference Scholarships
A new scholarship program, offered by the APT Conferences Committee, will provide partial funding for new and unemployed preservationists. Applicants must fulfill certain criteria, which are outlined on the application. Applications will be accepted through August 15.

Book Drive for Cuban Preservationists
As a follow-up to APT’s first research trip to Cuba in February 2011, APT will collect books, periodicals, and other literature for Cuban preservationists.

Canadian Conservation, Current Issues, and Challenges over Beer
All attendees will be invited to discuss potential ways to consolidate and organize efforts in conservation in Canada.

Dessert Auction (Yum!)
Raise funds for Student Scholars and enjoy decadent desserts at the same time! This new fundraiser, debuting at the Awards Banquet, will pit dining tables against each other for the rights to have their preferred dessert served to them.

For more information visit APT Victoria 2011.


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Sustainability and Your Wood Windows

Sustainability and heritage go hand in hand. By preserving the historic elements of your home, such as the windows, not only are you preserving a unique piece of our cultural heritage that would be difficult and expensive to replicate in today’s world, but you are keeping precious resources out of the landfill. Wood windows are made of endlessly repairable components, wood and glass. Glass is easily replaced or reglazed and if the wood is damaged, it can be repaired and in rare cases replaced. Most windows will not require extensive repairs. When your windows have been repaired they will not only look better, they will be weather tight and ready to last for another 50 to 100 years. Try getting that kind of value from a vinyl window. You might be surprised to see how nicely your windows will look after being repaired and repainted even if their condition seems beyond hope.

To explore this topic of sustainability further please check the links on the Vancouver Heritage foundation website and their free downloadable booklet
NEW LIFE OLD BUILDINGS: Your Green Guide to Heritage Conservation

Other links specific to windows
The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows: John H. Myers

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