Gauss / Groco
HouseYear built: circa 1901Location: Ann Arbor, MichiganSq. ft. conditioned space: 2,055Sq. ft. living space: 1,300Bedrooms: 3
IMAGE 2: Silicone tube seals in kerfin the head of the upper sash, at themeeting rail of the lower sash, and atthe sill of the lower sash.IMAGE 1: Bronze springweatherstripping installed in bothRestored original 110 year old woodwindows with draught prooﬁng - 66% airleakage reduction.
Case Study - Summary of Findings:Air Leakage ReductionDue to Wood Window Repair & Weather-stripping
Nick Helmholdt Project Manager, Clean Energy Coalition July 29, 2010Founders of www.Greenovation.TV, Matt & Kelly Groco
own a 110 year-old home in Ann Arbor’s Old West SideHistoric District. The Groco
's Folk-Victorian homeincludes sixteen original, single pane, wood framewindows. They knew that the windows were a majorsource of cold, wintry drafts that made the houseuncomfortable. GreenovationTV and Clean EnergyCoalition (CEC) were interested in understanding howrepairs to original wood windows would a
ect airinﬁltration in old homes. CEC agreed to perform blowerdoor tests before and after the repairs to his windows.The original blower door test was conducted with thewindows in their original state of disrepair. The sashes of several windows refused to close completely and in somecases the original hardware was missing or damaged. Theblower door measured air leakage of 4,400 Cubic Feet perMinute (CFM) at 50 Pascals. This rate of air ﬂow wasequivalent to leaving a 241 square inch window open yearround (that is the size of a rectangular opening 1’ x 1’8”).Under normal conditions, just over 100% of the air in theGroco
’s house was replaced with outdoor air every hour.These ﬁgures describe a house that has high,uncontrolled air inﬁltration.A second blower door test was performed after the woodwindow repairs were completed by Lorri Sipes & MaggieHostetler Wood Window Repair Company in Ann Arbor,MI. The repairs included re-glazing the original singlepane glass, repairing any damage to the wood sashes,installing bronze spring weather-stripping on both jambs(Image 1), cutting a kerf (saw-cut) and installing siliconetube seals (Image 2) in the head of the upper sash, at themeeting rail of the lower sash, and at the sill of the lowersash. The hardware was repaired or replaced andadjusted to draw the two sashes tightly together, push thetop sash up, and the lower sash down, e
ectively sealingboth sashes all the way around.