Bill Could Mean More Energy-Efficient Glass and Glazing in West
Legislation is currently pending in West Virginia that would amend
the Code of West Virginia to allow county school boards to enter
into energy-saving contracts and extend them by 15 years. If passed,
the new law could help move the county schools toward the use of
The legislation (H.B. 2872), encourages "energy-conservation
measures" to reduce energy consumption operating costs of the
facilities. Included in the allowable measures are storm windows
or doors, caulking or weather stripping, multi-glazed windows or
doors, heat-absorbing or heat-reflective glazed and coated door
or window systems or other door or window modifications that reduce
Curtis Wasner is a project manager at General Glass Co., a contract
glazier in Charleston, W. Va. He says having legislation in place
such as the proposed H.B. 2872 would help encourage more green building
throughout the state, including school systems.
"We've seen a big shift toward green building here, from the
performance of the metal to the performance of the glass,"
says Wasner, who says of the last few school installations they've
worked on energy-efficient glazing systems were used. "We're
trying to encourage green building with everyone," he adds.
Others are a bit more cautious when it comes the pending legislation.
"On the surface, it sounds like a good thing. Any time we
can try and reduce costs and energy demand, especially for the school
systems, it allows them to save money for the other things that
they need," says Mike Holt, a project manager with Central
Glass Co. in Charleston, W.Va. "The important thing with this,
though, is to make sure it's done correctly on the legislative end
and that it's implemented where it's actually needed. Schools that
were built 50 years ago were not designed with energy conservation
in mind, so just replacing the windows may not necessarily solve
all of the problems the structure may have."
Holt adds that with new construction energy-efficient glazing systems
are in almost all of their jobs.
"When it comes to building new schools the design is most
important and today, most all of the schools are built with insulating
The bill, which was introduced last week, has been referred to
the House Committee on Education and the Judiciary.
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