Focused on Energy Efficiency
Connecticut contractors use MI Windows in quest for maximum energy efficiency
When it comes to building energy-efficient homes, Connecticut contractor Ben Bogie is keeping it in the family.
Bogie, the owner of Built to Last Design & Build, LLC, is an expert at constructing buildings that cut down on heat loss. It’s a skill he learned from his father Charles, who was building energy-efficient homes long before the idea caught on with most contractors in America.
“(Charles) was definitely an early adapter in the U.S.,” Bogie says. “We’re a growing community now as things progress in that direction. Back when he started, it was a very isolated kind of fringe of the building community that was looking at those things.”
Ben and Charles went to work with the rest of the Built to Last crew in 2017 to remodel a retirement home in Woodbury, Conn. They used approximately 14 windows from MI Windows and Doors—1650 Extreme Double-Hungs, 1675 Casements, 1650 Picture Windows, and a 1615 Sliding Glass Door. All of the windows were triple glazed to retain heat during those cold New England winters.
“Energy efficiency is real important here because it’s a retirement house,” says Daniel Morrison, who’s been tracking the progress of the remodel for his website, protradecraft.com. “We want to keep the energy bills in the future down because energy keeps getting more expensive. Triple-glazed windows will significantly improve the energy performance and comfort in this home.”
The triple-glazed windows also add space – figuratively speaking – to a home.
“If you stand next to a window on a cold day, you lose a lot of heat from radiant heat loss,” Morrison says. “Heat moves from one body to another through radiation – it’s kind of sucked out of you. So if you’re sitting next to a cold window, heat is sucked out of you, which makes you uncomfortable, so you move to the center of the room. A triple-glazed window has much less heat loss, so there is more comfortable space within the room. Now, you can sit at the kitchen table next to a window without needing to put on a sweater.”
MI Windows was pleased to be able to provide the windows for the retirement home retrofit project, and Ben is pleased to once again use the skills that Charles passed down to him.
“I come from a background in which I’m a second-generation carpenter and home builder/remodeler,” Ben says. “I came up under my father, who raised me in this business. He had a long history of high-performance, super-insulated homes going back to the gas crises of the late ’70s. I always had a lot of these details drilled into me. I guess I took them for granted for a long time; it was the way we did things. And then as I came into maturity in the business, I started to really research things on my own instead of just doing what I was shown how to do. I took an interest in building performance and energy efficiency. I started really dialing in and figuring out how to put together the best assemblies and also balance efficiency and quality versus cost.”
And that last detail is especially important to Bogie in this case, as he doesn’t want his customers to fret about energy bills during their retirement.
“They shouldn’t be overburdened with energy costs as they move on to a tighter income,” he says.