In the fall of 2009, the County of Northampton received an Energy Efficient Community Block Grant of approximately $2,000,000. The County allocated the entire amount to the renovation and restoration of the Historic Northampton Courthouse, the oldest portion of the County Governmental Center.
The original proposal called for the replacement of all 163 windows, including the monumental windows, roof repairs, gutter and downspouts repairs, and various façade repairs. Artefact’s response proposed that it might not be necessary to replace all the windows and that a closer inspection might reveal that a simple restoration of the windows would produce comparable energy savings to the savings produced by replacing the windows.
As a result of a three day lift inspection as well as an individual evaluation, the final proposal included the restoration of all the paint and glazing compounds of the monumental windows. In addition, aluminum interior storm windows were installed to improve the overall energy efficiency of the assembly. All other windows were retrofitted with new double pane 1/2 inch insulated glass.
In addition to the window work, Artefact proposed a new energy-efficient roof and gutter system. As part of the overall analysis, Artefact worked with a Paint Analysis Specialist to research the original colors of the building.
You can read more about the project in Architect Magazine.