About This Project
This project, located in McKeesport, Pennsylvania is a high-performance retrofit and renovation of a former YMCA building to a multi-unit residential apartment building for at-risk and formerly homeless clients. Energy efficiency was a key focus of this project, which implements stringent passive house methods to maximize efficiency. Another major concern of the project team was to maintain the historic charm of the building.
The project team worked closely with Zola Windows to specify a unique uPVC window that not only offers passive house performance levels at an affordable cost, but also harmonizes with the building’s historic aesthetic. Zola’s American Heritage SDH (simulated double hung) from the popular, budget-friendly Thermo uPVC line was specified for the project. The windows implemented in this project feature a lower tilt & turn window and a fixed upper for maximum airtightness and thermal performance. The implementation of these windows helped the project team achieve a very significant energy consumption reduction of at least 75%.