A tremendous amount of waste

Each year in Canada, landfills receive approximately 30% of all waste produced by the construction industry. Aluminum, PVC and wood windows are obviously part of the lot. They generate tons of lead, a substance contained in some types of glass. Consequently, throwing away a window goes against the principles of sustainable development, since they are often not recycled.

On the other hand, refurbishment prevents almost all, if not all, of this unnecessary waste. As such, each window refurbishment operation produces about 300 grams of waste. This includes weatherstripping, track slides and glides that have reached the end of their useful life.

Down with waste!

Manufacturing a new window requires the extraction and processing of raw materials such as wood, bauxite, oil, steel and silica. Once assembled, they must also be transported by truck. All these operations require a significant amount of energy. In contrast, refurbishing a window requires far less consumption of energy.

Overall, the ecological footprint of a refurbished window is minor, compared with the manufacturing footprint of a new window.

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