31 Dec '13, 4pm

Should we be paying the energy bills for windows that end up covered by blinds?

New Yorkers may choose a glass condo or corner office for the views, but a new study shows that once they get there, they’re drawing the blinds. By Candace Pearson Shaded Window Area by Direction of the Sun Researchers found the amount of window area covered by shades or blinds hovered around 59%, whether the sun was angled at the windows or not. This suggests tenants leave the blinds down for other reasons, such as privacy. A recent report titled “Seduced by the View ” makes the case that all those floor-to-ceiling windows that New Yorkers pay for with higher rents and energy bills usually end up covered by blinds. In a small, rather anecdotal, study conducted by New York’s Urban Green Council, researchers focused on 55 residential and commercial buildings dispersed through Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Over three months, they collected photos of the exposed sides of e...

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