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GGP December 2013

Energy Efficiency Energy efficiency to last a lifetime Swisspacer’s Vic De Costa says that while triple glazing is the only realistic way of meeting zero carbon targets by 2016, it’s a product that needs to last – so choose components based on quality, not price. Energy saving? The bigger the better! The glazing industry has worked hard to develop thermally efficient windows that make homes and buildings warmer and cut heating bills. Performance is getting better and better – in August the BFRC announced a new ‘A+’ energy rating and it won’t stop there. Earlier this year, government renewed its pledge to make all new homes zero carbon by 2016. The only realistic way of achieving zero carbon is with triple glazing. Triple is popular in Scandinavia and accounts for over 40% of new installations in Germany. It’s still a relatively small market in the UK, but it is growing fast. As the industry knows only too well, what Germany does today, the UK does tomorrow. It’s easy to see the benefits of triple glazing because if two panes are good at keeping cold out, then three panes are even better. In cold weather, the inner pane of a triple glazed window is no colder than any other surface in the room. So you get a more comfortable indoor temperature, less noise in built-up areas and lower heating bills. It’s easy to sell the benefits of triple glazing to homeowners. Five years ago the average annual dual fuel bill was £819, now it is £1,353. “Energy efficiency is now the top reason people give for replacing their windows” Headline news today says we’ll see above-inflation rises on energy bills for the next 17 years! It’s a sobering thought, so it’s no surprise consumers see high performance windows as an investment, a way of protecting against rising costs. A DGCOS survey in 2012 found improving energy efficiency is now the top reason people give for replacing their windows. Triple glazing is more expensive than standard double glazing, and to preserve margins some sealed unit makers might use cheaper components including warm edge spacer bars. It’s tempting, but I’d advise caution. The increased weight of the extra pane of glass in triple glazing puts pressure on all the components, especially the spacer bar. With centre pane U-values of W/m2-K WANT A COMBINATION OF STUNNING GOOD LOOKS AND HIGH PERFORMANCE? THE PERFORMANCE • P1A certified laminated glass for ‘Secure by Design’ specification • Low-E and Gas-filled units as standard using Warm Edge technology THE LOOK • Stunning black-chrome plated cames - a UK first! • Combination of etched glass and grey bevelled pieces for a truly contemporary look with you every step of the way! RegaLead Limited Columbus House I Altrincham Road Sharston I Manchester M22 9AF Telephone 0161 946 1164 Email sales@regalead.co.uk www.regalead.co.uk


GGP December 2013
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