Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU.
The EU has set key climate and energy targets in the ‘2020 Climate and Energy Package which is binding legislation to ensure the EU meets climate and energy targets for the year 2020. This package includes a key target of improving energy efficiency by 20%.
Did you know that up to 35% of a buildings heat loss is through the windows?
What are the benefits of energy efficient windows?
- Reduced energy costs – save money by lowering your energy bills
- Improved comfort – energy efficient glazing reduces heat loss through windows and means fewer draughts and cold spots
- Improved health and wellbeing – reduce illnesses caused by a poor indoor climate
- Peace and quiet – energy efficient windows insulate your home against external noise
How are windows designed to improve energy efficiency?
- Performance criteria vary according to how well they stop heat from passing through, how much sunlight travels through the glass and how much air can leak in or out around the window
- Low emissivity glass is the most energy efficient which has an invisible coating of metal oxide which lets in light and heat but reduces the amount of heat escaping
- Gaps between the panes of glass are filled with gases such as argon, xenon or krypton
- Pane spacers are set around the inside edges to separate the panes of glass. To improve energy efficiency look for those that contain little or no metal
- Energy efficient windows come in a range of frame materials and styles:
- u-PVC frames are long lasting and can be recycled
- Aluminium frames offer slim profiles, are long lasting and can be recycled
- Timber frames can have a lower environmental impact but require maintenance
- Composite frames feature different materials inside and outside. For example an internal timber frame and external aluminium frame which reduces the requirement for maintenance and keeps the external frame weatherproof.
The British Fenestration Rating Council provides an easily understood Window Energy Rating for each window design to ensure you can make an informed decision on choosing energy efficient windows.
Why should I buy energy efficient windows from Internorm by Scotia?
- We provide an impressive range of highly efficient triple glazed windows and doors
- Our windows are specified to the highest Window Energy Rating “A” standard
- We can provide triple glazed windows with a U-value as low as 0.58
- All our high-quality windows are made to measure and completely bespoke
- Our experienced fitters ensure our windows are installed and sealed correctly to minimise drafts
- Our windows come with a superb 30 year Quality Assurance warranty, giving you complete peace of mind
For more information please call us on 0808 129 2089 or contact us.