New windows and doors can contribute to reducing your annual energy bills and help you to qualify for a new Government initiative, the Green Homes Grant scheme.
How does the initiative work?
Homeowners in England can apply for vouchers of up to £5000 from the Government to help make their homes more energy efficient. The vouchers are to help pay for environmentally friendly improvements such as loft, floor and wall insulation, or replacing single glazed windows and doors with double glazing. New energy efficient door-sets replacing pre 2002 ones also qualify. There are two classes of improvements that will qualify, all the insulation work to walls, lofts and floors are classed as primary work and you need to commission this work in order to get the glazing mentioned approved.
Applications for the grant can be submitted starting September 2020 and will run through until the mid-part of next year.
In any event installing modern windows and doors should be considered even if the grant does not win approval, your energy bills will reduce and help pay for the improvements as well as adding considerable value to your home.
The development of modern windows and doors
The high demand for double glazing sales in the late1970’s and through the 80’s was driven by poorly maintained windows and doors that were installed in the post war building boom. The motivation for the purchase was usually driven by the increase in home ownership and the deterioration of the existing windows which were single glazed wood or steel framed, drafty and kept little heat in the house. Keeping up with the neighbours was also a significant driver with little thought other than the added insulation from double glazing was evident.
Aluminium was the first material used for frames by double glazing firms that initiated the sale and then came uPVC which by the end of the last century was the dominant material. Improvements in the development of engineered timber components have now made wood a suitable material for the frame to giver longer life expectancy and other key benefits, like security and ability to meet conservation requirements.
Today the world has moved on and we now must face up to the changing climate, cost and replacement of fossil fuels and the need to conserve energy. We are being told every day how to insulate our houses, reduce our energy bills and prepare for the future by recognising the change being made in the Building Regulations and Codes of Practice.
On the back of the awareness now of global warming, the carbon footprint is all important.
The Government has issued targets for energy conservation and wants to achieve a zero carbon society by 2050, this means that any energy consumed in the process and the ongoing running must be offset by carbon gains and renewable energy resources.
What are manufacturers doing about it?
Most manufacturers of building products have been working on new product areas and development to tap into this growing demand. It’s not surprising then, that the leading quality brands in the window and door market offered by the New Window Company are at the forefront of this technology.
Flush Cottage style and lipped storm proof casement, sliding sash for contemporary and or Heritage houses plus a full range of performance doorsets to suit all the styles required.
A deposit guaranteed scheme is available and a fully trained competent team of fitters will install your new windows and doors and take away the old for re-cycling.
Today’s windows having been tested and assessed by the BFRC (British Fenestration Energy Rating Council) can have an energy rating label just like a fridge does. The ratings are classified as being A best and down the alphabet to E.
Double glazed and factory finished windows and doors offered by the New Window Company can meet all levels of ratings, in casement and sliding sash models. Also, now available are products suitable for listed properties.
In the Building Research Establishment(BRE) green guide, windows and doors in all materials offered by The New Window Company are rated from as minimum C and up to A+.
Installing new windows will help to meet the criteria used. There are three areas – Energy and CO2 emissions, materials, and management. In addition, good day lighting through the windows as well as providing sound reduction will help meet some of the requirements in a fourth category of health and well-being.
The Windows are also tested to the very latest security performance standards to the latest building regulations Part Q and will gain extra credits.
One thing for certain you can get modern windows and doors now that are built to satisfy the future energy and ECO standards, reducing our impact on Earth for generations to come.
So not only will you be helping to get your energy costs down, but you will also add considerably to the value of your property.