David Toal is the new Contracts Manager at commercial installation specialists The Window Company (Contracts). He is already working on several large-scale social housing projects, including one funded by the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund which is using replacement PVC-U windows alongside external wall and loft insulation, air source heat pumps and photovoltaic panels to transform the energy efficiency of hundreds of Fenland properties.
With pressure on the construction industry to utilise more sustainable building methods and product choices, specifying a PVC-U solution is increasingly being
seen as a way to further drive the green agenda.
Eurocell is supporting sustainability options for housebuilding and commercial projects through its market-leading PVC-U recycling and manufacturing processes that are substantially reducing the amount of plastic waste heading for landfill and helping to tackle the problem of carbon reduction. The company offers an extensive range of high performing PVC-U window and door solutions that not only look good,
but also help organisations satisfy their sustainability ambitions.
Changes to Part L have significant ramifications for new build – but also replacement programmes. We report...
The Government is expected to unveil its interim update to Part L next month [Oct]. Stopping short of the far more comprehensive changes to follow in 2025 ,with the introduction of the Future Homes Standard, they nonetheless have significant ramifications for new build and refurbishment programmes – including windows and doors.
John Duckworth, Head of Sales, Commercial, Deceuninck, explains: “The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is expected to publish its revision of Part L in this October, coming into effect in England and Wales from July next year.
“While it doesn’t go anywhere near as far as the Future Homes Standard, its ramifications are significant for new build and refurbishment projects, pushing up minimum standards at a time when COVID-related supply chain disruption is already pushing up costs and disrupting delivery.
“Planning now to take out the guess work is critical.”
Carl F Groupco, the major stockist of Yale hardware, has added the affordable and stylish new Quartus Espag handle to its catalogue. Featuring the leading lock manufacturer’s coveted push to unlatch mechanism, the Yale Quartus is available in a new colour range including champagne gold, satin black and enhanced silver for improved consistency in colour matching. The comprehensive colour range also includes chrome and white finishes ensuring that this new addition will look elegant in every setting.
Orbit Housing’s Fordham House development in Stratford-upon-Avon is an 82 apartment block designed to shield its residents from noise, many of whom are local workers in restaurants and bars so have to work shifts outside the usual working day.
This is achieved with special acoustic ceilings added to deep hollow concrete floor slabs. Fitted blinds within the window reveals also provide an additional noise cushion.
Windows not only have the ability to change the overall look of a house, but, depending on which material used, can impact ongoing energy efficiency, the level of upkeep required and home security.
PVC-u is the most common material used for new and replacement windows; it’s cheaper than its timber and aluminium alternatives and the stats are impressive! It offers a cost effective and virtually maintenance free solution. Here, you can find everything you need to know about PVC-u windows in order to assess their suitability for your needs: