Sustainable housing - modern and heritage

The domestic housing sector is responsible for 17% of the UK’s CO2 emissions and 29% of the UK’s energy consumption. With rising energy prices and a growing need to cut emissions, there is an absolute necessity to make properties more energy efficient. The demand for housing is at an all-time high. Brown-field sites are being developed, and many disused buildings such as offices, warehouses and churches are being converted into living space. These all come with their own issues and often need a high level of care to ensure thermal and noise window insulation is addressed to create a comfortable and sustainable environment for the occupant.
Secondary glazing in bedroom windows at Thomas Homes, London Road, Reading
Thomas Homes, London Road Reading
Selectaglaze thermal secondary glazing in dining area at Redrow Homes Connaught Place
Redrow Homes, Connaught Place London

Secondary glazing meeting sustainability standards

Whether you are a social housing provider, property developer, a private estate or a private landlord; similar problems will be encountered when upgrading existing homes or converting Listed or traditional buildings for housing.
In general, original draughty single glazed windows and even early designs of double-glazed windows, will fall short in meeting EPC requirements and have an impact on increased energy consumption. Where they cannot be replaced, or if they are to be retained for other reasons, well sealed secondary glazing will enhance the performance , maintain a more even temperature in the home, raise EPC ratings, reduce heating costs and for Social Housing provide help with meeting the Decent Homes Standard.

Acoustic window insulation for homes

Noise nuisance can have a great effect on well-being and the ability to relax and switch off from the busy life we lead. It can be generated by traffic and transport systems, the general hubbub of people in busy city centres or noisy neighbours! Retrofitted acoustic secondary glazing can significantly reduce noise penetrating a home, as well as keeping sounds contained within.
Its use can also be of major assistance in gaining planning permission to build new homes on brown field sites or locations adjacent to railways, busy roads, and airports. The combination of new double-glazed windows and acoustic secondary glazing can ensure the dB reductions are met.

A more secure home

Homes need to be safe places and the Police security initiative, Secured by Design (SBD), works to improve both the security of buildings and their surroundings. Windows are particularly vulnerable to break-in but secure secondary glazing, accredited by SBD after rigorous testing, provides a robust barrier. Systems are available with a range of security levels, the highest matching the resistance of bars or grilles but avoiding the home feeling like a fortress.

Listed Building Consent

Work on Listed buildings has to be covered by a Listed Building Consent and when considering work in Conservation Areas advice should be obtained from the local Conservation Officer. In most instances, secondary glazing will be an acceptable addition as it is a reversible adaptation. for more information visit the heritage page

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