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Window Energy Rating Explained

With increasing energy costs, ever-rising fuel and living costs, the last thing you want to do is throw your hard-earned money out of the window…

…but that is exactly what you could be doing if your double glazed windows and doors aren’t energy efficient.

Huge developments have been made in recent years to make sure the double glazed windows and doors you install in your home retain heat and reduce the amount of energy you consume.

With visible benefits for both the environment and your pocket, it’s easy to understand why energy efficient windows and doors are important.

So how do you choose the best ones for you?

The UK government has set itself a specific target of ensuring all new homes built after 2016 are zero carbon.This is in addition to the general requirement of an overall carbon emission reduction as set out by the Kyoto agreement.

To highlight this topic and enable a system which is both an independent source of information and also easy to understand, the BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council) working in conjunction with the Energy Efficiency Council, have created a performance label (see example image) clearly defining the energy efficiency of windows or doors from any manufacturer.

Launched in March 2004, the Window Energy Rating label is similar to that used on many white goods in our homes, such as fridges and washing machines.

Windows are scored on a scale of A–G, with an A-rated building product being more energy efficient than one which is G rated.

This allows individuals to quickly and easily choose the windows most suitable for their needs.

In an ideal world, A-rated windows would be installed in every home in the UK. However, currently those which are given a rating of C and higher are compliant with building regulations.

Environmental benefits of double glazing

The Window Energy Rating Scheme, governed by an independent body, allows you to make a fully informed choice about the windows you choose for your home.

From an environmental perspective, the double glazed windows you choose can reduce your household CO2 emissions each year dramatically, helping you significantly lower your carbon footprint.

Not only does this have a positive effect on the world outside, but also for the environment inside your house.

The advancements in building product technology increase the amount of useable living space by eliminating drafts and cold areas.

“Why ZEN Double Glazing for my windows,
doors, and conservatories?”

With so much choice out there in the marketplace, it’s hard to know where to begin.

If you want your double glazed windows and doors to have a positive impact on the environment, selecting a reputable double glazing installer is a good place to start. It is in fact essential that performance double glazed windows are installed correctly or they will not perform properly.

ZEN Windows and Conservatories has the credibility and expertise to guarantee a first-class installation. ZEN's energy-efficient windows are produced using the award-winning BBA and BFRC approved profile systems to give you complete peace of mind.

Our impact on the environment is something we take very seriously. In fact, when it comes to window frames there is no more environmentally-friendly material available than UPVC.

We take as many steps as we can as part of our contribution to a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly world.