It seems the wisdom of the present building regulations regarding
replacement windows is being increasingly questioned.
See the following on the BBC website
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I like the bit in there where Greenpeace object to the use of aluminium
on the basis of the energy it takes to make the material.
Being such consistent souls, I imagine they ensure they cycle rather
than drive to the factory gates when they protest.
On cycles with light-weight, high-tech, expensively-produced metal
However, they have missed the main point -- in a house of an age
where you are considering replacing the windows, just about anything
else you can find to spend the money on for energy conservation
purposes will give you a much better energy saving than going for
the extra cost of K glass.
I made a point of getting mine done just before the regs came in,
and the money saved more than paid for a condensing boiler and
additional roof insulation which will save vastly more energy than
the more expensive windows would have.
I know of several householders who've recently had their timber sash windows
restored in keeping with the age of the property.
None have had them replaced with DG units as the well recommended restorer
said they couldn't do it effectively in timber.
So it seems the regs are being wildly ignored.
This does, however, leave the householder in an uncomfortable and very
exposed position (unless proper dispensation from the building inspectors
has been obtained). They (the householder) are responsible for ensuring
that bregs have been complied with, and responsible for any remedy, not the
person carrying out the work. Whether there is any come-back on the
installer in the contract is another matter.
However, if receipts for the work have been misplaced, and in absence of
other evidence, it would be difficult for either the council or a future
purchaser's solicitor to prove that the work had been carried out post regs,
because traditional windows with SG woudl not have the date stamp that is
present on manufactured DG units.
email me at
richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
Restored is not the same as replaced. If they are replaced in their
entirety they must comply with Building Regs - but the Buildings regs do
have relaxed regs for historic buildings and those in conservation areas
At current prices I could heat my house for 20 years for the cost of replacing
the windows with double glazing if some of the quotes I have had are anything to
Sapa who make Aluminium extrusions for window frames told me that they are
expecting the regulations to be even tougher in a few years time, which is why
they are introducing their Dualframe product to replace the Monarch Monaframe
range which would no longer meet the regulation requirements.
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