Already standard in much of northern Europe, triple glazing is fast becoming the default choice for UK residential building projects
Triple glazing supports greater energy efficiency - a compelling advantage given recent rises in energy costs - and plays an important role in the government’s aim to achieve net zero emissions by 2025.
This is also the year that minimum U-values will be reduced to 0.8W/m2K, when the government’s Future Homes Standard (FHS) is launched.
These lower U-values are easily met by triple glazing, but not by double glazing and, as a result, architects and developers are already starting to specify triple glazing, a trend set to accelerate as the 2025 deadline approaches.
The advantages of Scandinavian-style triple glazing
Current Scandinavian-style triple glazed composite windows are increasingly cited as role models for future window design and Velfac - founded in Denmark over 50 years ago - is the archetypal Scandi-window manufacturer.
Velfac products and expertise help specifiers achieve FHS compliance in advance of 2025 as its bespoke triple-glazed windows already meet the 0.8W/m2K U-value target.
But with demand set to rise significantly, it’s also vital to source triple glazing from a reliable manufacturer, such as Velfac, that can offer:
- Triple glazing costs only marginally higher than double glazed equivalents thanks to significant economies of scale generated by large-scale manufacture.
- Reliable supply from factories across Europe already manufacturing triple glazed units.
- Specialised accessories and ironmongery available as standard, proven to carry the weight of triple-glazed units.
- Access to a network of approved installers, trained to install triple glazing to guaranteed levels of quality.
Case study: Velfac triple glazing at the Copper Building, Bristol
Ferguson Mann Architects' award-winning Copper Building has added 136 new apartments to Bristol’s Lakeshore scheme, a regeneration project by Urban Splash.
The distinctive, copper-clad four-storey building is a thoughtful solution to higher-density living, underpinned by sustainable building performance.
Generous glazing is a key feature of Velfac triple-glazed, slim-framed composite windows and it brings extra light into apartments and communal spaces.
Velfac was specified for its low energy performance, acoustic comfort and functionality. ‘The Velfac V228 units allow residents to safely clean their windows from within their apartments without the need for external scaffolding,’ says project architect Nick Brown, associate at Ferguson Mann Architects.
An approved Velfac installer fitted the Velfac system. 'A high level of design and installation coordination was required between the different cladding and window subcontractors to suit the various interfaces,’ says Brown. ‘All were executed well as you can see from the finished facade.’
Find more on this case study at velfac.co.uk/copper-building
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