Window and door systems supplier, Spectus, has collaborated with Pilkington Building Products-UK to develop a cost effective A-rated window using standard products.
The system has been constructed using 4mm Pilkington K Glass™, 4mm Pilkington Optiwhite™, a 20mm warmedge spacerbar, and filled with argon gas. The profiles are supplied by Spectus, whose Elite 63mm slim design achieves zero air leakage.
The fenestration industry in both the UK and Ireland now embraces the British Fenestration Rating Council’s Window Energy Rating scheme as the preferred method for demonstrating and marketing energy efficient windows and window products. Andy McDowell, Float & Coated Products Manager, Pilkington Products UK says: “We would like to congratulate Spectus on their design. The project is a credit to energy efficient design and further reinforces the position of Pilkington K GlassTM as UK’s leading low E glass, and number one choice for Window Energy Ratings.”
Martin Althorpe, Technical Director, Spectus said: “This achievement shows that the pinnacle of window energy efficiency need not be at an excessively high cost, limiting volume sales. Spectus fabricators now have the opportunity to manufacture A-rated windows using standard, widely available components, including Pilkington K Glass? and Pilkington Optiwhite? using readily available spacer bar types and low cost argon gas filling. ”
The use of Pilkington Optiwhite™ low iron glass as the outer pane will also help to achieve simple and economical improvement in WERs. Pilkington K Glass? is recognised as a significantly effective measure for achieving energy efficiency and therefore savings on fuel bills. It can also be toughened or laminated for safety and greater security.
Andy concluded: “Pilkington are continuously striving to make advanced energy efficient windows more cost-effective and accessible to discerning homeowners, and we’re delighted that this partnership with Spectus has helped us make another huge step in the right direction.”
Spectus Window Systems has been extruding high quality PVC-u window systems for 25 years. Based in Macclesfield, Cheshire, the company offers a comprehensive range of window and door systems. For more information visit www.spectus.co.uk.