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Letter to the Editor - Response to Alan Fielder’s letter in Fenestration News (17.10.11)

Dear Ian

Alan Fielder (Fenestration News, 17.10.11) makes a good point. Consumers want to reduce their energy bills which have been rising steeply.

They’ve been warned they’ll rise even more in future. Together with general inflation and caps on earnings this is hurting, and influencing their behaviour.

A recent national survey of homeowners conducted by Opinium Research and commissioned by DGCOS found that the top reason* for people replacing windows and doors is to reduce their energy bills (61%). This new-found focus on saving energy can only grow as the Green Deal is promoted and building regulations are tightened.

The fact is triple glazing significantly improves the energy efficiency of homes, as well as add comfort. And the standards set by Building Regulations for 2016 can only reasonably be achieved using triple glazing. Alan seems very concerned with complications and cost, but with the right products triple glazing doesn’t need to be difficult. Indeed it is getting easier as systems companies update their systems to accommodate it. Most tellingly, when homeowners are offered triple glazing and the benefits sold to them, they choose it readily, and pay a moderate premium for the significant added value.

SWISSPACER is being used in triple glazed units in large volumes. Some companies are making it their standard offer. Its rigid profile is ideal - strong enough to cope with the extra load of another pane of glass, and SWISSPACER is doing very well in Germany, where 40% of the market is already triple glazed.

Homeowners are keen on it and triple glazing is growing fast. It’s just a question of how long it takes the bulk of the industry to latch on to it and use it as a selling tool.

Alan’s letter sounds like he is saying: “slow the future down, my product’s not ready.” But SWISSPACER and many of our customers are already benefitting. Our advice to the industry is embrace the future – it’s already here - and gain from this new opportunity.

Yours sincerely

Vic De Costa
SWISSPACER, Marketing and Sales Manager, UK and Ireland

Alan Fielder (Fenestration News, 17.10.11)

* Energy Efficient Windows in the Home: A new survey of homeowners’ experience of buying Energy Efficient windows and doors. The DGCOS commissioned research took place at the end of September 2011.

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Formed in 1998 Swisspacer is part of Saint-Gobain Glass Solutions. The company has experienced massive growth in the UK over the past 2 years. Its no-investment needed price benefit has been a key advantage that has attracted sealed unit manufacturers and window fabricators and fuelled its growth.

The manufacturing and head office is in Switzerland and a second manufacturing facility is established in Germany. Much investment is taking place to expand production capacity to ensure that Swisspacer is able to satisfy the dramatic ongoing growth in demand for its high performance warm edge spacer bar products.

Swisspacer has a growing network of leading sealed unit manufacturers in the UK and Ireland using its products, including Solaglas, Pilkington, Carey Glass, Supaseal, Custom Glass, Uniglaze2, Glass Systems, Clayton Glass, System 3 and Hollow Seal among others.

Swisspacer exactly matches the shape and dimensions of aluminium spacers, and being rigid and self supporting it handles in a similar way. And because there is no need to invest in expensive new machinery, it makes it very easy to get up and running with warm edge. Automated solutions are however available from Lisec, Saint-Gobain Seva and Rottler and Ruediger.

Independent tests conducted by IFT Rosenheim, the leading European independent fenestration research and test facility, showed that Swisspacer V had the best PSI values of all the other leading brands of spacer bar that were submitted for testing. Using Swisspacer thermal insulation (U-value) can be improved by up to 20%. Swisspacer V and Swisspacer perform very well in the Window Energy Rating Scheme.

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