The first cost effective A rated window has been manufactured by Walsall-based Rapid Frame Ltd using Edgetech’s leading warm edge technology, aluplast profile and Pilkington K Glass™. This latest A rating has brought together a combination of Super Spacer® sealed units from AG Glass, aluplast’s IDEAL 70 UPVC casement window system, 4mm Pilkington’s 4mm OptiwhiteTM and 4mm Pilkington K Glass™ with 16mm argon gas filling. The result is an A rated window which incurs minimal extra costs on a overall houseful of windows
Andy Jones, Sales Director and General Manager of Edgetech UK, says: “We believe this to be the first cost effective A rated window and are naturally delighted to have been involved. Although this is the 17th A rated window, this latest rating is particularly significant because of its cost effectiveness, and thus highly marketable attributes. Many companies are already reaping the benefits of offering a C rated window as standard. But with such a significant reduction in the premium on an A rated window there is no reason why this window shouldn’t be the new benchmark. The payback on installing a houseful of the highest rated windows could take as little as six to 12 months.”
Rapid Frame Sales Manager Barry Parker is excited at the prospect of increased sales for Rapid Frame and its customers as a result of their A rating: “We are proud to be leading the field by having achieved the first cost effective A rating with our ‘Formula One Energy Rated Window’. This will obviously provide real opportunities for both present and future Rapid Frame customers and is a welcome extension to the Formula One range. We are grateful to our systems supplier aluplast for driving this project forward and are also grateful for the encouragement, support and co-operation of our other partners in the project: Edgetech, Pilkington and AG Glass, all of whom have played an important role in its successful outcome.
Andy McDowell, Float and Coated Products Manager at Pilkington Building Products UK, comments: “Pilkington is at the cutting edge of energy efficiency design and this is another example of how we can help create the most innovative A rated windows.”
John Spiby, Managing Director of AG Glass, says: “We are delighted to have been involved in this exciting development. Until recently, A rated windows have required many costly components to achieve top-tier performance. But with continued innovative development we can now bring the first cost effective A rated window to the market.”
Mark Barsby, Technical Manager at aluplast (UK) is justifiably proud of this achievement and says: “Where A rated windows to date have required the use of either triple glazing or special profile inserts or krypton filled insulating glass units; all of which have fairly serious implications with regard to cost and practicality, our Ideal 70 AKA configuration certainly breaks the mould. Using standard profiles with no extras or special fabrication techniques, and including a double glazed unit incorporating Edgetech’s Super Spacer, Pilkington K Gglass™ inside and Pilkington Optiwhite™ low iron glass outside with 90% argon fill, aluplast fabricators can achieve the A rating. At last A rated windows that are practical and cost effective. The Ideal 70 system ensures that they are beautiful too!”