Two of the leading campaigners for energy efficient windows in the UK, Edgetech and Pilkington, announce the launch of the most comprehensive, independent study into UK Window Energy Ratings (WER) to date. Incorporating information on almost every system, profile, glass, spacer and component that can potentially make up a window, the WER assessment calculator includes almost 8000 simulations covering every possible permutation, focussing on different glazing & warm edge technology performances. Whilst not an official BFRC simulation, the information resulting gives a very accurate guide to the likely rating achievable.
Andy Jones, Managing Director of Edgetech UK, comments: “We have chosen the name WER:DIY to market this study because it’s a fantastic self-assessment guide for any fabricator who wants to see for themselves what WER band their window can achieve. The WER:DIY is a free and easy service that allows fabricators of almost any PVC-U system to see in a minute how their individual windows perform against the BFRC ratings. Visitors to our Glassex stand can even enjoy a professional massage while their window specification is simulated. “
Andy McDowell, Float & Coated Products Manager for Pilkington adds: "BFRC Window Energy Ratings (WERs) have taken the UK and Ireland fenestration industry by storm over the past 12 months. With interest increasing still further, this new tool is a unique guide for unit processors and window fabricators/installers alike, allowing a range of possible WER options to be evaluated in real time, without incurring excessive costs. Now its even quicker and easier to see the benefits of Pilkington K GlassTM in energy-rated windows.”
Andy Jones continues: “The WER:DIY is just part of Edgetech’s ambitious drive during 2007 to help companies along the entire supply chain in a practical way to benefit from WERs; from advising fabricators who want to carry the label on their window, helping sealed unit manufacturers who want to achieve EN1279 Parts 2 and 3, putting installers in touch with ESR suppliers, to educating home owners on the ESR scheme with our ‘Windows that won’t cost the Earth’ DVD.”
Anyone interested in knowing how their window performs, or has any other questions relating to energy efficiency in windows, is invited to visit Edgetech’s ‘Taking the Stress out of window energy ratings’ stand at Glassex, no. G120, Hall 1. Further information on glass and glazing options can be found via the web : www.pilkington.co.uk/WERs, email : Pilkington@respond.uk.com or by phone on 01744 692000.