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Pilkington straight to WER point

It has been a busy year for the window industry thanks partly to the evolvement of Window Energy Ratings (WERs) - the British Fenestration Rating Council's (BFRC) chosen metric rating for window energy performance. Pilkington has released a third bulletin, Window Energy Ratings 3, to explain the benefits of the scheme, how to get a rating, factors affecting a window rating and the implications of WERs on glass specification.

The WERs wagon has picked up speed over the last year following the inclusion of WERs in Part L of Building Regulations in England and Wales, Part F in Northern Ireland and Part J in Scotland. The number of rated windows has increased dramatically, with 350 currently rated, of which more than 45 have achieved the top A grade.

As well as giving a full background of WERs and the important factors that affect a window's rating, the bulletin also suggests some of the technologies that can help a window achieve a higher rating and the best Pilkington products to use to help achieve this, including Pilkington K Glass™.

This third bulletin covers all developments over the last 12 months since they were launched, how they have been formulated and what they mean to the glass industry as a whole.

For the first time they offer the fenestration industry a means of justifying the use of their best-performing, highest value products to the consumer, in terms that the consumer understands and recognises.

As the number one low E brand in UK and Ireland, Pilkington K Glass™ has been a key component in the majority of rated windows so far; exploiting its optimal combination of low E and solar gain properties.

Window Energy Ratings 3 will also prove invaluable in understanding the benefits of the new Pilkington energiKare™ IGU - which helps windows meet the eligibility requirements of the Energy Saving Trust's Energy Saving Recommended scheme.

A downloadable version of Window Energy Ratings 3 can be found at www.pilkington.co.uk/WERs alternatively it can be requested by email to pilkington@respond.uk.com or by phoning the Technical Helpline 01744 692000.

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Pilkington Building Products

NSG Group, the manufacturer of Pilkington glass in the UK, manufactures a wide range of float, coated, rolled, laminated and toughened glass products as well as its own range of high-performance insulating glass units. Glass is distributed direct to customers, either as stock or as bespoke processed products to meet their needs, either direct from St Helens or through its network of branches countrywide.

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