After a year of consultation the final Approved Document L (Conservation of Fuel and Power) of the Building Regulations 2010 in England and Wales has been published and becomes mandatory on 1st of October 2010 as expected.
We are greatly encouraged with the progress made in the Approved Document, which brings in Window Energy Rating (WER) band C as the minimum requirement for replacement windows. However, we hope the somewhat confusing complication of U-values remaining as a means of demonstrating compliance will not result in householders being deterred from installing energy efficient windows when offered such a wide range of options.
That said, the Pilkington energiKare™ range offers ‘off the shelf’ compliance with the new regulations and also allows the highest possible WER performance, optimising the balance between U-values and g-values to maximise overall energy efficiency. Therefore, we are confident window companies will continue to benefit from the recognised labelling offered by WERs and working with a trusted brand in Pilkington when selling the benefits of energy and money saving benefits of energy efficient glazing.
We appreciate the importance of understanding the new regulations so we will continue to work to help guide our customers through Part L 2010 and the implications they have on glazing. One such opportunity will be a live web chat at the virtual exhibition Sustainability Now at 11.00am on 12 May at www.sustainabilitynowevent.com . Alternatively customers can visit www.pilkington.co.uk/energikare to find out more about meeting the new regulations.
Commercial Director UK and South Region