Windows for Self-Build & Renovation Projects
When speaking to our new-build or self-build customers for the first time more and more in recent years are telling us they want to build a low energy house, not quite passive but do want to consider a fabric first approach and build using passivhaus principles, simply put, they want to build a low-energy house, as energy efficient as possible with one very large eye on their ever tightening budget.
This approach is not just reserved for new-build projects, many renovation projects, in particular, those wanting to extend, also look to improve on their energy efficiency.
Performance expectations of building materials has now, more than ever, seen a greater need to meet the energy efficiency demands of customers.
Here at Nordvest we hear this message loud and clear that’s why you get from us, Norwegian quality and performance as standard. But what to choose? Timber windows? Aluminium Clad windows? Double glazing, Triple glazing? It can all get a bit confusing.
No need to fret, as No 9 of our Ten Good Reasons to Choose Nordvest points out, our friendly, knowledgeable sales team go through everything in detail with you to ensure your order is exactly as required and you are completely satisfied with your windows and doors.
If it’s a traditional look your after, timber frames could be the answer, if it’s a more modern, low maintenance window your after, aluminium clad will be your preferred option. But what about the glazing, double or triple?
Depending on your thermal performance requirements double glazing could be all you need with typical u-values* around 1.2 W/m²K. Triple glazing on the other hand offers you far greater thermal performance with typical u-values below 0.8 W/m²K. Lower energy and passive projects will usually require triple glazing.
While your making every effort to reduce your heat loss you’ll also need to consider your heat and solar gains, you’ll also need to consider the light coming into your rooms, triple glazing again will help here, depending on your requirements we can help you get just the right combination of u-value, g-value and Lt-value without over specifying and wasting valuable budget.
So, if you are embarking on a low energy new-build or self-build project and are looking for a window supply partner that likes to help its customers, likes to share its experiences and expertise, why not get in touch to discuss.
* U-value is a measure of heat loss in a building element such as a wall or window, the lower the u-value the more thermally efficient.
For any questions or queries on the above, why not give us a call to discuss your project requirements, at Nordvest UK, we’re always happy to share our expertise and knowledge with you, the customer.