PVC-U building components are now recognised as a truly sustainable option, thanks to advances in recycling. When old PVC-U windows are removed from buildings they can now be recycled and fabricated into new finished products – up to ten times – with no detriment to the physical properties of the PVC-U. Combine this with the average 35-year lifespan of a PVC-U window, and customers can enjoy hundreds of years of re-use with minimal impact on the environment.
That’s why PVC-U windows have now achieved the highest rating possible in the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Green Guide to Specification (June 2008), receiving an ‘A’ rating for residential buildings and an ‘A+’ rating for commercial projects. Eurocell PVC-U wall cladding has also been awarded an ‘A+’ rating in this influential guide.
Towards more sustainable buildings
Sustainability is the biggest single issue facing the construction industry today. The Government has set tough carbon emissions reduction targets for the sector, through stricter Building Regulations and the Code for Sustainable Homes. As a result, all new-build homes and commercial buildings will need to be ‘carbon zero’ by 2016 and 2018 respectively.
The construction sector in particular is being targeted for improvements because buildings are responsible for around half of the UK’s CO2 emissions. What’s more, approximately 20% of the heat escaping from any home is lost through its windows, making energy-efficient windows a primary requirement for installers, fabricators and housebuilders.
Pioneering sustainable products for the building sector
Eurocell is at the forefront of sustainable PVC-U building product design. We are constantly innovating and developing new products that extend the boundaries of sustainable performance. Our technically advanced Eurologik window profile system, for example, has achieved an ‘A’ rating in the British Fenestration Rating Council’s (BFRC) certification scheme. The system has also been used to develop a window specification that achieves the highest BFRC energy-efficiency rating of any double-glazed PVC-U window available in the UK (A+14).
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