With rising energy costs, fuel costs and living costs, the last thing you want to do is throw valuable money out of the window...

    ...but that is exactly what you could be doing if your windows aren’t energy efficient. Significant advancements have been made in recent years to ensure the windows you install in your home retain heat and reduce the amount of energy you use. With visible benefits for both the environment and your pocket, it’s clear to see why energy efficient windows are important, so how do you choose the best ones for you?

    BFRC – What’s it all about?

    The Government has set itself a specific target of ensuring all new homes built after 2016 are zero carbon. This is in addition to the general requirement of an overall carbon emission reduction as set out by the Kyoto agreement.

    To highlight this topic and enable a system which is both an independent source of information and also easy to understand, the BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council) working in conjunction with the Energy Efficiency Council, have created a performance label (sample shown left) clearly defining the energy efficiency of windows from any manufacturer.

    Launched in March 2004, the Window Energy Rating label is similar to that used on many white goods in our homes, such as fridges and washing machines. Windows are scored on a scale of A – G, with an A rated building product being more energy efficient than one which is G rated. This allows individuals to quickly and easily choose the windows most suitable for their needs.

    In an ideal world, A rated windows would be installed in each home in the UK. However, recognising that a balance needs to be made between the availability and cost-effectiveness of such products, those which are given a rating of C and higher are recognized as energy efficient, and can officially be endorsed with the Energy Saving Recommended logo.

    What does this mean for the environment?

    The Window Energy Rating Scheme, governed by an independent body, allows you to make a fully informed choice about the windows you choose for your home.

    From an environmental perspective, the windows you choose can reduce your household CO2 emissions by over 100m each year, helping you significantly lower your carbon footprint. Not only does this have a positive effect on the world outside, but also for the environment inside your house. The advancements in building product technology increase the amount of useable living space by eliminating drafts and cold spots.

    Selecting a suppiler – what to look for

    With so much choice in the marketplace, it’s hard to know where to start. If you want your windows to have a positive impact on the environment, choosing a reputable supplier is a good place to start. Individual workmanship can affect the benefits of installing energy efficient windows; choose a company the supplys the credibility and expertise to guarantee a first-class installation. Duraflex energy efficient windows are produced using the award winning BBA and BFRC approved Duraflex profile systems to give you complete peace of mind.

    Duraflex impact on the environment is something we take very seriously. Ther have taken significant steps to reduce both our energy usage and the amount of waste generated during there manufacturing process, whilst increasing the amount that they re-cycle.

    This commitment to the environment and sustainability is echoed throughout the company businesses and resulted in thir systems supplier Duraflex achieving the ISO 14001 Environment Management System and also being awarded the Regional Business of the Year Award in recognition of the strides forward that have been made environmentally.

    For sustainable Upvc, fit Duraflex the best energy rated window system money can buy.

    Window Energy Ratings have made choices for consumers crystal clear.

    Increasingly, customers are recognizing that not all double glazed windows are the same. When it comes to performance, they want the ‘Best buy’. Deliver it with Duraflex .