Published: 2nd March 2012
Energy efficient windows and doors manufactured in Irish Oak-on-white profile from Swish Window and Door Systems have been specified on a Leicestershire ‘eco-development’.
Fabricated by Affordable Window Systems and installed by Elizabethan Windows, Regional developer Cawrey Homes specified the WER ‘A’ rated thermally efficient windows for its 36-home eco development, Fielding Meadow, Ratby.
Constructed to exacting standards, the two, three and four bedroom, homes have been designed to incorporate the latest energy saving technology to achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes level four rating.
Including a focus on long-term maintenance savings, the properties also feature low maintenance fascias and soffits from Swish Window and Door Systems sister company, Swish Building Products.
Dave Walgate, Cawrey, said: “We wanted a development which delivered significant energy and lifetime savings at a sensible cost.
“More broadly, the development features air source heat pumps, highly insulated floors incorporating under-floor heating and ‘green’ sedum roofs.
“We put a lot of emphasis on a ‘fabric first’ approach for example, increasing cavity wall insulation from 75mm to 200mm plus the specification of thermally efficient windows but also looked at the long-term maintenance costs of the properties.
“Natural wood finishes clearly look good but need regular maintenance and that equates to higher costs. The Swish products in Irish Oak delivered a strong aesthetic quality and critically required little to no future maintenance.”
New bead options mean Swish is also able to offer a window system which can accommodate a 44mm triple-glazed unit, capable of achieving U-values as low as 0.8 W/m2K, supporting specifiers in achieving Code Level 6 and beyond.
Andrew Reid, commercial sales development director, Swish Window and Door Systems, said: “Developers clearly face growing pressure to deliver more sustainable developments at a time when fiscal and budgetary pressures make that all the more challenging.
“The Swish offer, whether triple or double-glazed delivers a high level of thermal efficiency but equally new colour and foil options mean that PVC-U can offer the new build sector access to a more affordable and energy efficient alternative to aluminium without compromising on the design of new homes.”< Back to News Page