On 7 January, over 35 Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Member companies met with the GGF Technical team to discuss the impact of the Government Future Homes Consultation proposals and to finalise the GGF’s response to the Consultation.
The meeting was chaired by David Borland, Technical Officer (pictured above), who led the forum covering these key points:
1. Approved Document L (on energy efficiency) was addressed and to achieve the Government’s Zero Carbon targets for new homes by 2050 the following options were discussed.
– Option 1: immediate introduction of triple glazing as compulsory for new build
– Option 2: move towards improved U value through improved products by 2025
The Group unanimously preferred Option 2 based on the following grounds. Firstly, with Option 1, compulsory triple glazing with immediate effect would be too difficult to achieve as the industry is not ready (in terms of manufacture, supply and installation) for this significant shift, though long term it should remain a goal.
Option 2 – improving a properties U-Value would be the easier and more gradual process, which would give the industry the opportunity to use improved and upgraded products/components to achieve the Government targets, as proposed in the Consultation.
The GGF will reflect the above in its response.
2. Approved Document F (ventilation) was next on the agenda.
The practicalities of achieving the background ventilation requirements as per the proposal through the use of trickle vents was discussed.
It was deemed this would be difficult in the current systems and trickles vents available. The Group asked that the GGF explore this area further in its response to the consultation to gain greater clarification on the ventilation requirements as proposed in the Consultation.
The general consensus at the meeting was the GGF supported the Government’s agenda, plans and commitment to Zero Carbon by 2050, but will strongly recommend to Government that the Glass and Glazing industry will need at least five years to get set up to achieve the 2050 targets.
It was unanimously agreed that the industry at present, is not in position to achieve the targets proposed.
The GGF will issue a hard copy of the full response to the Future Home Consultation at the next Joint Window and Door Group and Conservatory Association meeting in Birmingham on the 6 February, one day before the Government deadline of 7 February for responses to this Consultation. To attend this meeting, contact [email protected]
The deadline to feed into the GGF response has now passed but Members can still respond direct to the Consultation.
To view/download the consultation proposals, click here
Glass and Glazing Federation
40 Rushworth Street
t: 0207 939 9101
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