REHAU discusses the importance of sustainability and thermal efficiency following a recent survey stating homeowners consider double glazing the most important internal sustainable feature when moving home.
The research, conducted by UK housebuilder Redrow, surveyed 2,000 people on the single most important internal sustainable feature they would have in their next home. With 26 percent of respondents selecting it as their number-one priority, double glazing was the most popular selection.
REHAU is therefore encouraging companies within the fenestration industry to adapt their available ranges to fit this increasing demand. Russell Hand, Head of Marketing & Technical at REHAU Windows states, “Solutions providers must ensure they are offering the most eco-friendly frames possible. Insofar as uPVC windows are concerned, installers and fabricators should therefore ensure they source window solutions from socially responsible providers with extensive operations dedicated to recycling older material back into the supply chain, and reducing landfill.”
Over the years, REHAU has worked hard to boost its uPVC recycling capacity. Having recently opened its new PVC recycling plant in Runcorn, PVCR Ltd is one of the largest uPVC recyclers in the UK, capable of processing over 13,000 tonnes of postconsumer polymer windows and doors every year.
The survey also highlighted well-sealed windows and doors as the third most popular choice for householders when considering internal sustainable features for their new home, with 17 percent of the vote overall. Consequently, Russell is encouraging installers and fabricators to consider sustainable materials with excellent thermal efficiency credentials when choosing their window range.
Russell concludes, “Polymer windows, such as those from REHAU, enjoy Window Energy Ratings (WER) of an A and above, and because of the thermoplastic nature of uPVC, they can be recycled several times without significant performance loss. The fact polymer meets these growing customer needs therefore means installers looking to appeal to an evolving market should retain uPVC frames within their portfolio as an appealing option for homeowners.”
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