Faced with tighter budgets and soaring energy costs, education leaders and decision makers probably don’t have secondary glazing top of their to-do list. But an investment in installation now can lead to impressive results, as Selectaglaze explains…
Anything that can help reduce energy bills, cut carbon footprints and improve your school, college or university’s energy efficiency rating is more than welcome.
Noisier buildings within educational premises such as sports halls, breakout, and music rooms will really benefit from keeping the noise inside. Otherwise, there will be a damaging effect on classroom concentration inside neighbouring buildings.
Slim and sympathetic secondary glazing units can match the existing interior windows, allowing for a discrete and noise-controlled solution.
Busy city schools, colleges or universities will be surrounded by additional disruption and noise pollution. If we find more building and road construction work, as well as amplified street and road traffic noise near the educational institution, we will tend to see and advise acoustic solutions as the primary requirement.
So let’s say you’re in a busy city like Cambridge, what is the best solution? Well, the preferred choice is to use thicker glass in secondary glazing incorporating a special clear acoustic interlayer sandwiched between two panes of glass which help absorb and reduce noise transmittance.
When you install secondary glazing, comfort goes hand in hand with acoustics. Nobody wants a stereotypical ‘freezing in winter, sweltering in summer’ learning environment which can really hamper student concentration.
Draughty classrooms with cold spots caused by single glazed windows can cause discomfort and distract students from learning. Secondary glazing will reduce these draughts and create a more even temperature across the room to improve comfort (and concentration) levels. But what about the sunnier seasons?
For ventilation, it’s important to decide which windows should be able to be opened, and whether restrictors are necessary. It’s important to carry out a risk assessment first – and your secondary glazing provider should be able to help you make your decisions.
Older educational establishments that are Heritage and Listed Buildings are already wonderful places to learn. Secondary glazing can help improve them in terms of sound and heat insulation – while preserving their original character.
Your secondary glazing provider should be able to advise you on everything from applying for consent to ensuring that all solutions are sympathetic to the original property. You can take a look at Selectaglaze’s work in this field here.
Selectaglaze has covered the what, why and where of secondary glazing – but what about when? If you’re planning large refurbishment projects, of course it makes sense to wait for the longer holidays, like summer. However, a good secondary glazing company can be flexible in terms of timings.
The company’s experienced surveyors will gauge the scope of work with meticulous attention to detail, meaning installation is quick and easy, with minimal disruption. So we can work around your needs – before or after school, at weekends or half term. Selectaglaze is unique in installing products with a fast turnaround.
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