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Mounting Double Glazing Highland Doors And Windows To Meet New Requirements

By Neil Fraser

Scotland changed its building standards in March 2003 requiring the highest performance windows in dwellings ever requested. Under Part J of the Building Standards Code, new construction and replacement windows must meet strict specifications. Double glazing highland windows not only meet, but exceed these requirements, but selecting the right company for the job may take a little understanding of what the new regulations mean to homeowners.

A very strong feature of the change in Scotland’s building codes is that a u-value, a measurement that analyzes the heat loss from a building, must be extremely low in windows and doors. The lower the u-value found, the lower the heat loss. This requirement mandates that it be 10% less than required by England or Wales.

Compared to prior years, this new value means that windows and doors made of plastic or wood need a u-value of no more than 1.8. If constructed of metal, the u-value cannot exceed 2.0. The only exception to this new rule is with homes designated as historical landmarks. In order to keep the authenticity of the original design, windows and doors consistent with the period may still be used.

There has also been an exception to the rule for some who are using energy-efficient gas or oil fired central heating boilers. These exceptions are very rare, however, so one needs to be aware that although someone they know qualified, they may not. Anyone with this type of boiler installing new windows and/or doors must be sure that the installer has written confirmation before proceeding.

Anyone attempting to sell property that does not meet the new standards can run into serious problems. A surveyor can easily establish the u-value of the units involved by using a glass analysis gauge. If they do not meet the standards established then the house cannot be sold. For those looking to sell a home in the near future, this problem should be corrected prior to putting it on the market.

If it is found that windows or doors have been improperly installed it may require a certified technician to replace the portals and this needs to be considered before attempting the task on one’s own. Under Scottish Technical Standard Building Regulations there are some provisions that are strongly enforced. Windows and doors must provide ventilation, be safe-cleaning and have an emergency escape feature, among other things. This will assure that the windows easily pop out should an emergency occur.

Any new additions or remodeling projects requires the approval of the local council prior to the start of the project. This includes submitting drawings and specifications which are reviewed and may require revision. A GGF 2.2 data sheet is available which specifies all the requirements regarding replacing of installing windows and doors and well as construction projects in general.

One way to circumvent the confusion about the new regulations is to hire a qualified and certified glass technician who specializes in the installation of double glazing highland windows and doors. Whether one opts for internal glazing, which has the advantage of no beading on the outside, or external, which locks the beading into place, the right window manufacturer will ensure that any dwelling is safe, secure, and meets the new regulations mandated by the government.

Are you searching to get your windows double glazed? Well, with the highland double glazing window company, they do it right and fast. You will get a double glazing highland window in a few days.

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Fraser, Neil "Mounting Double Glazing Highland Doors And Windows To Meet New Requirements." Mounting Double Glazing Highland Doors And Windows To Meet New Requirements. 25 Aug. 2010. 19 Jul 2014 <>.

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