Martin Benn, Head of New Build at Eurocell, takes a look at how effective window and door solutions can help deliver the energy efficiency and sustainability enhancements that housebuilders are looking for - and consumers want - as the current regulatory landscape alters.
The Future Homes Standard (FHS) is set to be introduced in 2025 and, with it, a step change for all stakeholders charged with transforming the UK’s housing stock so it is more energy efficient, more sustainable and, ultimately, low carbon.
An immediate focus for housebuilders has been the introduction of changes to Part L 2021 of the Building Regulations, meaning many are now looking for the simplest and most cost-effective way to meet the new carbon reduction obligations.
The regulatory amendments call for a 31% reduction in carbon emissions and all new builds will need to incorporate renewable technology solutions to achieve it. This is because improvements in energy efficiency (and lower carbon emissions) simply can’t be delivered by enhancing the building fabric solely.
Increasing performance requirements will continue with further changes anticipated in 2024 with the publication of Part L 2025. Introduction of which will transition in 2025 through to 2027 to complete the second step change of 75% reduction in carbon emissions.
But efforts to make significant contributions to energy efficiency and sustainability progress can be supported in additional ways alongside emerging renewable technology systems.
And such product decisions need to encompass the window and door solutions that adorn the home design.
Eurocell’s fully integrated window and door system, Modus continues to lead the market as the ‘go to’ solution for energy efficient performance, aesthetics, value, and sustainability.
The innovative technical design behind the Modus window system prioritises thermal performance as a key benefit to support energy efficiency targets. Proven to deliver thermal insulation excellence, as well as air tightness and noise reduction benefits.
This is due to the uniquely designed 75mm six-chamber profile system which delivers optimum energy efficiency performance and can achieve very low U-values with triple-glazed units.
Removing the need for complex and expensive glazing specification, Modus, helps to lower the cost and impact of tackling the net zero carbon agenda for housebuilders and homeowners.
Sustainability to the fore
Complementing the energy efficiency objectives that can help fulfil the immediate requirements of Part L, the Modus system also supports corporate sustainability strategies which businesses are increasingly being asked to demonstrate.
All Modus main profiles feature a minimum of 36%* post-consumer recycled PVC-U as standard. This helps to achieve a lower carbon footprint compared to products made or containing recycled material sourced from outside of the UK. The system deploys cutting-edge dual material extrusion technology (DMET) which layers post-consumer recycled and ‘virgin’ material simultaneously with high precision.
The recycled material is concentrated in the central core of the profiles, where it is completely invisible in an installed window or door.
And whilst energy efficiency and sustainability remain prime considerations, product solutions must also tick the aesthetic box. The creation of visual appeal is vital, allowing the sector to build the homes people want to purchase and live in.
The standard rebate, slim rebate and fully flush sash styles offered by the Modus system means a wide range of contemporary design aesthetics and varied colour options are available to satisfy both progressive and traditional design styles.
Modus is already a proven, highly effective, and popular integrated door and window solution. It combines fantastic thermal performance, a broad spectrum of design options, and built-in sustainability through the inclusion of recycled material as part of its manufacture.
The system is now set for further development. This aims to continue building the numerous features and many practical benefits that make Modus a cost effective and go-to solution for housebuilders.
*Average % recycled material of main profiles content varies by component from 36% to 72%