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Eurocell's Role in Building a Zero Carbon Village

9 April 2015

Eurologik and Cavity Closers used in the UK’s largest zero carbon village.

Eurocell Eurologik triple-glazed windows and fully recycled cavity closers have been specified by Morris Homes on the UK’s largest zero carbon village in Peterborough.

Sheffield-based Eurocell fabricator Ford Windows fabricated and installed the zero-carbon window solution.

Vista, in the Southbank area of the city, is a development of 295 zero-carbon homes designed to reduce energy emissions by 100 per cent compared to an equivalent-sized standard housing development.

The Eurocell windows achieve a U-value of 0.8W/m²K, helping the properties meet the carbon reduction requirements of UK Building Regulations up to the 2016 zero carbon deadline.

Eurologik windows, Cavalok cavity closers and the other energy saving measures incorporated into the design will contribute to the Vista properties requiring 74 percent less heating per square metre, compared to the average UK home. Homebuyers will not only feel these benefits in terms of more comfortable and healthier homes, but will delight in the fact that they save around £310 off their annual energy bills.

Morris Homes has demonstrated how sustainable developments, often perceived to be expensive, are now a real alternative for all developers, with two bedroom properties at the Vista site starting from just £139,000.

The Eurocell Eurologik triple glazed windows were specified in a grey woodgrain finish to compliment the contemporary style of the two and three bedroom properties. They feature Eurocell 100 percent post-consumer recycled PVC-U Thermal Inserts, which enable lower U-values and higher Energy Index Ratings to be achieved.
Simon Bingham, Contract Manager at Ford Windows, said: “The Eurocell windows in grey created exactly the right contemporary appeal for Morris Homes. The specifiers particularly liked the slim profile of the frames because it lets in the maximum amount of natural daylight and that means the homebuyers don’t even notice that they have been specified to achieve zero-carbon.”

The Cavalok cavity closer system is the UK’s only BBA-approved 100 per cent post-consumer recycled PVC-U cavity closer. The range offers a readymade solution for all levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes, up to Level 6, zero carbon, and higher levels of BREEAM. The range is suitable for cavities from 50mm to 300mm+ and is available in fire rated versions.

Mark Starford, Architect at Barnett North, the appointed practice for Vista, said: “We liked the fact that the windows and cavity closers offered us a ready-made zero-carbon solution as well as demonstrating innovative use of post-consumer recycled PVC-U.”

Eurocell offers a wide range of specially developed zero and low carbon window solutions that help housebuilders meet national targets to reduce UK carbon emissions from homes by 29 percent on 2008 levels ahead of 2020.

Eurocell has developed the largest and most advanced post-consumer PVC-U recycling facility in the UK, which is capable of processing up to 12,000 end-of-life PVC-U window frames per week.