ChatterBank3 mins ago
Avoiding double glazing
Is there any way of getting round these horrible new building regulations that all replacement windows have to be double-glazed? Even PVC one are really expensive and rarely last more than five years before the seal breaks. I don't know what the Government was thinking of because the heating money saved by double-glazing cannot be greater than the cost of having to keep replacing your windows. Most heat goes out through walls, doors and the roofs anyway: it's a simple question of square footage. And then once you've installed these idiotic sealed double-glazed windows, you have to install trickle vents to let cold fresh air into the house again, to reduce condensation! It's madness!
Also ,does anyone agree with me that double-glazed units, even in wood, look horrid? They are so fat and inelegant. PVC to my eyes is just disgusting, whereas a well-sealed and balanced single-glazed sash window is a beautiful thing and more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly in the long term.
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The building regs do not say you have to have double glazing.
They say that they have to meet certain insulation targets.
Certain glasses meet these without double glazing see here