With our market-leading timber sash and casement window renovation service, we at Ventrolla are committed to environmentally sustainable solutions, focused on repairing and upgrading existing window materials.
Green Issues, such as climate change, are the most critical challenges of our time. Individuals and companies alike have a responsibility to assess what can be done to minimise our impact on the environment.
We have carried out extensive research into the impact we have on the environment compared to replacement alternatives.
The obvious benefits of renovating vs. replacement are:
- Existing materials are re-utilised wherever possible
- Minimum waste is sent to landfill
- Renovation costs 1/40th of the energy of a replacement window.
The main green issue is the energy cost of complete replacement vs. the renovation of existing materials.
Research conducted by RICS’ Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) formed part of RICS’ response to the Government's UK Housing Green Paper, which gives the facts stated below regarding replacement uPVC windows:
“Payback times for Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) energy improvements, on an average three bedroom terraced house, range from 5 years for cavity wall insulation, to 208 years for solar heating.
Alarmingly, the next most viable energy improvement is loft insulation which will take homeowners 13 years before they begin to notice any real cost savings.
On average people spend 16 years living in one property, which makes the EPC energy saving measures financially unattractive options for over half of all homeowners.
Other common energy saving measures include double glazing (124 years pay back), boiler replacement (38 years pay back), and under-floor insulation (61 years pay back)”.
The clear message is that if we are to advise customers of such energy saving measures, we must all be aware of where the facts and figures derive from and therefore what their agenda is.