Pilkington Builds An Eco Future In Islington

Date: 6 August 2009
Source: Pilkington
Brand new energy-efficient glazing Pilkington energiKare™ Legacy has featured in a pioneering refurbishment of a London council property in Islington.

The refurbishment aims to cut household bills by 50 per cent and reduce carbon emissions by 70 per cent through the application of sustainable products and techniques.
Pilkington energiKare™ Legacy was recently launched in the UK to provide an energy-efficient solution for older traditional properties, or where a slim line insulating glass unit is required to improve aesthetics. Various new energy-efficient products and methods, such as Pilkington energiKare™ Legacy, innovative insulation and a ‘Value Carbon’ assessment have been applied to show that older properties can be brought up to standard with new sustainable regulations.
The ‘Value Carbon’ assessment is a method of eco-assessment developed by contractors United House that measures carbon saved against money spent. Pilkington energiKare™ Legacy was specified as the appropriate glazing option as it provides considerably improved thermal performance when replacing single glazing, and performs well under this assessment. Using two panes of glass separated by a gap of 0.2mm (compared to a 20mm gap in traditional double glazing), its total thickness of 6mm is enough to provide an aesthetically pleasing glazing solution and an effective carbon saving technique.
The use of thermal imaging highlights the vast reduction in heat loss achieved by installing Pilkington energiKare™ Legacy in this home. You can clearly see the difference that Pilkington energiKare™ Legacy makes, with the ‘before’ image showing a much greater heat loss through the windows when compared to the rest of the structure, and the ‘after’ photo showing how Pilkington energiKare™ Legacy reduces the heat loss through the windows to similar levels as the rest of the structure.
Jeffrey Adams, Chief Executive of the United House Group, said: “Windows are one part of a building that can have a huge impact on sustainability and energy loss. We specified Pilkington energiKare™ Legacy for this project as it is an unrivalled glazing product, which contributes to the building’s overall energy performance whilst blending seamlessly into the external design.” 
For more information visit www.pilkington.co.uk/energikare 

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