Planners Look Again At Windows Policy

PLANNERS have been forced into a rethink on proposals to stop owners of listed buildings installing double glazing.

Councillors sent the proposals away for a rethink at Monday’s meeting of Scottish Borders Council planning and building standards committee after a last-minute intervention from a Galashiels glazing company.

The proposals had suggested that owners of listed buildings or prominent buildings in conservation areas should only be allowed to install single-glazed windows because double-glazed replacements needed wider wooden bars and so would not have the same dimensions and appearance of the originals.

However, the owners of Mitchell Glass, Susan and Peter Roden, lobbied councillors to change the plan because they said it was now possible to create double-glazed windows which looked exactly the same as the older, single-glazed originals.

Susan said the proposed prohibition was a nonsense in these days of environmental awareness and energy efficiency.

She commented: “It was totally against what we are doing just now – we are trying to get energy efficient windows. Windows will soon be rated like fridges and other appliances for energy efficiency, and we are working at the moment to increase the insulation of windows. It went totally against the grain to say if it’s a historic building it’s exempt.”

She said husband Peter, who is the company’s managing director, had worked closely with experts to develop authentic-looking windows which included double glazing, adding: “We know that you can do the windows that can tick all the boxes – we like to make the houses look nice. We have spent a lot of time with Historic Scotland trying to get the dimensions right.”

By Staff Copy

600450 Planners Look Again At Windows Policy glassonweb.com
Date: 15 December 2007
Source: The Southern Reporter

See more news about:

See more from these topics:

Others also read

Due to the structural properties and mortise and tenon design of Acurlite’s system, the skylight framing members were assembled on the ground and craned into location.
TruFrame's Liniar Refine Flush Sash windows are based on traditional timber window styles with 21st-century features and benefits.
Abundant glass brightens the 70,000 sf facility.
New Generation for Economical Manufacturing of Insulating Glass
The collaboration with Raynergy Tek supports the company’s pursuit of high-volume production, increased power output, and enhanced transparency of SolarWindow™ products for tall towers and skyscrapers.
Insulating glass was considered an important element of the sustainable design of the shopping mall and its integration into the urban landscape.

From industry

Polígono Industrial El Bayo, parcela I, 19
24492 Cubillos del Sil León
Spain

NEWS RELATED PRODUCTS

Add new comment