GRP composite means comfort

GRP composite means comfort

Although a common European standard for energy labelling of windows is not yet a reality, European window manufacturers are preparing themselves for tougher, new regulations and looking for innovative solutions that will mean savings on domestic heating bills.

An international energy classification system for windows has long been on the European wish list. When doing home improvements, consumers should be able to ask for an Energy Class A window in the same way as when they shop for a new refrigerator. Establishing such a classification system has proven difficult, however, because different climatic conditions in the different countries have made it hard to arrive at a common European standard.

In the meantime, Germany is awaiting the introduction of ENEV 2012, a new energy saving regulation which is expected to lead to even stiffer energy requirements for windows and doors. In the rest of Europe too there is increasing focus on how to comply with future building regulations.

Heat, cold and GRP composite
All this means that we at Fiberline are experiencing growing demand for window frame and window sill solutions based on GRP composite. This interest is due not least to the unique insulating properties of the composite material because whether the purpose is to keep heat in or cold out, GRP composite profiles from Fiberline provide the perfect answer. Fiberline’s Product Manager Kristian Koldtoft explains:

“The thermal properties of GRP composite are second to none. As a result, unique U-values can be achieved without compromising on aesthetics. On the contrary, with GRP composite, window frames can be made ultra-slim, and this gives three key benefits. First, it enables modern design, which is an important consideration for many customers. Second, it enables a larger area of glass and therefore increased light admission. After all, you mainly buy a window for the light - not for the frame. And third, more glass means more heat and a reduced heating bill.”

Major potential in southern Europe
Globally, more energy is used for cooling than for heating. Just think of all those residential areas in southern Europe where air-conditioning is a standard feature in every house and apartment. Obviously, maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature in this environment requires enormous quantities of energy.

“Customers who choose new windows with GRP composite frames will find that comfortable temperatures are maintained for a longer period of time – without input of energy for heating or cooling purposes. Replacing existing aging windows with new, airtight GRP composite windows therefore offers enormous potential environmental gains. In fact, buildings account for no less than 40% of the total CO2 emission,” says Kristian Koldtoft.

Viewed in that light it is understandable that a number of Europe’s largest and most innovative window manufacturers equate comfort with GRP composite.