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Does triple glazing make sense?

If you’re keen to boost your home’s thermal performance, upping the spec of your fenestration to incorporate triple glazed windows might seem like a smart choice – but will the greater outlay deliver the results you want? Rebecca Foster investigates
Idealcombi’s Futura+ and Futura+I triple glazed windows and sliding doors have been specified for this new build Passivhaus, designed by Gresford Architects.

With the price gap between double and triple glazed windows falling, the debate as to which option represents the best investment for your self-build or renovation project continues. While the former work by trapping a layer of air between two panes of glass to provide extra insulation, the latter feature a third sheet that forms an additional thermal barrier. As such, fitting triple-glazed fenestration can help to improve your home’s thermal performance by reducing heat loss.

But there are plenty of elements to account for before taking the plunge, from ventilation to structural factors. So what are the key issues to bear in mind when weighing up whether or not triple glazing makes sense for your scheme?

Boosting thermal performance

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The August edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A stunning self-build on a countryside plot (page 20) • 10 way to maximise light and space (page 62) • 7 lightweight cladding options (page 67) • Find out whether triple glazing makes sense (page 79) • How to rewire a period property (page 119) • Discover how to find land with real potential (page 123) … and more!