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Windows & energy efficiency

From the type of glazing to frame materials, Rebecca Foster outlines the key factors to consider when selecting your home’s fenestration
Wood is a natural insulator, so is often specified as a frame material in projects where energy efficiency is a high priority. These units were supplied by Internorm

Whether you’re self-building or renovating, creating a sun-soaked home that’s bathed in natural light is likely to be somewhere close to the top of your project priority list.

As well as playing a huge role in establishing the overall character and aesthetic of your dwelling, windows are an important part of the structural fabric. While broad swathes of glass can create a stunning design feature, it’s essential to specify energy efficient fenestration to ensure that you aren’t losing too much heat via the shell of your new home.

The basics

There are plenty of advantages to investing in highly efficient fenestration, from creating a comfortable internal environment to cutting your energy bills. “An airtight arrangement also offers improved acoustic insulation”, says Ryan Breslin, managing director at Cherwell.

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Build It is the UK's most practical magazine for self builders and renovators looking to create their dream home. Here's a sneak peak at what's inside this issue: - Vote for Britain's best home of 2018 - Energy saving windows - How to build your own home for under £200k - Getting the most from your builder - Smart kitchen tech - Front door cost guide ... and more!