If you haven’t heard of the Triple Glazing Debate by now, you must have been living under a rock for most of the year, or drank so much beer at Fensterbau you can’t even remember how you got there! Well it’s only 10 days away now and it seems that a decent number of us are going. A good attendance is one thing, but in order for the debate to go down as a success, people need to be leaving the debate at the end of the day with answers to their questions.
At the moment, one of the biggest gripes and frustrations with a lot of people is that a lot of basic questions are not being answered with facts by any of the major companies involved with triple glazing. People still struggle to get around the fact that triple glazing gives you lower U-Values but lesser window energy ratings. The claims made about extra noise reduction still have not been proved by concrete facts and more doubt remains over the viability of the hardware still. I do think that a lot of installers are waiting to find out if triple glazing is actually going to go anywhere before fully committing to selling it. From my own personal view point, I do want to see what actual facts emerge from the debate. We do have a triple glazed option, but we neither get asked for it, nor do we push it in front of the client.
And this is where the success of this event is going to lie. Opinions are great, and I’m sure the range of guest speakers at the event are going to share some very valid opinions. But in all honesty, opinions on triple glazing can be found in a ton of places online already. This isn’t anything new. People going to this event are going to want to be presented with facts and figures, so they can decide whether triple glazing has a future and if it is worth spending the time adding it to their sales portfolios or not. But believe me on this one, if companies cannot provide solid figure which back up their claims of reduced noise and better energy efficiency, the crowd at the debate will turn off and the energy behind it will go.
This probably is the industry’s best and only chance to prove that triple glazing has it’s place in the wider fenestration industry. Despite the name of the event having “debate” in it, this is far more than just a debate. This is the industry’s attempt to give triple glazing a desperately needed shot in the arm it needs. Millions of pounds have been invested in this product. If it fails, it could be quite devastating for some businesses.
So, to all those speaking and exhibiting at the event, this is my tip: provide us with solid facts, figures and proof which back up all the claims of noise reduction and better energy efficiency. If you don’t, this will be a vital opportunity wasted.
Never mind noise and energy efficiency !
Think about 2 pieces of low e glass the end user always wants perfection or money off !!
It’s impossible to make triple to perfection !
I’ve seen window companies trying triple for free !!
And 3 outa 4 have stopped these are well established Profitable companies to
Not like our friends on TV
Well said, I agree with everything that you have said (always a first time!!) I am going with an open mind but also one that has looked at triple glazing over the last voile of years and not actively promoted it! I need to be convinced too.
Triple Glazing is not the drug of my choice for Industry recovery!!! How many speakers will stand up and admit to the fact that 98% (rough guess!!) of homes in this country do not “NEED” triple glazing? None would be my estimate. The sheet glass manufacturers want to sell more glass, the spacer bar manufacturers want to sell more bar lengths. The big Retail Companies want to use it as a lead generative offer to prevent total consumer boredom with the continuous 50% discounts The Systems companies would like to see some return on their tooling investment. The poor old… Read more »
I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. The whole intention of the Triple Glazing Question was never to debate the rights and wrongs but to discuss factual information and answers to prominent questions from the industry. The one day event won’t be able to offer answers to all the questions out there. The Triple Glazing Question will certainly raise even more questions and the discussion will of course continue well past the 10 April. But the main thing is that it starts the discussion and gives people factual information that they can take away and use to make… Read more »
Personally I think it is ridiculous to even consider triple glazing at the moment , you cant even believe the crap the GGF /BFRC spout on about double glazing yet , facts you want , you cant even get the GGF to tell you the truth about how double glazing works . before you forget , A rated frames are ‘calculated’ to provide more heat to your house in the UK heating season than they lose , absolute bollocks , yet it is promoted everywhere you look . And you trust these people to offer facts about anything? I believe… Read more »