From the moment it was announced, opinions regarding the launch of Everest triple glazing was divided. Enthusiasts pointed to our Scandinavian counterparts who have installed such windows as standard for a number of years and said “It’s about time!” whereas sceptics asked the perfectly legitimate question “Do we need it?”
Everest’s answer to this has always been the same. Do people need triple glazing? Probably not – but then people didn’t need double glazing.
When Everest created double glazing their work didn’t stop there. Instead, they ran continuous tests so they could continue to develop their product, safe in the knowledge that even the slightest improvements could reap great social benefits. It is this exact ethos that saw them recognised at this year’s IPA Effectiveness Awards, where they earned Silver for their relentless pursuit of making small 1% improvements that took them closer to greater overall products and performance. In many ways.
So if you don’t actually need triple glazing, why would you go and buy it?
Well, for a start, it reduces noise pollution more than double or single glazing, which might be hugely important for people living in the city. It is harder to break than double or single glazing, which offers great peace of mind to any homeowner. However, it is the energy saving aspect that Everest is most excited about.
“At Everest, we didn’t just want to throw in an extra pane of glass and call it triple glazing. We really took time to map out what the extra pane could represent, and for us, it was a safer, quieter, warmer future where we could also contribute to the environment. This is something we always want to be conscious of,” said an Everest spokesman.
The extra insulation generated between the second and third pane combine with the strategic placement of Low-E Glass to keep an optimum amount of heat inside the home, giving homeowners a real opportunity to save money on heat and electric bills.
Another factor is that, over the coming years, we could see more government incentives for “greener” homes. Shaun Spiers, chief executive, Campaign to Protect Rural England, comments: “Our supporters care deeply about the local and the global environment. We want to see party manifestos which show that politicians share our concerns and will introduce policies to tackle our major environmental challenges.”
The UK’s leading environmental groups, including the Campaign to Protect Rural England, National Trust, WWF, RSPB, Greenpeace, The Wildlife Trusts and Friends of the Earth, recently called for all political parties to commit to a greener Britain by 2020 by pledging seven major priorities at the next election to reform the way we use energy, build communities and protect nature. If accepted, goal five of greener Britain’s seven goal proposal is as follows:
Accelerate household energy saving
• Set a stretch target for improving home energy performance
• Put local authorities at the heart of energy saving delivery
• Improve incentives for energy saving
Aligning with greener Britain’s proposal, triple glazing may well become another product that becomes standard in British homes by 2020.
When it comes to the quality of triple glazing windows within the UK, Everest’s WER Rating is particularly impressive. Other window companies have been certified A0 – A2, but Everest earned far superior rating of A+12.
So, is triple glazing a modern necessity or a marketing fad? It’s neither – it’s simply the best window product available for your home.