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.
A+12 Can be achieved double glazed…… Nothing revolutionary here
“it reduces noise pollution more than double or single glazing”. Another meaningless and evidence lacking load of the same old trot. Lets have some actual comparison specifications and figures to back that claim up, Everest. You know, actual numbers, not words like “more” or “significant”.
To be honest DGB , I pop in regularly to see what you have to say , but it is becoming a lot less of a blog and more of a sycophantic mouthpiece for those that give you money , I can read press releases all day in the free mags that keep filling the office bins , but to offer a bit of perspective I would like to see a lot less PR and a bit more gut reaction. I am sure this costs money , my hobbies do , and by all means put ads on the site… Read more »
As somebody that works for Everest, I get to see and hear everything that happens at Head Office. Every day, I witness a workforce that starts the day by asking how they can continue to support the changes the company are making. The company are evolving and they started the process by making some very big decisions. Of course, it takes a little time for every change to be seen from afar, but Double Glazing Blogger – having often been critical of the company – now understands what everybody here is trying to do. I can talk without bias because… Read more »
In reply to Jody’s comment A+12 is quoted in original blog by Everest, are you saying your man is quoting wrong figure ? We will shortly have a certified Triple glazed window in our name with full steel reinforcing achieving A +11 would could reduce steel and get A +14 or have no steel and get A +19. It is better to have the steel as the window will last longer than windows without steel. Therefore anyone can offer a higher rated window but does not mean it is a better product. Optiphon is better for noise reduction than triple… Read more »
Please allow me a little chuckle to myself on this
Any comments relating to A+ anything, really doesn’t relate to facts, it relates to the WER scheme and there are very few facts in there , just sales words , can you pick out the irony in that !
Really nice article
But I think people need more specific numbers in home energy performance of triple glazing windows