You may have heard of something called ChatGPT over the last few weeks. ChatGPT is an AI text platform that is both fascinating people and terrifying copywriters in equal measure. It is a product of OpenAI, a tech company which has attracted interest from all parts of the tech sector and beyond.

People have been using ChatGPT to ask it questions, create essays and more. So, naturally, I logged in to ask it some questions about our industry. If only to satisfy my own curiosity and to see how advanced the language and text of this AI really were. You will be seriously impressed, or worried, by the answers to my fairly basic questions.

Q: What is fenestration?

ChatGPT: Fenestration refers to the design and placement of windows, doors, and skylights in a building. It is the practice of designing and arranging openings in a building’s envelope, including both natural and artificial light, to control the flow of light, heat, and air into a structure.

Q: What is a composite door?

ChatGPT: A composite door is a type of door made from a combination of materials, typically a combination of PVC, wood and insulating foam. These materials are compressed together to create a door that is strong, energy-efficient, and low maintenance. Composite doors are known for their durability, and security and are often used as a front or back door for residential properties. They are also resistant to warping, rotting, and fading compared to traditional wooden doors.

Q: What is a trickle vent?

ChatGPT: A trickle vent is a small, adjustable opening in a window or door that allows for a controlled flow of fresh air into a building, while still maintaining energy efficiency and security. They are often used to improve indoor air quality and to comply with building codes that require a certain amount of fresh air in buildings. Trickle vents are typically located at the top or bottom of a window or door, and they can be opened or closed to control the amount of air entering the building. They can be manual or automatic, and are often used in conjunction with mechanical ventilation systems.

Q: What is the best window?

ChatGPT: It depends on what you are trying to achieve. Different types of windows have different properties that make them more or less suitable for different applications. For example, double-paned windows are energy efficient and can help reduce heating and cooling costs, while bay windows can provide additional space and natural light in a room. Ultimately, the best window for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences.

Q: How big is the UK fenestration industry?

ChatGPT: The fenestration industry in the United Kingdom is a significant market. According to a report by AMA Research, the UK market for windows, doors, and conservatories was valued at £3.8 billion in 2020, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2% from 2020 to 2024. The industry is highly competitive, with a large number of small to medium-sized enterprises and a few large manufacturers. The market is driven by factors such as new construction, replacement and renovation, and increasing focus on energy efficiency.

Q: What are window energy ratings?

ChatGPT: Window energy ratings are a measure of a window’s thermal performance, or its ability to keep heat inside or outside of a building. The rating is typically represented by a number on a scale, such as the U-factor or the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). A lower number on the scale typically indicates better thermal performance. The ratings are established by testing and evaluating the window’s design and construction materials to determine its ability to insulate and prevent heat loss or gain. These ratings are used by building professionals, architects, and homeowners to select energy-efficient windows that can help to lower energy costs and improve comfort in a building.

Firstly, look at the quality of the language that is used. It’s no wonder that Universities are worried about plagiarism. It’s very high quality considering that all of the above is AI-generated. And this is where it becomes easier to see that there is a real possibility where that line between AI and original human content becomes blurred.

Second, the detail is spectacular considering it has been generated by a program. Not that it goes into any specific scientific detail, but the depth of the explanations given to the answers I think is impressive.

Finally, yes I do think this could become a threat to copywriters. As the software becomes more advanced, and when factual pieces are required, AI like this could be used with a pretty successful accuracy and detail level. Opinion pieces will be different, as that is something very human and subjective. So I think I’m safe for now! But I can easily see how people from all walks of life will find software like this useful.

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