UK: New double glazing regulations

From April this year there are new regulations coming into force regarding double glazing installations in the UK. The Glass and Glazing Federation call these regulations FENSA. They mean that unless …

From April this year there are new regulations coming into force regarding double glazing installations in the UK. The Glass and Glazing Federation call these regulations FENSA. They mean that unless a company is registered to self certify its own work it will have to have the work inspected by Local Authority Building Control. With the annual rate of replacement window installations running at approximately 1.2 million, inspections of each installation would cause major problems and delays. However, the good news is that reputable companies will apply to join FENSA and will have to adhere to certain criteria to become members. This criteria includes commitment to comply with building regulations, evidence of general competence and commitment to fair trading, also a willingness to offer insurance-backed guarantees. The government has brought these regulation into being mainly to reduce heat loss and to conform to more stringent energy efficiency targets. Glass products will now be expected to have lower heat loss.