Q. What are PVC-U Thermal Inserts?
A. PVC-U Thermal Inserts are multi-chambered recycled PVC-U profiles fitted within the window profile to improve thermal performance and rigidity.
Q. Have PVC-U Thermal Inserts been performance tested?
A. Yes. Thermal Inserts used by Tricept have undergone rigorous testing – culminating in the full BBA (British Board of Agrement) certification, which means windows using UPVC Thermal Inserts meet the required technical standards for the operation and strength of manually operated double glazed replacement windows, whilst adding superb thermal advantages.
Q. Are PVC-U Thermal Inserts used in all windows?
A. PVC-U Thermal Inserts can be used in all non structured windows. They have been tested for use in side hung casement sashes up to a maximum of 1500mm high and 750mm wide and a maximum of 1200mm high and 1350mm wide in top hung casements. This is a significant increase over the previous maximum possible without the use of traditional reinforcements. Thermal Inserts are not used for structural installations such as load bearing bays and conservatories.
Q. How do PVC-U Thermal Inserts benefit my home?
A. They offer lower U-values and Higher Energy Index Ratings that are far greater than upvc windows fitted with metal reinforcements such as steel and aluminium. This ultimately means that you will be using less heat to warm your home, resulting in lower energy bills and a more energy efficient home.
Q. How do PVC-U Thermal Inserts benefit the environment?
A. There are several benefits of Thermal Inserts:
1) PVC-U Thermal Inserts are made from 100% recycled PVC-U, which means they are more environmentally friendly than traditional alternatives and create a 100% completely recyclable window.
2) Thermal Inserts increase the thermal efficiency of all PVC-U windows.
3) The average home fitted with Energy Efficient Windows can save an average 1.55 tonnes of CO2 emissions and 0.42 tonne of carbon saving per year.
Q. How effective are PVC-U Thermal Inserts?
A. Very. In fact, by using the Tricept profile system with PVC-U Thermal inserts, we are now able to offer you the most thermally efficient double glazed PVC-U window on the market! This not only far exceeds current Building Regulations, but betters proposed legislation for 2013 and beyond – giving our customers maximum thermal performance on both new build and replacement projects.