Upgrading Window Installations With Uprated Trickle Vents

Ahead of the ongoing consultation around changes to Part F of the Building Regs in England and Wales governing ventilation, The Window Company (Contracts) has begun upgrading its installations with uprated trickle vent solutions.

The award-winning commercial window and door specialist has switched to the new generation of 5000mm2 trickle vents for all of the windows it now installs, so that it can easily comply with the draft recommendations in the consultation document which are likely to come into force in June.

The consultation has set out plans for new build homes so that they can reach the proposed Future Homes Standard by 2025, as well as increasing the energy efficiency of all new homes from 2020. It requires a minimum equivalent area of background ventilation for houses of 10,000mm2 in habitable rooms and 5,000mm2 in kitchens and bathrooms. For flats and bungalows, the minimum requirement is 12,000mm2 in habitable rooms, 8,000mm2 in kitchens and 5,000mm2 in bathrooms.

In response, The Window Company (Contracts) has taken advice from its trickle vent supplier Glazpart to ensure that it is only fitting 5,000mm2 units or multiples thereof on all new build and replacement window projects from now on. (Previously, 2500mm2 and 4000mm2 have been the default option.)

Chair of the company David Thornton explained the move: “We very much support the changes proposed in the document which, alongside the tightening of the U-Value targets within Part L of the Building Regs, are designed to improve the thermal performance of new build properties.

“These changes are potentially only a few weeks away though and, even before the Covid-19 lockdown, we didn’t think there had been adequate communication around the implications. There is certainly very limited awareness amongst the majority of our customers in the new build sector and with so many other issues to deal with now, I hope it’s reassuring for them to know that we are taking steps on their behalf to ensure that all of our installations will be fully compliant.”

The Window Company (Contracts)’ own team fit Glazpart trickle vents in all of the windows it supplies and offers colour matched options for timber, aluminium and PVC-U frames.

David Thornton adds: “We are in close consultation with the likes of Glazpart and the GGF who have responded to the consultation to ensure that we stay fully informed on the very latest regulations and what they mean for our customers. There is a further consultation to come on existing homes as well, and we will of course be taking any further action necessary.”

As well as complying with the Future Homes Standard, the 5,000mm vents are a straightforward solution for the social housing landlords the company works with because they satisfy the requirements of the 2018 Human Habitation Act for adequate ventilation to eliminate mould growth.

Further information is available at: www.thewinco.co.uk