Wrekin Windows on Display at Manchester Eco-House

Published: 21st July 2011

Wrekin Windows on Display at Manchester Eco-House

Wrekin Windows, the specialist supplier of low maintenance PVC-U windows to the social housing sector, has a new range of sustainable windows and doors on display in Manchester’s pioneering eco-house project.

The eco-home project in Penzance Street, Manchester, features two terraced properties from the 1900s that Manchester City Council knocked together, re-developed and brought up to the standards of a new-build eco house, meeting BRE Ecohomes criteria.

The properties were in a poor state of disrepair and had “hard to heat”: solid wall construction, typical of the period but the work led to the property achieving a “Very Good” EcoHomes rating for this type of home.

Wrekin Windows’ latest window range is fabricated from RECO22, an innovative 100 per cent recycled window system, which achieves an ‘A+’ rating in the BRE Green Guide.

The double doors installed in the eco-house also feature a doorframe fabricated from Reco22,, which has an aesthetically appealing white woodgrain effect finish to complement the door leaf.

The eco-house was designed to showcase the concept of energy efficiency in a practical ‘hands on’ environment. Wrekin Windows had previously been involved in projects at Liverton Court, with Manchester Working and Northwards Housing, and the Manchester team were impressed with the Reco22 concept.

Available in a triple-glazed bead and featuring a centre pane u-value of as low as 0.8W/m2k, Wrekin Windows’ RECO22 windows and doors range delivers significant in-life energy and CO2 savings.

The Manchester eco house in Miles Platting showcases simple, everyday examples of how residents can reduce their energy consumption, with products ranging from low-energy light bulbs to solar-powered hot water and the improved insulation values and recycled content in the Wrekin Windows product range fit perfectly into this environment.

The Manchester eco house has also joined the ‘Old Home Superhome’ project – a national network of homes that are open to the public to show great examples of energy-efficient measures in action.

As a result of the refurbishment work, the Manchester City Council Energy Group calculated that both energy costs and CO2 emissions were cut substantially. In the case of Number 28, the carbon emissions fell from 5.2 to an estimated 2.2 tonnes per annum and the estimated fuel cost fell by over 50%.

John Williams, Sales and Marketing Manager at Wrekin Windows, commented:

“The new RECO22 window range together with our commitment to a sustainable environment fits perfectly with the ideals of the eco-home in Manchester. We were delighted to work with the local teams and the City Council Energy Group to help drive forward the use of environmentally friendly products and services at a community level.”

Part of the Epwin Group, an independent British business with substantial manufacturing and processing plants in the UK, Wrekin Windows holds a full suite of accreditations and operates a stringent quality management system to ensure all products comply with industry standards and building regulations.

For further information on the full range of products from Wrekin Windows, call 01952 205000, email info@wrekin-windows.co.uk or visit www.wrekin-windows.co.uk.

To visit the eco house or to find out more information, please email energy_team@manchester.gov.uk or telephone Diana Clayton on 0161 234 5312.

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