Scrappage Scheme For Windows Earns Wide Industry Backing
on: January 14, 2010, 6:43 am
Boiler replacement grant scheme up and running – campaigners
hope plan to encourage installation of latest, energy-efficient double
glazing will be next.
More than 3,450 people have signed a petition calling on the government to introduce
a double glazing scrappage scheme, just
as the first applications are coming in from householders looking to take advantage
of a similar incentive to improve the energy efficiency of UK homes.
The government’s boiler scrappage scheme was launched in early January, promising to
save up to 125,000 eligible households £400 on the cost of replacing an old boiler
with a more modern, fuel-efficient equivalent.
Now, support is growing for a similar scheme for double glazed windows, with a
petition on the 10 Downing Street website attracting 3,450 signatures, as at Monday
And home improvement price comparison website LocalQuoter has backed this idea,
believing that it will encourage window installers and manufacturers to step up to
the challenge of addressing the environmental impacts of their work.
“We fully support any scheme which will help people reduce their CO2 emissions,”
said LocalQuoter boss Les Yates, “and we’re sure our customers will too.
“We’ve already shown them the benefits of using local, suitably qualified and
experienced tradespeople, and we welcome any moves to encourage our trusted industry
partners to show a commitment to cutting the environmental impact of their work.
“Having state-of-the-art windows and doors installed is proven to help achieve
substantial reductions in CO2, and can play a major part in helping the UK achieve
the drastic emissions cuts which we are looking to achieve over the next decade,” he
The government has committed to cutting the amount of greenhouse gases, of which
CO2, or carbon dioxide is the most common, by 70 per cent in the UK by the year
Installing modern windows can help maximise savings on energy bills over many years,
according to Nigel Rees, Chief Executive of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF),
the umbrella body representing double glazing manufacturers and installers.
“Energy Efficient Windows (EEWs) have a huge role to play in improving the thermal
performance of the existing housing stock,”, said Nigel Rees. “EEWs can reduce
emissions by 10% from dwellings nationally and reduce national domestic energy
expenditure by 10%. “
Mr Rees also argues that a window replacement scheme would help raise standards
across the industry: “The GGF strongly believes that the proposals to incentivise
the professional installation of new energy efficient windows are the only logical
way forward,” he said.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is the primary trade association for
companies that make, supply or fit flat glass and related products representing more
than 60% of the industry’s turnover.
LocalQuoter.net compares many home improvements including cheap double glazing.
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