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What is a u value?


The U-value (or U-factor), more correctly called the overall heat transfer coefficient, describes how well a building element conducts heat (in our case the frames and glass of our doors and windows). It measures the rate of heat transfer through a building element over a given area, under standardized conditions. A smaller U-value is better at reducing heat transfer. To comply with building regulations on a new build a window must achieve a U value of 2.0 W/m2K and in an extension or alteration 1.6 W/m2K. A door has to achieve a U value of 2.0 W/m2K in a new build and 1.8 W/m2K in an extension or alteration. The only other way to pass building regulations for insulating for a window only (does not apply to doors) is to have a BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council) energy rating of A-C.


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