The reduction of energy consumption and the avoidance of energy expenditure is one of the key objectives existing within the European Union. That is why the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Institute for Diversification and Energy Savings (IDAE) has launched the PREE programmes for the Energy Rehabilitation of Buildings.
The objective? To assist homeowners’ associations and individuals to improve the conditions of their homes to make these more sustainable, thereby reducing consumption of fossil energy sources and polluting gas emissions, and therefore increasing the quality of life and health of their owners.
The replacement of windows with others which improve the energy efficiency of the home is one of the eligible measures.
“Energy consumption in residential and commercial buildings accounts for approximately 40% of total final energy consumption and 36% of total CO2 emissions in the European Union.”
Maintaining measures intended at promoting the use of energy efficient appliances and elements is essential. In this fashion, contributing to the compliance of reduction of energy consumption.
For further information on the Ministry’s subsidies and grants please visit the IDAE’s official website at this link. Applications can be submitted until 31 July 2021.
These grants may be requested by natural or legal persons of a public or private nature, owners of existing buildings, homeowners’ associations, collective group owners, company operators, lessees or concessionaires of buildings, energy service companies (ESCOs), or energy service providers, local entities, renewable energy communities, citizen energy communities and city councils, provincial councils or local entities.
Changing windows, the action which reduces household energy consumption by as much as 50%
An effective way to save on the electricity bill and, therefore, reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions into the atmosphere is the renovation of household windows.
The insulation capacity of windows and glazed doors is one of the key points when it comes to having an energy efficient home.
And what parameters are specifically studied in the windows to discern whether these can help us to save and be more sustainable? Well then, parameters such as air permeability, the thermal transmission coefficient of the glass, the solar factor, the thermal transmission coefficient of the frame and the frame percentage.
Taking into consideration all these items, windows and doors are manufactured which contribute to the improvement of housing conditions, increasing the quality of life and health of the owners.
Aluminium frame and Thermal Bridge Breakage Windows. TBB
Aluminium is the option that, from Extrual, which is seen as more advisable when considering changing household windows for many reasons, including its thermal insulation capacity, which improves considerably thanks to the application of the Thermal Bridge Breakage.
The insulation capacity of a window is conditioned by both the glass and the frame. Furthermore, the air permeability must be taken into account, another factor which sheds light about the air infiltration of the structure. Aluminium windows with TBB have very low transmittances and do not lose their waterproof capacity.
“TBB consists of inserting a low conductive material between the external and internal sides of the aluminium window frame.”
TBB in aluminium profiles is obtained by inserting polyamide insulating rods, reinforced with 25% fiberglass. This creates a continuous insulating barrier which prevents heat transmission.
Other reasons to choose aluminium frame windows
Acoustic comfort, aesthetics, finishes and security are also other factors to take into account when looking for the window which best meets our needs.
Aluminium finishes, whether lacquered or anodised, are the most durable. Aluminium is also a fire resistant material, which makes it an extra security element. Furthermore, aluminium is the more durable material and that which offers greater dimensional capacities, being ideal for our windows look exactly as desired.
Another of its advantages is that it is a 100% recyclable material with a circular life cycle. This means that once extracted from nature, it can always remelted and new windows can be made without harming the environment again.
The grants for energy saving and efficiency have therefore become a key element to foster energy savings and social awareness of the need to reduce polluting gas emissions and efficient energy use.
From Extrual we encourage people to become aware of the importance of choosing the right materials for one’s home to therefore contribute to a more sustainable world and one which is more attuned to nature.