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Sustainability drives aluplast’s system development

Sustainability drives aluplast’s system development

The draft revision of the National Planning Policy Framework has informed the development of aluplast’s PVC-U system offer.

The policy suggests that the Government is willing to empower planning authorities to set new requirements for the sustainability of new homes locally, beyond those required nationally - already evidenced by early-adopter authorities who are setting Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, as the standard for new build.

With the NPPF in the draft revision stage the Green Building Council has also leant its weight to the pressure currently being placed on government. This includes calling for a 19% reduction on the Dwelling Emission Rate (DER) against the current requirements of Part L, in the immediate term. It goes further to argue that all new homes built by 2030 should be zero carbon.

Their slim line Ideal 70 system has been developed to accommodate 24mm to optimum 40mm triple glazed options, easily achieving a WER A+ rating with standard components and A++ with specific profiles and IGUs.

This has also driven the development of the Ideal 4000. The cutting-edge thermally efficient 70mm PVC-U system is defined by a contemporary ‘SquareLine’ profile, achieving a thermally efficient WER A+ rating.

This can also be achieved with aluskin, aluplast’s ‘clip-and-fix’ external aluminium fascia. The product delivers a lower cost aluminium aesthetic with a high thermal performance.

This technology is also employed in the company’s new Lift-and-Slide Patio Door, which is capable of spanning openings of 6.5m X 2.8m with just two sashes, goes a step further to offer U-values as las low as 0.65 W/m2K.

The Ideal 70 is supplied by aluplast in its green ecotech option. The Ideal 4000 is also supplied in this configuration as standard. The ecotech allows the German systems house to bring recycled content back into use, isolating it only in the core web of the product.

It does this through a highly innovative extrusion process which uses pre and post extrusion product and post fabrication waste, plus known source post installation pelletized, PVC-U.

Two compound screw feeds then push recycled and virgin material simultaneously through the profile dye to create the profile while maintaining a distinct separation between the two. This separates and at the same time isolates recycled material away from surface areas of the frame or which perform a structural role, which means that aluplast can guarantee surface and finish quality.

The Building Research Establishment’s Green Guide, gives PVC-U an A+ sustainability rating. PVC-U products also get an average reference service life of 40-years, while research suggests it can be recycled up to 10 times, without losing performance.

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