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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2020
    Posted By: fostertomI was trying to remember a make that's significantly different from all the rest - Whiteline it is.

    I've no idea about the product or the company but my hackles rise when they start to use meaningless phrases like "Passivhaus Compliant". I can't see any "Plat..." or "White..." windows in the PHI component database so I would ask them exactly what they are claiming by using that phrase and ask them to prove it. Then I'd think about the ASA or Trading Standards :devil:

    Their glazing makeup is also a bit unusual:

    our triple glazing uses some additional components.

    Standard float glass first pane
    Argon gas-filled cavities
    Low-E toughened glass second and third pane

    I think that construction will breach building regs anywhere that toughened glass is required. Incidentally, the brochure only mentions one toughened pane. I'd rather see them quote the actual glass manufacturer and product names.
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2020
    I think it was the multi-chamber design, which as well as better frame insulation, if I remember confers much rigidity so less or no steel reinforcement needed. Also the look of it? Anyway, check it out for yourself - you wouldn't go by my vague pennyworth, fwiw, from the past.
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2020
    @djh as I recall, I was offered the windows with a PH cert, but also told that I could have exactly the same thing cheaper if I didn't need the cert. Since nothing else in the house is certifiable other than me, that seemed sensible.

    Also, the folks who specced the windows and issued the (Part F?) cert made sure that we were fully regs compliant re what was toughened or not, etc. I was moderately conservative but avoided some extra expense where regs didn't require it and we decided that practical risk was low.


    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2020
    Posted By: DamonHDalso told that I could have exactly the same thing cheaper if I didn't need the cert

    How would that work then? Exactly what does the supplier gain by not providing a certificate?

    Note that I'm not claiming there's anything wrong, just saying that the website content means I would want to be extremely sure of the facts before doing any business with them.
    Posted By: djhHow would that work then? Exactly what does the supplier gain by not providing a certificate?

    Nothing - but if you want a cert. then you get an expensive bit of paper.

    A bit like jacking the price up because you are doing the works in conjunction with gov. support
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