Social housing specialist Permadoor is showcasing its A-rated composite doors, some of the first in the industry to achieve the highest Door Energy Ratings (DSERs), at the brand-new, Homes 2012 exhibition, 14/15 November at ExCel, London. The company will also be presenting its popular choice of Eco Options, which further improve a door’s energy performance.
Homes 2012 is a new event for the asset management community and is aimed at everyone involved in repairs and maintenance, retrofitting and sustainability in housing.
Visitors to stand F25, will see the social housing specialist showcasing its range of solid and glazed GRP doorsets, which carry the highest A rating under the DSERs scheme.
Also on display will be Permadoor’s popular choice of Eco Options; a number of specification choices designed to help architects and specifiers improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of housing stock through improved door performance.
DSERs are based on a thermal calculation and air leakage data, and provide an independent measure of a door’s energy efficiency. Performance ratings range from A (most energy efficient) to G (least energy efficient) and follow the same ‘rainbow’ scale commonly used on domestic appliances and by the well-established Window Energy Ratings (WERs) scheme.
Permadoor’s Eco Options include energy efficient glazing, an innovative recycled Reco22 doorframe system and recycled composite reinforcement. The options can be specified individually or in combination to achieve the desired performance criteria.
Visitors to the stand will also be able to view Permadoor’s range of thermoplastic doors, which combine minimal maintenance and high thermal insulation with installation flexibility.
Adrian Sunter, Director of Sales at Permadoor, said: “DSERs are a valuable specification aid for architects and construction professionals, who can use these ratings to evaluate the environmental performance of different door options.
“At Homes 2012, we will be on hand to provide advice, product information and specification guidance for social housing projects.”
As part of the Eco Options, specifiers can choose from Low E glass or warm edge, Low E, 90% Argon filled glazing units, which can deliver an improvement of between 0.1W/M2k and 0.5 W/M2k compared with the standard door glazing specification, depending on the door style and size of the glazed area.
The doorframe can also be fabricated from Reco22, which is the first framing system of its kind made from 100% post-consumer PVC-U waste, fully closing the recycling loop. Reco22 was the first window system to be awarded the Building Research Establishment (BRE) A+ rating for all sectors including domestic housing and is now being used in doorframe manufacture.
The third Eco Option is a choice of frame and door cill options reinforced with recycled composite material (RCM), as a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to steel or aluminium. RCM is already included as standard in the front, rear and outhouse frame profiles.
The original composite door manufacturer and part of the Epwin Group, Permadoor has supplied composite doors to the social housing sector for 21 years. The company’s GRP composite doors replicate the appearance of timber doorsets but offer low maintenance with high performance. Highly resistant to denting, warping and splitting, the doors are secure and durable.