Social housing specialist Permadoor has become one of the first composite door suppliers to achieve the highest A rating on a range of both solid and glazed doorsets, under the new Door Energy Rating (DER) scheme.
An independent measure of a door’s energy efficiency, DERs are based on a doorset’s U-value (rate of heat transfer) and air leakage. 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 supports the DERs objectives and has confirmed the results per doorset to be in line with the DERs scheme developed by the British Federation Rating Council (BFRC); a government-backed initiative responsible for reducing energy consumption in residential properties.
The A rated doors are also available with a choice of Eco Options; a range of specification choices designed to help social housing landlords improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of housing stock through improved door performance. The Eco Options include energy efficient glazing, an innovative recycled Reco22 doorframe system and recycled composite reinforcement
Commenting on the Door Energy Ratings, Adrian Sunter of Permadoor said: “Improving the energy efficiency of social housing stock remains a high government priority and the new Door Energy Ratings scheme provides specifiers with a valuable, independent guide to the energy performance of replacement doors.
“The scheme builds on the success of the Window Energy Ratings initiative and uses familiar ratings labels that will be understood by residents involved in the consultation process.
“Over the last 20 years, Permadoor has been an active supporter of a whole range of certification schemes which all help to raise standards and make it easier for specifiers to select high performance, fit for purpose products.
“The new Door Energy Ratings scheme is one of the most important initiatives of recent times and we would encourage social housing landlords to include DERs in their door specifications to ensure replacement door programmes deliver the best possible energy efficiency improvements.”
The DERs are the latest in a long line of accreditations held by Permadoor, which include Secured by Design, PAS 23/24 and BS476 for fire performance.
The original composite door manufacturer, 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.
The energy rated doorsets are on display at the new Epwin Group stand at the Building Centre in London and will also be showcased on the Epwin Group stand (N1310) at Ecobuild at ExCel, London from 20 - 22 March 2012.