There are many beautiful buildings in our towns and cities that provide us with a link to the past and remind us of our heritage. But, these buildings are expensive to maintain and one of the key costs in making them habitable is keeping them warm.
In Edinburgh – one of the world’s most historic cities – there are many older buildings that despite their beauty are inefficient in terms of conserving energy. These buildings are also protected by government regulations so improving their energy efficiency requires the uttermost care once approval is granted.
Changeworks, an organisation specialising in the restoration of historical properties, was recently tasked with improving the energy efficiency of Archibald Place – a category B listed Georgian tenement in Edinburgh. Refurbishment of this kind had previously been prohibited by the council; however they needed a solution to reduce the cost of heating the buildings and they turned to Pilkington for help.
They specified and installed Pilkington energiKare™ Legacy for the project, a product that provides similar energy efficiency performance to standard replacement double glazing but has a much thinner profile – a feature that means it won’t look out of place in older buildings.
Pilkington energiKare™ Legacy utilises two panes of glass separated by a gap of 0.2mm (compared to a typical 16mm gap in traditional double glazing). The glazing’s overall thickness of 6mm is enough to provide an aesthetically pleasing glazing solution where a slim profile is needed, and a thermally efficient window.
Homeowners with older properties find Pilkington energiKare™ Legacy to be a perfect match when it comes to improving the energy efficiency of their homes, especially when they are keen to retain period aesthetics.
- Archibald Place