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OPEN THE DOOR TO BFRC ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATINGS


September 2011 sees the launch of the BFRC Door Energy Ratings Scheme (DER). This will extend use of the renowned and respected BFRC energy rating label to all kinds of domestic doors – external pedestrian doors and French, folding and sliding glazed doors. This represents the biggest extension of the BFRC scheme since 2006.


In the UK 1.7 million doors are sold each year


worth a staggering £772 million (source: Palmer Report 2010). Until now homeowners were unable to easily assess the energy efficiency properties of the doors they were purchasing or able to quickly compare competing product. All of this changes with the launch of the BFRC DER scheme.


PEDESTRIAN DOORS All kinds of external pedestrian doors – solid


doors, partially glazed doors and fully glazed doors - will all be included in the scheme. The simulations for the BFRC DER Scheme will allow every style to be included whether they are constructed of PVC-U, aluminium, timber or are a composite type door. They will be rated ‘A’ to ‘G’.


Solar gain will not be included in the rating process for external pedestrian doors, however, air leakage rates are taken into account. An ‘E’ rating will equate to a U value of 1.8 allowed for in the Part L buildings regulations (announced 1st Oct 2010). An ‘A’ rating will reflect the standard of the best performing doors currently available.


OPEN THE DOOR TO BFRC ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATINGS


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D E F


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Doors rated ‘F’ & ‘G’ would not satisfy buildings regulations but have been included to cover product that is exempt such as those for listed buildings or other architecturally sensitive applications.


Door image courtesy of Eurocell. GLASS DOORS


The most common types of fully glazed doors, with a glazed area of 60% or more - French, folding and sliding – are included in the scheme and will be rated on the scale of‘A’ to ‘G’, though it is envisaged that most product will achieve a ‘C’ rating or more. The higher bands for these glazed products better reflect the inclusion of solar gain into the DER calculation as required by the System Assessment Procedure (SAP) 2009.


In fact, the DER for these doors follows exactly the rating formula that currently pertains to BFRC window energy ratings.


“This is the only Door Energy Rating scheme in the UK and represents another first for BFRC,” commented BFRC CEO Graham Hinett. “It will


LISTERS LAUNCH ELITIS FINESSE COMPOSITE DOORS


Lister Trade Frames of Stoke on Trent, best known for their dual rebated Gallery Composite Door range have just launched a new single rebated range called Elitis Finesse.


The Finesse range complements their Gallery Doors with additional styles colours and lock options, offering customers more choice. And being of a more simple construction they are also available with shorter lead-times.


Phil Warren, Listers' Sales Director, says that the introduction of the new Finesse doors has been well received by their Trade customers; "while our Gallery Composite Door have continued to show record growth month on month, some customers wished to be able to offer a greater style range and shorter lead times. This was going to be difficult to achieve with the Gallery Door range due to its specialist construction. So we decided to introduce a new door which would offer new designs and


which could be more rapidly built and delivered."


Phil says that the new Elitis Finesse composite door was very well received at their recent Trade Open Day and has already exceeded their sales projections for the new product.


"Our worry was that we would see a drop in the sales of our dual rebated Gallery Door range, but this just hasn't happened" says Phil, "it seems that we have a very loyal customer base who value all the additional advantages of our Gallery Doors but who can now choose other styles from our Finesse range instead of going to competitor suppliers."


And Listers don't seem to have skimped when it comes to the new doors: The new Elitis Finesse Composite Door range has 25 styles in 9 Colours all with an multi point hook lock, adjustable hinges and a full 10 year guarantee all delivered on a 7 day lead-time.


provide a robust framework to compare various door sets on a fair and equal basis. It is inclusive of most material and construction types in use today.”


Registration with the BFRC DER scheme is not


currently a compliant route for Part L. However, it provides manufacturers and retailers with the most effective and well-known comparison tool on energy efficiency for the marketing and selling of doors.


BFRC will be fully supporting launch of the DER scheme in the consumer media using eco- campaigner and TV presenter James Strawbridge through late 2011 and early 2012.


More details: www.bfrc.org or telephone the advice line, 020 7403 9200.


Listers new Elitis Finesse Composite Doors Brochure.


Listers seem to be growing their product range and their business this year without letup. Phil Warren says that they are ignoring the rumours of a recession and are determined to offer their customers ever more choice and even better service this year.


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