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EXTERNAL ENVELOPE Bespoke roof window solutions


Samantha Smith of Fakro GB discusses the ‘unrivalled’ choice that is now available across the UK roof window market


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s the very way we are designing and building sustainable housing changing? Many of us spend around 90 per cent of our time indoors either at work or at home so it’s important to maximise the benefits of building products when renovating. The idea behind sustainable housing is to work with nature and not against it. Therefore supplying the right roof window is crucial. Choose from highly energy-efficient windows to harness the sun’s energy during those cooler months or units with ventilation air inlets to provide regular air flow.


When it comes to choosing the right window you will find many differences between product ranges. Some may appear to look the same externally but they might not have an efficient U-value performance, which could have a negative impact. This is just one of the distinctive features to consider when incorporating roof windows into a project.


Roof window possibilities There are a number of pitched and flat roof windows to suit personal preference and all budgets. Manufactured in many forms such as non-opening, electrical opening and fixed options, there is a solution to cater for all consumers and architects. For instance, buildings that cannot be extended due to cost concerns or other matters may contemplate balcony windows to enhance space and luxury. Balcony windows allow you to ‘push the inside out,’ therefore increasing space within a room. Additionally, they also allow a substantial amount of natural light into the room. Consisting of a bottom sash which can be pushed open to create a balcony, the balustrades also complement the design by offering safety. Are you looking for an energy-efficient balcony window solution? These windows can be manufactured with double or triple glazing.


One common problem we face, and that must be addressed, are the levels of natural light entering the room. Natural light benefits the body by boosting its vitamin D levels and helps to increase productivity


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more so than artificially lit work spaces. Rather than installing one large roof lantern in the centre of the room, why not look into the possibilities of integrating several roof windows throughout the space? This will draw in natural light from all angles and reel in the benefits of having multiple windows – and don’t forget the views too! By supplying drawings this provides technical teams and specifiers with a holistic view of a project and allows them to be involved in the conversation. This is


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