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Appearance, security, low maintenance and today more than ever before thermal efficiency, these are perhaps the main reasons, amongst many, that we look to replace our existing windows.
AGS have always looked forward, anticipating the features that buyers require not only now, but in years to come and, for over 30 years, our windows have evolved to give our customers secure, efficient and beautiful products with a choice never before possible.
Quality products can only be assured if we control as much of the manufacturing process as possible. Obviously hardware, glass, door panels and PVCu and Aluminium extrusions have to be sourced from specialist suppliers but, unlike many window companies, AGS do not buy in finished windows and doors.
From our earliest years we have manufactured our own products, which apart from being unique, are subject to our own stringent quality controls.
The AGS head office has been based since 1996 in a purpose designed 5,481sqm office and factory complex in Newton Abbot, equipped with all the latest computer aided machinery, the manufacturing process still relies on local skilled labour to produce top class windows, doors and conservatories.
Latest: NEW AGS GLAZING SPECIFICATION
‘A’ rated windows as standard – under new Government legislation the thermal efficiency of replacement windows has changed to a minimum ‘C’ rating. AGS have decided that as from 01st October 2010 our standard window will have a ‘A’ rating, ensuring our customers benefit from being able to ‘Future Proof’ their windows and doors without extra cost. The specification is as follows:
The Truth about PVC-U: Facts… and Fibs!
THE BRE GREEN GUIDE
The latest version of “The Green Guide” published by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) includes a detailed assessment of the environmental impact of different types of window. It compares windows made from PVC-U with those made from timber, aluminium and steel, and examines the affect they have on 13 different environmental criteria.
FACT: on eight of the 13 points used by the BRE to assess environmental impact, PVC-U is at least as good as wood – and on five points it is actually better than timber.
Fib: PVC-U cannot be recycled
FACT: PVC compounds are 100% recyclable.
WHAT IS PVC-U?
Fib: PVC-U is dangerous
FACT: PVC-U is one of the most thoroughly researched materials in the world. Numerous independent studies undertaken by a wide range of organisations including World Heath Organisation and the European Union, have repeatedly shown that PVC-U is safe.
FACT: PVC has numerous medical applications. For instance it’s the only
plastic considered to be safe enough to use to make blood-bags.
Fib: manufacturing PVC-U harms the environment
FACT: A typical European PVC production plant would have to operate for 30,000 years to produce the same amount of dioxins released into the atmosphere during bonfire night!
SAVING MONEY (AND ENERGY)
Fib: alternative materials are just as good as PVC-U when it comes to energy-saving and durability.
FACT: PVC-U is far more thermally efficient than alternative materials and the PVC-U industry is at the forefront of the development of energy efficient window frames.
FACT: Fitting C-rated windows in a typical property will reduce its carbon footprint by more than 850kg of CO2 per year.
FACT: The Building Research Establishment estimates a typical PVC-U window will have a lifespan of 35 years.
HOW GOOD IS WOOD IN REALITY?
Timber is often presented as an eco-friendly building material. But in reality wood isn’t nearly as green as it appears. Friends of the Earth estimate that 60% of all tropical timber imported into the UK comes from illegal deforestation. This makes the UK the largest single importer of illegally sourced wood in Europe.
FACT: According to Friends of the Earth UK timber imports were responsible for illegally logging 130,000 hectares of tropical forest.
FACT: PVC-U is the UK’s most popular material for new and replacement windows.
More than 85% of all building and refurbishment projects now use PVC-U
windows. And it’s not hard to see why!
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