Southport Glass
We are the only company in Southport that are licensed to manufacture windows & doors to Secured By Design.

Secured by Design Principles

The concept of Secured by Design

  • One of the government’s key objectives for the planning of new housing is to secure high quality sustainable places where people will choose to live To achieve this, the government recognises that much greater emphasis needs to be placed on the quality of design and planning. Designing for community safety is a central part of this, and the core principles apply not only to residential but also to other forms of development.

  • Secured by Design is a police initiative to encourage the building industry to adopt crime prevention measures in the design of developments to assist in reducing the opportunity for crime and the fear of crime, creating a safer and more secure environment. Secured by Design is owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and has the support of the Home Office Crime Reduction & Community Safety Group and the Planning Section of The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM).

Secured by Design and other design guidance

  • Good design must be the aim of all those involved in the development process and should be encouraged everywhere. Current government planning policy strongly supports this principle and makes clear that community safety is an integral part of the design agenda. Planning Policy Guidance note 3 (PPG3) calls upon local planning authorities to: “promote design and layouts which are safe and take account of public health, crime prevention and community safety considerations.”

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The BFRC Scheme is the UK’s national system for rating the energy efficiency of windows and is recognised within the Building Regulations as a method to show compliance for your replacement windows installation.

Window Energy Ratings use a consumer-friendly traffic-light style A-E ratings guide similar to that used on ‘white’ goods (such as fridges, freezers, washing machines etc…). This ratings label can be used by you to make more informed choices about the energy efficiency of the windows you are looking to purchase.

With carbon emissions high on the global agenda and the current high cost of fuel, we are all looking for ways to make our homes more energy efficient.

Each window rated by the BFRC has a unique label. This label will display the following information:

  • The rating level – A, B, C, etc…
  • The energy rating eg. -3kWh/(m²·K) in this example the product will lose 3 kilowatt hours per square metre per year.
  • The window U value eg. 1.4W/(m²·K)
  • The effective heat loss due to air penetration as L eg. 0.01 W/(m²·K)
  • The solar heat gain eg. g=0.43

Simply put this will determine how well a product will perform the functions of:

  • Helping you contain and conserve heat within your building in the winter

  • Keep out the wind

  • Resist condensation

  • Contribute to improved sound insulation

So What are Energy Efficient Windows – Use Solar Gain to Benefit the Home

So exactly what are Energy Efficient Windows? They are windows that help to contain and conserve heat within the home keeping out wind and rain, resisting condensation and yet allowing natural “free” energy - the warmth of the sun - to heat the home. They can be made using any frame material - aluminium, PVC-U, steel or timber or even a combination of materials.

Energy Efficient Windows are easy to recognise - simply look for the BFRC Label.

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