A former cattle market gets a sustainable overhaul with Selectaglaze secondary glazing

William Julian Courtauld paid the princely sum of £50,000 to give Braintree its own Town Hall. The first stone was laid in 1926 and it has been in constant use since its construction.

Nowadays, there is an obligation to reduce energy and make buildings more sustainable. Braintree Town Hall was faced with the job of making its building more energy efficient, which was not straightforward due to it being Grade II* Listed. The Town Hall approached Selectaglaze to address issues with the windows, which allowed cold air in and heat to escape.

A meeting was arranged with Braintree Town Hall and the local Conservation Officer, where an aluminium sample from Selectaglaze was set up next to one of the windows. Those in attendance were impressed at how well the timber grain effect blended in with the wood panelling of the room.

After a successful demonstration, Selectaglaze installed 20 vertical sliding units. All products were finished with a timber grain effect that matched seamlessly with the interior.

The installation of secondary glazing significantly reduces heat loss and all units are bespoke to achieve airtightness to virtually eradicate draughts. The use of low emissivity glass meant that a U-value of 1.9 was easily achieved.

An additional benefit of installing secondary glazing was the reduction of outside noise.

“The windows contain modern thermally efficient low emissivity glass that retains heat and the frames have been measured and manufactured to achieve an airtight fitting. The building is heated by a combination of gas central heating and electric heaters. The estimated savings from installing secondary glazing in the Town Hall is at least 12 per cent of the combined heating bill, over £400pa at current prices, which are predicted to increase annually.

The windows contain modern thermally efficient low emissivity glass that retains heat and the frames have been measured and manufactured to achieve an airtight fitting. They also provide excellent sound proofing, blocking the noise of the regular traffic.”

Councillor Robert Mitchell, Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment and Place

Royal Warrant Holder since 2004; Selectaglaze has 50 years’ experience designing, manufacturing and installing secondary glazing for all building types from new build hotels to Listed town halls to ensure that the building is warmer, quieter and safer

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