The history of double glazed windows
A number of historians argue that the device was actually invented in the USA in the early 1930s by a certain C.D. Haven. The double glazing window was then known as the thermopane. The term was eventually associated with luxury living in the 1950s.
The UK homes did not immediately warm to the technology as the American market did. It took various factors to shift the peoples minds from conventional windows to double glazing panes. One was the rise of alternatives to wooden framing. The use of uPVC and aluminum frames reduced the once-expensive costs of double glazing.
Another was the onset of the oil crisis which caused a significant increase in fuel costs. In short, it became more expensive to keep houses warm the traditional way. Newer regulations were made to encourage the use of energy-efficient materials and to minimize dependence on oil. By the late 1970s to the 1980s, many UK homes already made the switch to double glazed windows for practical considerations.
The double glazing industry is part of todays home improvement sector. The windows are known for their ability to reduce noise, heat the house and wisely use energy. UK homes and businesses invest about three billion pounds every year for a variety of double glazed installations. These range from usual windows to entire conservatories.
As you can see, the double glazing history is a long and interesting one and no doubt with the increased emphasis on sustainable living, we can expect more developments and innovations in the future, to make our windows even more energy efficient and easy to live with.
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Posted in Home Improvement Post Date 12/01/2014