The Government has set itself a specific target of ensuring all new homes built after 2016 are zero carbon. This is in addition to the general requirement of an overall carbon emission reduction as set out by the Kyoto agreement.
To highlight this topic and enable a system which is both an independent source of information and also easy to understand, the BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council) working in conjunction with the Energy Efficiency Council, have created a performance label clearly defining the energy efficiency of building products from any manufacturer.
Launched in March 2004, the Window Energy Rating label is similar to that used on many white goods in our homes, such as fridges and washing machines. Building products are scored on a scale of A - G, with an A rated building product being more energy efficient than one which is G rated.
Those which are given a rating of C and higher are recognised as energy efficient, and can officially be endorsed with the Energy Saving Recommended logo.