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Home = dreams + requirements – recipe for the purchase of windows part 2

Home = dreams + requirements – recipe for the purchase of windows part 2

The article is a continuation of the previous publication titled “Questions about PVC windows”, in which we pointed out that the number of sections chambers, type of glass and fittings are secondary issues, which, due to bad tradition, still play a leading role in the process of selling and buying windows. We know the true value of the window by the level of performance in relation to the most important window features defined by the product standard PN-EN 14351-1 + A1: 2010 and our needs.
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During the lecture at the TARBUD construction fair in Wrocław, I asked the participants where the construction of the house begins? There were various answers. For some it was the purchase of a plot of land for others, a foundation. These are not bad answers, but they do not take into account an important aspect in both life and construction. Emotions! In fact, building a house and even buying an apartment starts with … dreams. At the beginning there is a sigh: Ehh, it would be good to have your own roof over your head. Some will stop there, others will try to realize their dream and it is to them that articles about window questions are addressed primarily.

Dreams about your own home are inevitably accompanied by dozens of terms indicating what it should be like. Big or small? One-story or two-story? With or without a garden? With a black or red roof? White or colorful façade? Big or small windows? Blinds or shutters? When we organize everything, we get to the point. We choose the location and commission the project. With this order, we may have exaggerated, but more often we buy a ready project, adapting it to dreams and this is the first, but not the last construction compromise we decide on. Many investors approach the building design phase and the content and content of the project quite lightly, assuming that it is only a document necessary to obtain a building permit, and thus ensuring that our household meets the basic requirements arising from building law. Of course, the project should give such confidence and satisfy officials, but investors can not forget that it will also become a technical timetable for their … dreams of home!

For this reason, it should contain all requirements, even the smallest, which the future owner places on the object, i.e. the so-called object requirements. The better they are described and drawn, the more material and workmanship details in the design, the greater the chance that the dream train will go without delay and the journey will be comfortable. One of the stations on this trip are windows. They also deserve a decent description in the design, both from the point of view of performance and method of incorporation. In most single and multi-family house designs, the importance of windows, to put it mildly, is marginalized by designers. It is more or less like travel agencies sending you for a good fee for a road trip to a foreign country, instead of providing a road map only with a common geographical atlas. You will visit more than you want and how many adventures along the way!

Home – basic requirements

The basic requirements that must be met by every building object, including your dream home, result from the provisions of the construction law, specifically Article 5 (1) of the Construction Law. Due to the fact that in the near future there should be a change in the content of this article resulting from the implementation of further EU provisions into the Polish legal system, we present below the source provisions, Annex 1 to Regulation 305/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council, which sets out in detail and explains the concept of basic requirements to be met by construction works.

“Construction works as a whole and their individual parts (including PVC windows acc. To) must be suitable for their intended use, and the health and safety of persons in contact with them throughout the whole life must be taken into account. period of use of these facilities. Under normal maintenance, construction works must meet the following basic requirements for construction works over an economically justified period of use.

1. Load capacity and stability

Construction works must be designed and constructed in such a way that loads that can act on them during their construction and use do not lead to:

  • collapse of the whole building or part of it;
  • significant deformations to an unacceptable extent;
    damage to other parts of buildings, devices or mounted equipment as a result of significant deformation of the structural load-bearing components;
  • damage due to an accident disproportionate to the cause of the accident.

2. Fire safety

Construction works must be designed and constructed in such a way that in the event of a fire:

  • the load-bearing capacity of the structure has been maintained for a limited time;
  • the formation and spread of fire and smoke in buildings was limited;
  • the spread of fire to neighboring buildings was limited;
  • those inside could leave the building or be rescued in any other way;
  • safety of rescue teams was included.

3. Hygiene, health and the environment

Construction works must be designed and constructed in such a way that, during their construction, use and demolition, they do not pose a threat to the hygiene or the health or safety of workers, those occupying them or neighbors during their entire life cycle, and do not exert throughout their entire life cycle. excessive impact on the quality of the environment or the climate, in particular as a result of:

  • evolution of toxic gases;
  • emissions of hazardous substances, volatile organic compounds, greenhouse gases or hazardous particles into the air inside and outside the building;
  • emission of hazardous radiation;
  • the release of hazardous substances into groundwater, sea water, surface water or soil;
  • releasing hazardous substances or substances into drinking water that otherwise affect drinking water;
  • improper sewage disposal, exhaust gas emissions or improper disposal of solid and liquid waste;
  • moisture in parts of buildings or on surfaces within these buildings.
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Home – basic requirements

The basic requirements that must be met by every building object, including your dream home, result from the provisions of the construction law, specifically Article 5 (1) of the Construction Law. Due to the fact that in the near future there should be a change in the content of this article resulting from the implementation of further EU provisions into the Polish legal system, we present below the source provisions, Annex 1 to Regulation 305/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council, which sets out in detail and explains the concept of basic requirements to be met by construction works.

“Construction works as a whole and their individual parts (including PVC windows acc. To) must be suitable for their intended use, and the health and safety of persons in contact with them throughout the whole life must be taken into account. period of use of these facilities. Under normal maintenance, construction works must meet the following basic requirements for construction works over an economically justified period of use.

1. Load capacity and stability

Construction works must be designed and constructed in such a way that loads that can act on them during their construction and use do not lead to:

collapse of the whole building or part of it;
significant deformations to an unacceptable extent;
damage to other parts of buildings, devices or mounted equipment as a result of significant deformation of the structural load-bearing components;
damage due to an accident disproportionate to the cause of the accident.

2. Fire safety

Construction works must be designed and constructed in such a way that in the event of a fire:

the load-bearing capacity of the structure has been maintained for a limited time;
the formation and spread of fire and smoke in buildings was limited;
the spread of fire to neighboring buildings was limited;
those inside could leave the building or be rescued in any other way;
safety of rescue teams was included.

3. Hygiene, health and the environment

Construction works must be designed and constructed in such a way that, during their construction, use and demolition, they do not pose a threat to the hygiene or the health or safety of workers, those occupying them or neighbors during their entire life cycle, and do not exert throughout their entire life cycle. excessive impact on the quality of the environment or the climate, in particular as a result of:

evolution of toxic gases;
emissions of hazardous substances, volatile organic compounds, greenhouse gases or hazardous particles into the air inside and outside the building;
emission of hazardous radiation;
the release of hazardous substances into groundwater, sea water, surface water or soil;
releasing hazardous substances or substances into drinking water that otherwise affect drinking water;
improper sewage disposal, exhaust gas emissions or improper disposal of solid and liquid waste;
moisture in parts of buildings or on surfaces within these buildings.

4. Safety of use and availability of facilities

Construction works must be designed and constructed in such a way that they do not pose an unacceptable risk of accident or damage in use or operation, such as slips, falls, collisions, burns, electric shocks and injury due to explosion or burglary. In particular, construction works must be designed and constructed taking into account their accessibility for the disabled and their use by such persons.

5. Protection against noise

Construction works must be designed and constructed in such a way that the noise perceived by persons occupying them or in the vicinity of these objects does not exceed the level posing a threat to their health and allows them to sleep, rest and work in satisfactory conditions.

6. Energy saving and thermal insulation

Construction works and their heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation installations must be designed and constructed in such a way as to maintain a low level of energy required for their use, taking into account the needs of persons occupying them and local climate conditions. Construction works must also be energy efficient and use as little energy as possible during their construction and demolition.

Please note that this is the second article on PVC windows, in which we do not refer to the number of profile chambers, windows, fittings, at the same time, and at the same time we have come to a place where each window can be reasonably and in practical terms compared with the competition window, and above all, you can confirm its usefulness and the possibility of using it in our dream home.

Do you remember the dilemma of the participant of the window forum described in the article “Questions about PVC windows”? Two companies presented him with an offer for the purchase of windows made of sections with the same number of chambers, from exactly the same variety of sections, with the same glass, fittings, and offered similar assembly technology. How was he supposed to choose the better one? According to him, probably by drawing lots. If this forum member already knew as much as our readers now, he certainly would not have had to draw a draw and certainly talked differently with the bidders. Without going into unnecessary component complexities, he would immediately ask about … the level and class of individual functional properties of the windows and balcony doors offered to him. What would that give? Some important information! First, he would discover that windows made of the same components are not the same and are not similar in terms of usability. Secondly, he would find out which of the companies is researching more, and thus knows his product in terms of technical performance. Thirdly, he could choose products that better meet his expectations, requirements and needs, inscribing in … dreams of home in all respects safe, quiet, healthy, comfortable and energy-saving. Is this a better way to choose windows than counting chambers in profiles? Is this not a better recipe for selling windows?

Home – object requirements

When building a house or planning to replace windows, it is not said that when buying the most expensive windows, we buy the best, and when buying the cheapest, we buy the worst possible. When building a house or replacing windows, we should look for windows that will allow the building to meet all basic requirements, and at the same time meet the object requirements established by us for the company with the designer. In other words, they will fulfill our dreams while being in full compliance with applicable regulations. The investor’s object requirement for windows is nothing more than a statement: Windows in my home are to have such and such features (essential characteristics) at this and such level. End of story. I pay for such windows and I want such windows. Now you say, well, with these features it is already clear, and how to determine their level? How to determine the level of performance of windows for your homes about this already in the next article titled: “Questions about PVC windows. How many windows in a window – a recipe for buying windows part 3 “.

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