The UK’s most eco-friendly IGU?

Clayton Glass and Yorkshire Windows have launched a new IGU – Ecomax – which uses recycled and organic materials in its construction, prompting its manufacturers to call it “the country’s most environmentally friendly glass unit”.

Meeting both the growing demand from environmentally concerned homeowners (according to Clayton Glass, studies have found that 82% of home buyers would pay more for eco features), and government pressure for greener housing, Ecomax was created to push the glass installation industry towards conscientious material choices.

Manufactured in the UK to reduce carbon emissions, Ecomax uses the highest level of recycled materials and a natural, biodegradable sealant, and can match the performance of A and A+ rated windows.

Currently available exclusively through Yorkshire Windows, Ecomax boasts a U-value of 1.2, 71% solar gain and 82% light transmission, which makes the most of the sun’s heat and light to reduce the reliance on fossil-fuelled lights and heating.

Clayton Glass will also plant a tree in honour of each Ecomax installation, which will further offset the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process.

“We’ve been listening to and evaluating the market over the years, and there’s been a clear increase in demand for an IGU which sits in line with sustainably conscious values,” Ryan Green, managing director of Clayton Glass, said. “Ecomax is here to fill this gap in the market as not only an eco-friendly choice, but one which still delivers high-value performance.”

Ian Chester, owner of Yorkshire Windows, said: “Ecomax fits with our green agenda, helping our customers to make a conscious effort to use sustainable, eco-friendly glazing in their homes.”