KOUVOLA, Finland, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - A glazed balcony is often
promoted as a cosy extra room or a natural extension that connects an
apartment and the outside world, no matter what the season or weather.
Glazing is also considered a well-founded solution as it improves
living comfort and decor possibilities. Likewise, glazing is known to
reduce maintenance and repair needs. More rarely is the glazed balcony
regarded as semi-warm space, or a draught lobby that passively stores
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Does balcony glazing save energy?
The impact of energy savings arising from balcony glazing has now been
studied. According to this study, glazing results in heating energy
savings of 3.4%-10.7% in an 80 sqm apartment, the average value being
5.9%. This is of significance due to constantly increasing energy
Glazing pays off
It is relatively inexpensive to provide the balcony with glazing.
Studies show that the glazing's procurement price is paid back within
15-25 years through its energy savings of about 6%, depending on the
shape and location of the balcony.
Carbon footprint caused by balcony glazing
According to a study made by Ramboll Oy, the total carbon dioxide load
produced by the manufacture, transport, installation, maintenance and
final recycling of balcony glass panes amounts to about 200 kg of
carbon dioxide. The annual energy savings resulting from balcony
glazing correspond to about 50 kg of carbon dioxide. Judging from this,
it takes, on average, only four years to compensate for the
glazing-induced carbon footprint through energy savings arising from
Carry out an eco-action - Make use of the benefits in balcony glazing
with new building and repair projects.
Text: Erkki Hilliaho
Source: Tampere University of Technology; Korjaustoimien vaikutukset
lahiokerrostalon todelliseen energiankulutukseen (The effects of energy
renovation measures on apartment buildings). Research report 158
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