Re: Re: Irish say no to PVC windows
An example of a double-glaze retrofit in Ireland is the former Dunlop factory on Upper Stephen Street in Dublin, recently refurbished as Dunnes Storesâ€™ new headquarters.
It has a magnificent array of industrial steel frames from when the building was built around 1930.
As can be seen, its elegant glazing bars have been fitted with double-glazed panels to make them more efficient.
They appear to be 14-16mm units.
And not notable from even a moderate distance.
A job exceptionally well done. One would wonder if these were refurbished in this country at allâ€¦
Even the Department of Environmentâ€™s Architectural Heritage Protection Guidelines make but a passing reference to steel windows in a small paragraph, and with a single clichÃ©d photograph of the former Department of Industry and Commerce building on Kildare Street as an example, out of the hundreds of timber window pictures in the document.
So it is possible to restore and/or cast replicas of steel windows, as well as update many to modern-day requirements. The two biggest UK firms, Crittall and Clements still make and restore them, and have excellent websites, amonst others.
Crittall sent over their brochure to me, and they make some really beautiful stuff. A pity theyâ€™ve no distributer in Ireland. It would appear they have since absorbed Hopeâ€™s too.
If there are restorers in Ireland, itâ€™s a pity they wouldnâ€™t make themselves a little more known. Our steel window heritage doesnâ€™t have that much time left.