FAQ: The abbreviation FENSA stands for FENESTRATION - SELF ASSESSMENT.
The uk dictionary definition of the word fenestral or fenestrate is " belonging to or like a window" The word fenestration is "the arrangement of windows in a building". FENSA is used by double glazing uk trade companies to certify that their replacement windows and doors installed comply with Building Regulations Document L (and more), actually checking av. 1% of all replacement windows installations.
Did You Know?
An understanding of the times:
This type of house was for the working class of the time, and often built in quite long terraces. Alleyway access to the back garden was needed for deliveries of coal, and for the "night soil people" to call with their horse drawn 2 wheel tumble cart tanker , to empty the back garden toilet. In through the front door and you were in the lounge, through another door and you were in the kitchen, and that was the downstairs. Maybe a door in between would open onto the steep and narrow staircase, leading to the 'two up', and that was it!
The doors often had character and were quite small in size, and the windows were invariably of the vertical sliding sash type.
To all you cottage people out there who would never in a million years consider their defacing their property with modern ugly double glazed PVC-U windows, all I have to say is take a look at these pictures:
Jump to other house building era's of this century:
It would have been so easy to show you lots of impressive showroom type photos of new double glazing installations in this section, but I rarely do things the easy way! Instead I have chosen to show you a selection of photos taken by me whilst 'out and about' to illustrate the main house building styles of the last 100 odd years, and the windows and doors that go with them.