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.
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Pre 2nd World War
An understanding of the times:
A fashion for the Arts and Crafts Movement strongly influenced the Mock Tudor 'cottage' style architecture of the 4.5 million suburban houses built between the two world wars, and the 'pretty' features of this style have never lost popularity to date. Although to purists it was a dishonest style, with the half timbering a decorative feature and not part of the essential frame-work of the building, as in the case of the genuine Tudor building. To those who thought that function should be put before aesthetics, the 'mock' Tudor features were an unnecessary ornament, and the style too "pretty". This ignored popular taste and the fact that the people who were actually going to live in the homes liked the pretty 'chocolate box' look.
The many mullioned windows were often decorated with stained glass coloured fanlights, with leaded light casements below, and were unashamedly defaced on a wholesale basis with the arrival of 'modernisation'. This window conversion consisted of ruthlessly removing the top fanlights and fitting louvres for ventilation, and cutting out all of the mullions below and fitting a large single pane of glass in it's place. The awful 'picture window' revolution had arrived and was perpetuated by popular public demand with the advent of 'double glazing'. The death of this bland style came about partly by a fashion swing back to a more 'pretty' look, and was completely buried with the introduction in June 1995 of building regulations which specified that all habitable rooms must have a means of escape in the event of a fire.
The original many mullioned casement windows were very in keeping with the overall style and quite often had with coloured fanlights, but so many fell prey to the post war 'modernisation' spree.
Remember Ted Moult on the 'telly' with his feather indoors and the helicopter outdoors, telling us that 'you only have double glazing fitted once, so fit the best...'. Well here we are, The Window Man that is, in the year 2000 having just replaced those old 'mountain' windows with PVC-U, and in a style that is now both more aesthetically pleasing than earlier 'modernisation', and more true to a 'character' appearance.
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.