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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Post 2nd World War
An understanding of the times:
1939 saw the end of house building for nearly a decade. After the end of the second world war, public opinion polls revealed that housing was the issue on which people felt most strongly. The building industry was in disarray, new materials were in very short supply, and only 806,000 houses were built between 1945 and 1950. At that time local authorities were allowed to authorise only one privately built house for every four they built themselves for the people.
When the conservatives gained power in 1951, private houses could be built up to the same quantity as council houses, thus triggering the real start in private post war building. However, by 1954 only around a quarter of all new houses were privately built, and it took until 1957 for the boom in private house and bungalow building to really take off.
I like 1950's built properties, maybe because I live in a 1957 built bungalow now and I like it very much, and I was brought up in 1950's house as a child after we moved out of Nan's. I do think that 1950's properties were generally very well built, but originally lacking badly on insulation standards we have today, but that's easily remedied.
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.