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City chiefs open the door to new slim-line windows

posted 6 Aug 2010, 09:57 by David Rintoul   [ updated 6 Aug 2010, 10:19 ]

A ban on double glazing in listed buildings is to be lifted by the city council, after years of campaigning by residents.

Council chiefs have decided that the controversial rules, which affect hundreds of residents across the city, should be changed in order to counter concerns about the environmental inefficiency of single glazing.

It follows a successful one-year pilot that saw a series of Georgian tenements and a Charlotte Square office fitted with a new "slim cavity" version of double glazing.

However, those properties that have historic or "crown" glass windows will not be allowed to change to double glazing until the original glass is damaged or broken. Around one in ten listed buildings are thought to still use crown glass.