Glass for Europe is to launch a communication campaign to support the development of an EU energy label for windows.

The campaign, due to launch on May 18, aims to inform citizens and decision makers about the added-value of an EU label for windows.

Glass for Europe Chairman and Saint-Gobain Glass CEO, Houchan Shoeibi said: "When one contemplates how much the choice of the right windows for each building can generate energy savings, reduced CO2 emissions and healthier buildings, an EU energy label for windows is urgently needed.”

The association said that energy labelling has demonstrated to be among the most efficient EU tools to help consumers make informed choices.

By providing simple information on the energy performance of each window product available on the market, consumers will be able to make an informed purchase decision without being confused by complex technical information.

In addition, an EU label will push energy efficient window solutions and serve as an additional incentive for manufacturers to develop ever better performing products.

Glass for Europe is the trade association of Europe’s manufacturers of building, automotive and solar-energy glass.

Bertrand Cazes, Secretary General said: “Window products have long been identified as a priority product for the development of an EU label and now is time for the EU to transform the try. An 18-month preparatory study is being finalised so the European Commission should be encouraged to make a meaningful regulatory proposal swiftly”.

The campaign, built around a two-minute video clip, a specific website and the hashtag #Label4Windows is online:

Greg Morris