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What does U value mean? Loosely, U valuesreflect the amount of heat transference across a structure.

It is a way toquantify how much heat energy is lost through the fabric of a bui lding acrossdifferent materials and thicknesses. With U values the lower the val ue achievedthe better in terms of saving energy. This is why whenever new buildi ngregulations and amendments are brought out the U value needed to be met isinva riably lowered. Indeed, the goal post on U values has been moved greatlyover the last decade and is on a path to be even more stringent in the futurewhich will require fundamental changes in building design to accommodate thesetough new U v alue regulations. The lower the U value achieved the lower theenergy bill will b e to heat the building.A U value isa measurement of the overall heat energy tran sfer rate (under standardconditions) through a particular section of constructio n material, e.g. roof,walls, glazing etc.It is defined as the rate of heat flow in watts (W) throughan area of 1 square metre (m) for a temperature difference a cross the structureof 1 C degree centigrade or Kelvin (K).The U value measuremen t units are written as W/m2K.. I