To this end, the alliance engages with key stakeholders to ensure wooden windows are fairly represented in policy and research. Furthermore, they are committed to driving standards higher still, to make wood once again the number one choice for windows. More and more people understand that windows make a big difference to the look and value of a house, as well as to its energyefficiency. Today’s high performance wood windows don’t just look good, they offer unbeatable energy-efficiency and service life. With proper maintenance they’ll last a lifetime. And, of course, they are the most sustainable solution. The Wood Window Alliance makes it easier to choose them with confidence, with over 40 members offering a range of high quality products that meet independently audited performance and sustainability standards and fulfil the requirements in the latest Building Regulations and the Code for Sustainable Homes. R
Queens Cross Housing Association benefits from energy efficient Scandinavian windows from Janex OJanex, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of high quality low u-value Scandinavian building products, last year completed a major project for Queens Cross Housing Association, Glasgow with contractors Morrison Spottiswood. The new build development at Murano Street is now finished, and Janex continues to supply this social housing group at Garscube south, east and west. The Murano Street development is the association’s largest ever development providing 140 new build two and three bedroomed flats in a 4-storey block on the site of the former McGhee’s Bakery. Tenants selected Janex products as the company has a long successful history of supplying high quality, low maintenance, energy efficient products for the social housing market. Grant funding has enabled the development to provide mixed tenure – 98 of these homes are for rent and the remainder for shared equity. All properties are designed to a high energy-efficient standard with the provision of off-street parking for all flats. The remaining flats will be built in a single 6-storey crescent-shaped block overlooking the Forth & Clyde Canal. The Janex timber canopy windows for this project are long life, low maintenance products with energy efficient u values. The windows were finished painted grey on the outside and insides. The flat entrance doors supplied are covered by the police security initiative ‘Secured by Design’ for their security features and are FD30 fire doors. Janex has a long history
of supplying leading housing associations across the UK with Scandinavian window and door products for new build projects and for refurbishments. As one of Scandinavia’s finest producers of high performance timber windows and composite doors for the UK market, Janex was the first Scandinavian importer to achieve both Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and PEFC (the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) on products for UK customers. Janex products are also certified by testing body TRADA in its Q Mark scheme for high performance and security. Janex has always been at the forefront of product development in Scandinavia and its standard products achieve extremely low u-values for thermal efficiency. No surprise from a firm whose products are manufactured in Norway, a country used to very cold winters and very hot summers. Janex can achieve a
u-value of 0.70 W/m2K for opening sashes and fixed windows calculated in accordance with BS EN 10077-1. This level is better than the current passivhaus level which is 0.8W/ m2K. “Our new highly insulated window construction is becoming more and more popular to achieve the best codes in the Code for Sustainable Homes. Windows are manufactured in Norway from high quality Scandinavian timber sourced from sustainable forests.“ says Brian Davie, director of sales Scotland, Janex. Founded in 1992, by Norwegian Jan Skaara, the firm is headquartered in Egersund, Norway with offices in the UK in London and Falkirk. Their product range includes timber windows, alu-clad timber windows, composite external doors, patio, french and balcony glazed doors. R • www.janex.co.uk.
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