Sustainability

Make the sustainable choice

Future generations are relying on us to make the best use of sustainable, natural materials.  As trees grow, up to one ton of carbon dioxide per tree is absorbed from the atmosphere and stored securely. And what’s more, when this slow, cold grown Redwood from northern European countries is converted into our award-winning timber windows and doors, this pollutant continues to be stored. We re-plant further trees, that also go on to absorb CO2, and so the cycle continues.  Carrying Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® – C124392) certification, our timber is both sustainably sourced and ready for industry in terms of size and maturity.

All our timber is sourced from managed forests

It’s imperative that sustainably managed forests are the source of our timber, and why, for us, this is the only option – the destruction of wildlife habitats and biodiversity, and deforestation are very real problems where this is not the case – we re-plant more trees than we use. 

Global tree stocks are replenished and expanded in a sustainable forest – our planet needs this for both the local eco-system to thrive and to keep up with the absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Engineered timber – guaranteed not to warp or stick

Timber windows and doors have changed – sticking and warping through the seasons is a thing of the past.

Multi-layered, engineered timber is formed through finger jointing - using short pieces of perfect timber, mechanically bonded together to form longer lengths. Layered upon each other, the opposing grains then even out any natural moisture movement, resulting in an immensely strong and stable timber.

Timber’s role as an environmental champion in the construction industry

Sustainable timber, through responsible sourcing and replenishment, has the lowest embodied energy use during its journey to becoming a construction item, of any alternative-mainstream building material. 

From growth to processing, production and transport, all the way through to the consumer, timber requires minimal processing when compared to other materials such as steel, concrete or aluminium – all of which require heavy, intensive handling and resultant emissions. 

All trees have a physical limit as to the volume of carbon they can absorb – once this limit is reached, it only seems logical to use them in construction and plant further trees that can continue this amazing work.

A life span beyond all others

Have you ever thought about product life span? It may surprise you, and both you and any future owner will appreciate the consideration. 

The average uPVC window will last around 16-18 years – compare that to a timber window, with a life of 60-80 years. It’s quite a difference and that’s even before you consider the environmental impact of their relative production and disposal processes. 

Not forgetting, of course, timber can be maintained and repaired in a way that man-made alternatives simply can’t be. 

Our final thought is for the materials we choose to live with – surrounding ourselves with natural products is comforting – timber is a warm, friendly material and an all-around better insulator.