Window Sustainability

by Scott Edwards
Apr
11

Sustainability is now a huge issue on a global scale. Across the planet, governments and their populations are increasingly aware of their impact upon the environment and are looking for ways to minimize their “Carbon Footprint”.

Initially the focal point of environmental pollution reduction was toward aerosols and vehicle exhaust fumes, but we now know that we must look at the effects of everything we do. With a planetary population of over 6 billion and growing, the issues of renewable energy sources, recycling and product sustainability have never been more important.

For each individual household there are a number of major areas where they can immediately lower their environmental impact. Using low energy lighting, taking more showers rather than filling a full bath and correctly insulating their property to minimize heat loss are some obvious areas that can be addressed fairly quickly. Other areas require far more planning and outlay but are just as, if not more important than the aforementioned.

Your choice of windows will have an environmental impact in the long and short term. Timber is by Far the best material from both an insulation and environmental perspective. Some may argue that over the years deforestation has had a heavy impact on the planet and for this reason they would not choose timber or wooden windows. Although this is undeniable there is also no denying that timber is both a sustainable source and environmentally friendly.

In the developed world there is now great emphasis on reforestation and tree management. The Scandinavians, Europeans and North Americans have led the way and the rest of the world has either caught on or soon will. They will have no choice in following suit because the average consumer is now genuinely concerned whether the product they are purchasing is coming from a sustainable source or not. Those that refuse to employ reforestation and sustainability policies will find their customers dwindling dramatically. The additional growth in government legislation on such issues will further strengthen the worldwide call for global sustainability and reforestation of those areas that have been hardest hit.

Once satisfied that the timber used to construct your windows and doors comes from a sustainable source you can enjoy the other advantages of choosing this material. Timber is biodegradable so it actually has a positive effect if put straight into landfill. It can also be broken down for compost or even incinerated for biomass energy, which releases a minimal amount of carbon in comparison to the combustion of fossil fuels.

The most important thing for the end consumer is long term durability. Timber windows are durable, easily repaired and maintainable. The modern coatings and pressure treatments available have further increased timbers durability. There are even timbers such as “Accoya” that is pickled and carries a 60 year guarantee.

Timber windows and doors have proven themselves and stood the test of time when they are well manufactured and maintained. Even now there are timber windows in place that are well over a hundred years old. With that being the case along with all the modern construction methods, high quality security and operation mechanisms, durable coatings and timbers natural appeal, it’s hard to understand why an end user would consider any other material. The test of time has now proven beyond doubt that the composite materials such as UPVC are not as first promised “No Maintenance”. There really is no such thing!

Timber has been proven over centuries and is likely to be the best choice for centuries to come.

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