Press Releases - July 2010
Posted on 11 January 2011
"Finally we beat the Germans at their own game".
"A consortium of Welsh businesses, fostered by a timber promotion initiative, has brought to market a Welsh first that promises to change the face of buildings across the UK.
The new Welsh Passivhaus timber window system is a quantum leap in design which looks set to win back buyers from the plastic sector with new standards in energy efficiency, longevity and design.
What makes this new system – just this week given approval by the German authorities – even more impressive is that it has taken only two and half months from concept to final product.
It is the first certified Passivhaus window manufactured in the UK where the UK supplier holds the certificate. And the first examples of this exciting new product are already going into the most innovative new housing development in Wales – the showcase FUTURE HOMES site being completed in Ebbw Vale in time for the National Eisteddfod, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and due to be officially opened on 4 August.
The Vale Passive Window, as it has been named, is the most radical development in window design in Wales for decades – it opens up massive new potential for Welsh timber to deliver not only new opportunities for high efficiency building but also new jobs And it is the latest major new timber project brought forward by Woodknowledge Wales which leads timber innovation, research and development on behalf of The Vale Passive Window Partnership"
"And now the accreditation by Passivhaus Institut in Germany has given the seal of approval to a product which we believe will open the door to massive new opportunities for manufacturers in Wales – and for Welsh timber as well." The project kicked off following a Woodknowledge Wales workshop looking at timber window frames earlier this year. Up until now most windows made in Wales have been specialist items, expensive, beautifully made but not approved to the latest standards.
Working together new timber profile sections were designed, construction methods trialled and the new window system formulated in just over two and a half months. The new window system, approved in Germany this week, is registered with the Wales Forest Business Partnership and can be used by all manufacturers in Wales".
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