Landmark fenestration project gets underway in Falkirk

DOORS and windows manufacturer NorDan UK has revealed details of its role in the ‘largest fenestration contract in the history of Scottish housing and construction’.

The firm is helping to upgrade around 5,500 social homes for Falkirk Council, delivering the project in partnership with Sidey.

The four-year contract is part of a larger eight-year refurbishment scheme that will eventually update all of Falkirk Council’s 15,000 homes.

The local authority has stated the investment aims to take account of the Climate Emergency, with the plan being to reduce the carbon footprint of its housing stock while keeping homes warmer and more energy efficient.

Using timber sourced from sustainably managed forests, NorDan manufactures timber windows and doors with an aluminium cladding. The firm said the combination of renewable materials, sustainable manufacturing and long-life performance makes its products low in embodied carbon.

NorDan added that its windows have the lowest embodied carbon of this product type – around twice as sustainable as standard composite windows and ‘five times more sustainable’ than aluminium windows.

NorDan UK’s regional director, Craig Greenwood, said, “We’re proud to be working with Sidey and Falkirk Council on this project, delivering wide ranging benefits for the client and residents. Our products will not only look great, but will be an important part of creating a warm and comfortable environment for the residents, whilst also saving them money on their heating bills and helping to prevent fuel poverty – which is incredibly important in the face of rising energy costs.”

Craig added that NorDan is currently the only fenestration company in the UK to have Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its entire product range.

“EPD’s are third party verified certification of products that communicate what they are made from and how they impact on the environment across their entire life cycle, and are one of the only mechanisms that enable contractors and developers to accurately measure carbon emissions in construction and refurbishment projects,” he explained.

“Increasing numbers of social housing providers and developers are taking a whole life approach to the specification of homes, and so the fact that our products come with a 60-year minimum life expectancy and are virtually maintenance free, not only provides a better home environment for tenants, but ultimately helps our customers to save money in the long-term.”

NorDan is delivering a range of glazed products to the Falkirk project including TopTech Fully Reversible windows and both single and double outward-opening balcony doors. All the NorDan products specified will be aluminium clad, with GSB Sea Proof Plus marine grade certification and Secured By Design certification.