Joint venture tipped to improve quality of Scottish school windows

Mike Stevenson

WINDOWS manufacturer NorDan UK has teamed up with window control specialists Kilpatrick Blane Services to launch The Centre of Excellence for Schools.

The joint venture sees fenestration experts from both firms collaborate with the aim of improving the quality and sustainability of windows in schools and other educational buildings across Scotland, through better design, specification and use.

The aim is to provide those involved in specification, design and build for education buildings with a one-stop shop that can consider all factors that dictate window installation, including student and teacher welfare, net zero and cost and energy efficiency.   

The Centre will advise schools and local authorities on how to best meet their carbon reduction targets, and adhere to the guidelines set out in the Scottish Government’s Net Zero Public Building Standard.  This, NorDan explained, can be achieved through installing low carbon sustainable fenestration solutions that meet BB101 Guidelines on levels of ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools.

Mike Stevenson, senior manager strategic markets, at NorDan UK, said, “Working on numerous education projects over the years has given us an insight into the specific challenges faced by education in Scotland. I’m acutely aware of the need for windows to meet in-use requirements, regulations, budgets and net zero carbon targets, not to mention creating the best possible learning environments.

“The Centre of Excellence for Schools brings together the expertise and products ranges of ourselves, Kilpatrick Blane Services, and other leading fenestration product suppliers, delivering a one-stop window-shop for the industry to access a wealth of knowledge and experience.

“We understand the challenges faced by contractors, and by combining all of the fenestration elements into one package, supporting timely installation and managing the process from beginning to end, we can reduce the stress on all parties, offer remarkable cost savings, while delivering a first-rate product.”