Edgetech customer Green Building Store’s Ecoplus System high performance timber windows have been selected for a new 40-bed care home in Beverley commissioned by East Riding Council. Architect Dave Hall and Architectural Technician Mike Plaxton were keen to give it a domestic ambience so that residents would feel less ‘institutionalised’. To this end, the home was designed around small 6/7 bedroom clusters - with numerous social areas being spread throughout the home. To enhance a more domestic feeling, the use of natural timber for windows and doors was preferred over the more familiar Council choice of aluminium. After much research into different timber window options, the architects chose Green Building Store’s Ecoplus System windows and doors. According to architect Dave Hall, “We were very impressed with the quality of the Ecoplus System windows and doors – they were definitely the best quality of all the timber window systems we looked at”.
The Ecoplus System’s low U-values (1.5W/m2K) and use of Super Spacer warm edge technology were also a big advantage in the design. The low U values helped the architects maximise the size of windows in residents’ bedrooms. They were keen to make the rooms attractive enough for residents to stay in their own rooms during the day if they wished and used a low sill height so that residents could have a good view outside. Use of the warm edge Super Spacer helps reduce heat loss and condensation at the edge of the glazing units, increasing comfort for residents. The architects were also pleased with the Ecoplus System’s use of FSC 100% timber – an improvement on other window manufacturers’ use of FSC Mixed timber – which helped to enhance the sustainable aspects of the project.
In total, Green Building Store supplied over 100 windows and doors to the site. The project was completed in 2007 and residents have now moved in. Architect Dave Hall hopes that high performance timber windows will be used more widely throughout the Authority – eg on schools projects. He has been very impressed with the quality of the Ecoplus System windows and doors and would definitely specify them again for future projects.