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The importance of windows for your wellbeing

2 Oct 2017

In essence, the term ‘well-being’ can be interpreted as ‘contentment’, which imbues a state of happiness and satisfaction.  This can be derived from many aspects of life, whether through work, sport, family relations, other hobbies or satisfying activities.

Specific to the Built Environment, a feeling of well-being is probably most important to us, in our own homes, where we strongly desire to be warm and comfortable and to feel safe and secure, protected from excessive heat, cold, noise and intruders. Where we can, if we choose to, shut out the World and feel safe and content in our own comfortable surroundings.

House design is key to attaining this - and a major contributor is the selection of doors and windows, since they play a vital role in maintaining these aspects of protection, despite being required to open for ventilation and access, as well as providing outward visibility and incoming natural light and heat.

In order to improve the quality of houses, as well as environmental protection, Government legislation, via The Building Regulations, has, for over a decade, been pushing up minimum standards of performance for thermal and acoustic insulation, as well as security (via the Police, Secured by Design initiative – ‘SBD’), which has put pressure on manufacturers of single material window systems (PVC, timber and aluminium), to try to keep up.  The nett result has seen a substantial shift towards ‘composite’ windows (made of more than one material), which are high quality, engineered timber windows with a complete external shield of aluminium, to protect the timber from water, whilst the timber protects aluminium from its poor thermal insulation values, thus a real ‘win-win’ situation and break-through in window design.  This is now renowned as the leading window material in London for residential and commercial developments, right across the spectrum, from Student Accommodation and Extra Care Schemes, to luxury apartment blocks in the most fashionable areas.

One of the longest established manufacturers of composite window systems, for over 30 years, is Uniform Group, based in Italy, with Uniform Architectural Ltd, Bristol, as their wholly-owned UK operation since 2013.

The Italian, precision designed and made, “uni_one®” composite system meets the challenge for high performance head-on, achieving impressive thermal insulation “U” values below 0.8 W/M2K (the ultimate Passive House standard, for which we are certified) – and equally important acoustic attenuation up to Rw50, providing a calm, peaceful interior even adjacent to a busy bus route or aircraft approach areas.

Simultaneously, uni_one windows and doors are strong enough to also provide a Police Preferred level of security, SBD certified, providing a robust and effective barrier to unwelcome intruders, which has already proved successful, many times.

There are many additional and often unique features within the uni_one range, including:-

  • Externally - Welded corner joints on the aluminium, so there is no joint to see, or to corrode. See photo.
  • Internally - The widest range of 12 colour/wood effects, from the very hard wearing SILK™ veneers, for sheer beauty, durability, damage resistance and ease of cleaning. See video of removing a permanent marker stain with acetone, from our window compared with a typical competitors painted window – which must be re-painted for full recovery.
  • All window sashes are glazed using structural silicone, like a car windscreen, to give the ultimate strength and weather seal, as well as using the glass stability to allow far larger opening windows to be produced – which architects often prefer.
  • All gaskets are vulcanised, meaning that they are sealed, so no ‘creep’ can occur away from the corners, over time, which is unsightly and can allow water ingress into the window from condensation. 


There is so much more, too!  Our full range includes balcony doors; Lift & Slide Patio doors up to 3 metres per sash, low threshold and SBD; Solid Oak instead of pine; Bronze instead of aluminium; Curtain walling; brise soleil; louvres; spandrels; solar control and triple glazing – plus your own bespoke preferences, where possible.

Uni_one® will change your perception of the ‘composite window’.  Permanently!