JELD-WEN, one of the leading timber window manufacturers, has seen a huge increase in demand for its ‘special’ windows service. The requirements for both new and existing buildings to become more energy efficient and have lower carbon emissions, plus the introduction of the Code for Sustainable Homes means that for both private and public sector dwellings the right choice of window has never been more important.

With the wide variety of glazing options available, including gas filling, Low-E and triple glazing, there is a wide range of high performance windows available on the market. Specifiers are also looking for ‘special products’ to meet their specific needs, such as windows that offer better acoustic performance, achieve really low U-values or that come with enhanced security benefits.

Tony Pell, Product Manager at JELD-WEN explains: “There are so many different options available that we work closely with specifiers from the start to design a window that meets their needs. The tightening Building Regulations and the requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes means correct window selection is vital and the fact that we offer them on shorter lead times is providing an invaluable service to customers. Choosing the right window can save literally hundreds of pounds a year on energy bills, as well as enhancing the aesthetics of a build and adding to its sustainability.”

JELD-WEN offers one of the UK’s widest ranges of competitively priced standard and special timber windows. The company recently introduced Hi Profile Combi, an advanced window system offering total flexibility in window design and configuration.

Tony Pell said: “Timber has excellent thermal performances and by offering special glass and frame options we can provide customers with some of the lowest window U-values in the market. We have already supplied many customers with gas filled units and triple glazing as part of achieving even greater energy efficiency. The great thing about timber is that it is also the only truly sustainable material and is currently seeing a resurgence in both the replacement and new build sectors.”

To make the selection of windows as simple and straightforward as possible, JELD-WEN has released its 80 page Technical Guide to Timber windows and external joinery.

With the ever tightening Building Regulations, windows and external joinery products are becoming more demanding to specify and the guide is there to show the options available and to guide the builder or architect through the whole process. It also gives in-depth sizes and specifications for popular window styles, such as sliding sash and bay windows and vital information on factory finishes, glazing types and energy ratings.

JELD-WEN has recently seen an upsurge in sales of its timber windows and external joinery products. This is largely being driven by housing associations and developers, who recognise the environmental and aesthetic benefits of timber. As all JELD-WEN’s softwood timber windows and external joinery products are PEFC Chain of Custody Certified, which means they can be tracked back to the forest to ensure they originate from a well managed sustainable source.

JELD-WEN’s window specialists can advise on all window and external joinery requirements and can be contacted on 0845 122 2890 or visit the website

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