WINDOW PERFORMANCE ENHANCED WITH NEW HARDWARE

JELD-WEN UK has been working closely with international hardware manufacturer Yale to upgrade its Hi Profile Combi 1.5 timber window design to provide even greater performance benefits.

The Hi Profile Combi window is ideal for use in the social housing refurbishment and new build sector as it offers total flexibility in window design and configuration as well as easy maintenance and durability. The window is also becoming renowned for its energy efficiency benefits as it is supplied with a double glazed 24mm argon gas filled unit giving a centre pane U-value of 1.2W/m²K and achieves a whole window thermal transmittance of 1.5W/m²K.

The fully reversible window rotates fully to enable cleaning of both sides of the sash within the safety and comfort of the home. A key feature in the operation of the Yale hinge is that it allows the rotation of the window to take place outside so as not to collide, damage or interfere with window blinds, curtains or internal sill displays.

The improved hinge specification means the window is now even easier to use. The high grade reversible window hinge comes in half module sizes allowing Jeld-Wen to produce a window with perfect geometry and balance. This benefits the end user by giving smooth operation and allowing total control when opening, closing and fully rotating the window.

With an estimated 2,500 falls from windows every year, safety is of paramount importance. This allows the opening of the sash window to be performed only by a parent, guardian or warden. Social housing providers can be confident that the window provides the required levels of security and safety by meeting the requirements of British Standards.

The built-in restrictor mechanism allows the window to be opened freely to 100mm. Pushing the integral lockable release button once will allow the window to open another 100mm and a third operation will allow the window to reverse fully to the wash position.

The hinges are also completely concealed within the window, which again enhances the aesthetic appeal of the complete window.

Security was an important consideration and the adoption of the Yale hinge range ensured that the windows conform to the BS7950, the British Standard that relates to the safety and security of whole windows. The window also complies with Secured by Design specification

All Hi Profile Combi windows have Yale integral lockable restrictors that comply with current fire escape regulations in addition to exceeding CEN Class 4 corrosion resistance.

The Yale hinge range provides complete flexibility through a wide range of operational options, such as side-hung and top-hung reversible, which match externally to give a uniform effect.

Tests were carried out on the window with the hardware in place in JELD-WEN’s UKAS-accredited research & development centre in Sheffield to ensure it met with weather performance standards and general robustness.

Tony Pell, Product Manager for JELD-WEN, explains: “We are seeing a major resurgence in demand for timber windows from the social housing and new build sector and this new window meets all the requirements for safety, performance and aesthetics.”

“Having the correct hardware was a vital part of the overall product offer and Yale created a workable solution that met all our criteria and this has led to a significant increase in sales for this popular range.

“Having the correct product range is only part of the qualification process of any supplier we evaluate; it also important that they can provide the comprehensive service including full technical support. To this end, we are delighted with the level of technical support we have received from Yale’s sales and technical service team.

Warren Yates, Commercial Manager for Yale UK, said: “The brief was to design a hardware system that would improve the window’s operation, as well as ensuring it met all health & safety and performance requirements, while allowing Jeld-Wen to improve the aesthetics of their window design. We are satisfied that the new hardware meets these requirements and are delighted with how well the product has been received by the market. “

This is the second major innovation to its range recently as JELD-WEN also recently worked with Yale to develop the first French casement door set for its Clifton door, which is approved to PAS23/24 and meets with Secured by Design requirements. The Specification Standard has been in place for single doors for some time, but has only been applicable to double door sets more recently.

Tony Pell of JELD-WEN explains: “Enhanced security is increasingly in demand from many of our customers and we were delighted to release to the market the first French door set that met this standard. Innovation and new product development is helping to drive our products forward and we are looking forward to developing our business even further within the new build and public sectors.”

JELD-WEN windows have achieved the BSI Kitemark and are accredited to the British Woodworking Federation’s Timber Window Accreditation Scheme. JELD-WEN is also one of the key members of the newly formed Wood Window Alliance (WWA).

JELD-WEN UK is part of JELD-WEN US, a company that is at the forefront of innovation and new product development for timber windows, door sets and patio doors. JELD-WEN has a strict environmental policy and all its softwood windows and doors are accredited with full Chain of Custody certification. The company’s ethos is Reliability for Real Life, which reflects its commitment to delivering quality products backed up with dedicated customer service.

For more information contact JELD-WEN on 0845 122 2890 or visit the website www.jeld-wen.co.uk

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