Another project featuring NorDan windows and doors has scooped a top award. The Barratt Green House, with the industry-leading low U-value NorDan NTech Passive windows, has won the Building Sustainability Awards 2008, Sustainable Building of the Year (small project).
Cardiff and London-based architect Gaunt Francis won the national architectural competition for the British Home Awards House of the Future last year which was organised by the Mail on Sunday, Building Design and Real Estate TV. And it was these plans that were picked up by Barratt to build the Green House. The three-storey three-bedroom family home, which meets level six of the Code for Sustainable Homes, is now at BREs Innovation Park in Watford.
Katja Timmermann, project architect, Gaunt Francis, says: Weve looked at NorDan windows before on other developments so they were a natural choice to talk to again for this. But there were some key reasons why we specified NorDan for the job.
Firstly, NorDan was virtually the only company that could provide a certified combined frame and glazing total U-value, and getting that best possible low U-value from the triple glazed NTech Passive was key in achieving our objectives for these plans.
Secondly, working with a company that had Secured by Design accreditation was an important factor, as was a product that used sustainable materials both criteria that NorDan fulfilled.
The NorDan NTech Passive timber window, with its industry-leading low whole window U-values of 0.7W/m2K and insulated frames, provides outstanding energy saving with exceptionally low embodied energy and full sustainability credentials. The timber used in NorDan production has full PEFC chain of custody certification and for an even more durable and low-maintenance finish, aluminium cladding is available. Plus, the companys windows and doors are specified to the police-preferred Secured by Design accreditation.
For the Green House design, NorDan balcony doors and large NTech Passive windows were specified, with a glazing equivalent of approximately 25% of floor area, to create a light, airy home and comfortable living environment. NorDan is frequently asked to provide large or unusual windows for bespoke projects and its dedicated specialist contractors department can provide a complete supply and fix solution, with full project management, for larger projects from initial enquiry through to final handover.
The Barratt Green House is the first by a mainstream house builder that is so environmentally friendly it would meet the criteria for zero stamp duty. Following a two-year assessment the most successful aspects of the home will be applied to future Barratt home building developments.