Owen Dare, a founder partner of The Joinery Network and managing director at OT Dare Joinery Consultants, talks about how fenestration manufacturers can now make superior, fully certified timber windows and doors.
There’s a growing appetite for timber windows. The sustainability generation has moved public opinion to look at what we eat, wear and what we put in our homes. Timber is the natural fit for windows, but the lack of supply for good quality, certified windows in UK designs has stifled growth, and many installers have discounted wooden windows as an option.
Born through a shared frustration that timber windows had become a niche product rather than a popular choice for UK homes, eight companies came together to create The Joinery Network. Our first task was to bring a consistent supply of timber windows, manufactured to all the regulations new-build homes require, the same standards that PVC-U and aluminium installers expect.
The Joinery Network consists of eight founder partners: BJ Waller, Balls2 Marketing, CalWin, Close Brothers, DJH Group, Fiscale, Leitz Tooling UK, and OT Dare Joinery Consultants. Together, we offer a complete range of specialisation for window fabrication. Alongside my 30 years’ experience in manufacturing timber windows, we also have tooling, hardware, finance, tax credits, joinery software and marketing.
Lignum windows and doors
Since our launch at the FIT Show last year, we have developed Lignum, a UK-design, PAS 24 tested window system. Other timber window systems that have all the accreditations are often European in design, with ultra-modern styling and chunky outerframes commonly used with tilt-and-turn mechanisms. So having a UK design of the window was key for us, as most UK home designs required slimmer frames and more traditional multi-pane openings.
As well as the UK design, Lignum ticks all the boxes for easy manufacturing. The founder members clubbed together to fund the development of the system and pay for product testing to create a complete range of timber windows and doors.
Lignum, by The Joinery Network, includes a comprehensive range of every product fabricators need to offer a suited range of certified windows and doors. It includes vertical sliding box sash windows, vertical sliding spiral balance, top & side swing flush casement and storm-proof windows. For doors, there are entrance doors, (including low thresholds), French doors, single doors, (including in and out opening), and bi-fold doors.
We’ve invested in testing Lignum to PAS 24:2016 for security – this is the latest standard required for SBD and Document Q; and BS 6375: 1 for weathertightness and energy efficiency; as well as Document M for accessibility. This means all products in the range are tested to the most up to date Building Regulations.
With testing now complete, we offer licences for fabricators and joinery manufacturers on individual window and doors, so that companies can choose the products they want. They can have just one licence, the whole range – or anything in-between. This means that fabricators can now manufacture a certified timber window at a fraction of the cost of designing and certifying their own product.
The Joinery Network partners have already provided expertise to support joinery companies set up efficient timber window and door lines and are already seeing Lignum windows and doors being manufactured and installed into new-build and refurbishment projects.
Information and workshops
The Joinery Network is committed to building a network of independent timber window and door manufacturers. We run regular events; hands-on workshops allow visitors to see the finished products, as well as the machinery and tooling. The new Lignum branding and marketing support will also be available. There’s also an opportunity to talk with all the founder partners, and affiliates.
The next event is on 14 May and it’s hosted by one of our affiliate members Teknos, the window and door coatings specialist. Teknos is based in Launton, near Bicester in Oxfordshire. To book a free place email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.