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Passive house technology has been around for more than a 100 years and is commonly used in Germany, Austria and some Scandinavian countries. But at the rate we’re going it could be another 100 years before we see a real switch to passive building in the UK. So why aren't UK house builders building more passive houses?

Published on March 19th, 2012 by Olav Skretteberg

Help save the environment with new timber windows and doors

Norwegian industry relies heavily on timber for both its home market and exports, so we’re lucky that our indigenous trees grow in pace with demand. In fact, because of our sustainable approach to manufacturing and the environment, we now have twice as much wood in our forests than we did 100 years ago!

Published on February 24th, 2012 by Olav Skretteberg

Softwood or Hardwood?

Just recently we've noticed people coming to the Broxwood site via a Google to search for hardwood windows. This made us wonder, do people really want hardwood or do they simply believe hardwood to be a better choice than softwood?

Published on January 5th, 2012 by Olav Skretteberg

Preservative free timber – is it a realistic construction option?

Following on from my previous post, I’m going to talk some more about wood preservation. In the UK today, standard practice in construction is to specify preservative treated timber for external use. But as I previously stated, there are many examples from the past - where houses and other buildings constructed from preservative-free timber are still performing well after hundreds of years. So could we return to the days of preservative-free timber for windows and doors?

Published on November 1st, 2011 by Olav Skretteberg

Why Choose Timber Windows

People in the UK like timber windows and doors, yet many have switched to PVC. Why? Well, according to many salesmen, PVC doesn't rot like wood, it’s cheaper and of course it doesn't need painting. Sounds great but before you rush off to place your order, in this, my first blog post; I'm going to challenge that wisdom.

Published on September 30th, 2011 by Olav Skretteberg

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Broxwood’s passive house standard timber windows and doors provided the perfect solution for Findhorn’s ecovillage development. Read the Findhorn case study