Environmental policy and sustainability

Whether you are installing windows in a new build or replacing existing windows, it is good to know that the product you choose has been designed and manufactured with the environment in mind.

Design

Broxwood products have been designed in co-operation with local environment regulation. Conservation of energy is the main design consideration to all Broxwood windows and doors .

Pollution

Chemicals to protect and conserve our product are selected with the intention to have as minimal as possible negative impact on our environment. Large investments in manufacturing technology insure no surplus material leaves the fully controlled environment of our premises.

Materials

Broxwood will, wherever possible, supply products constructed with recyclable or reusable materials .

Resources

Raw materials and part components will be selected from renewable sustainable resources whenever possible.

Energy

Products will be produced from materials, which in itself take the least amount of energy to produce. We will undertake to promote the use of the best possible energy saving products available.

Upgrading the thermal efficiency of your windows and doors will not only make your home more comfortable to live in but it will help to reduce your carbon footprint and save on your energy bills.

Waste

Production waste is whenever possible recycled or used for purposes such as protective material or to generate in-house energy. Materials to protect the products during transit will be recyclable whenever possible.

Wood as a raw material

Timber is the only truly renewable standard construction material and is 100% recyclable, unlike many “alternative” materials. Timber is also long-lasting. Many timber windows in use today are more than 100 years old

Broxwood products are all timber which comes from sustainable well-managed forests, which are P.E.F.C certified (Pan European Forest Certification.) and FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council). Such forests are now managed to ensure that valuable timber resources are maintained. For every tree that is felled, another two are planted. There is twice as much wood in these forests today as existed 100 years ago, confirming the renewability and sustainability of managed timber sources.

Sustainability

Sustainable timber provides a material for construction, which is strong, light, durable and attractive, but additionally provides important benefits to the environment.

Increased use of timber increases the planting of trees, since more trees are now planted than felled in managed forests. Official UN/ECE statistics show that European stocks of unharvested trees in the forest are growing at a rate of 252 million cubic metres a year. That would be enough to build 21 million homes.

Growing trees also absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, in a process called photosynthesis. It is known that younger trees are more efficient at this. Therefore the constant harvesting and replanting of trees helps to reduce carbon dioxide and increase the supply of oxygen – more than simply leaving mature trees standing.

Using timber from well-managed forests for construction is an environmentally sound choice. Supplies are constantly being replenished, to the benefit of us all, both now and in the future.

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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