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Homes transformed with Accoya® doors and windows

With summer fast approaching, many homeowners will be planning to use the milder weather to start thinking about renovations. Upgrading tired doors and windows with certain types of wood will help weather-proof and better insulate homes for many years to come. Beautifully crafted Accoya wooden window frames and doors best equip your home to withstand the UK weather all year round as well as helping to breathe new life into older properties.

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Leading modified wood product Accoya is considered by most installers, builders and DIY enthusiasts as the best wood for the job. With a reputation for being exceptionally low maintenance, Accoya has a long lifespan and comes with a 50 year warranty. The wood also has outstanding environmental credentials and is one of the greenest wood products on the market.


For UK homeowners, the most important factor when choosing doors and windows is that the product is resilient enough to withstand the changeable and often harsh UK weather. With driving rain and a stark contrast in summer and winter temperatures, wood used for windows and doors needs to offer superior insulating capabilities, be hard-wearing and require little maintenance over its full life cycle.

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Accoya windows, doors and shutters are proven to be durable, with no risk of warping or rot due to the process with which the wood is made. This makes any coatings, paints or varnishes last two times longer with Accoya than traditional woods, and require less preparation and sanding.

Accoya wood is also fantastically versatile and has been successfully installed in new build homes as well as historic properties. The wood can be used to create a wide range of designs, from the simple to the complex, offering a great choice of finishes and colours which makes it an ideal material for a multitude of properties – from bijou city apartments to grand Victorian villas.

Not only does the addition of bespoke Accoya doors and windows really complement the overall appearance of a home, homeowners can be safe in the knowledge that they will last for decades to come.

With years of research and product development, Accoya is modified through to its core to make it one of the most advanced wood products on the market today. Accoya is therefore one of the best quality woods for doors and windows on the market, with examples from around the UK and the world demonstrating its key features and benefits.

Fairlight Home, Hastings

Accoya architecture

Accoya architecture

Designed by London based architecture firm Alma-nac, this split level home replaces a 1950’s bungalow and run-down barn which sits on a hilltop in the village of Fairlight, on the southern coast of England.

Accoya was used for windows, window reveals and doors for the stylish property. The owners were keen to build an environmentally friendly home which took advantage of its picturesque hilltop location. Using Accoya allowed the family to install windows and doors which were developed with the highest green credentials and would withstand the exposed coastal location.

Berkshire Home, London

Accoya woodIn the heart of Berkshire, Accoya doors were tailor-made by SB Joinery to help create a stunning new home.

SB Joinery installed Accoya doors in the main Manor house as well as the Lodge House and outbuildings. Accoya wood was selected to complement the property’s appearance. Plus, the 50 year warranty was also a major factor when choosing Accoya over other woods.joinery blog

Winchester Home, Hampshire Accoya wood

This striking new build property in Winchester was built to last, with Accoya sliding sash windows, bifold doors, French doors and frames from SB Joinery’s Stockbridge range. Naturally insulating and highly durable, the owners were particularly impressed with the finish of the Accoya doors and windows and their performance in a range of weather conditions.

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Weybridge Home, Surrey

Manufactured by SB Joinery, Accoya was selected for French and bi-fold doors throughout this beautiful home in Weybridge, Surrey.Accoya Wood

The owners were after a natural wood finish which could also stand up to the elements. Accoya was used to provide a seamless finish, enhancing the overall look of the property. The doors were completely bespoke, designed to the highest specification throughout the property. Accoya was also selected due to the fact it does not shrink or swell during seasonal weather changes.

Country Home, Bath

Accoya Wood

Accoya was selected for the windows and French windows and doors throughout this stunning country home on the outskirts of Bath.


All of the windows and doors were completely bespoke and crafted using traditional methods by the team at Bath Bespoke. Working closely with the clients and architects, a combined mixture of styles – some sleek, contemporary elements as well as some period style mouldings – where created to complement the exposed stone throughout the property.

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Laura Keily, head of marketing for Accsys Technologies, commented: “Accoya is a fantastic product to add the finishing touches to your home. All of these stunning properties are great examples of the different types of doors and windows that can be made from one of the world’s most sustainable, resilient and best performing woods.

“Not only does the addition of the Accoya doors and windows really complement the overall appearance achieved by the properties, the homeowners can relax and enjoy them knowing they will last for many years so come. We hope to see many more residential projects featuring Accoya in the UK in the near future.”

Accoya windows and doors can be purchased through a selection of joinery firms across the UK. For more information click here.

AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre is a ‘Lancashire Hot Spot’ for Architects

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Architects can discover the full design potential of aluminium at the new AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre – a Lancashire ‘Hot Spot’ for aluminium windows and doors.

The specially designed centre is part of the leading aluminium fabricator’s new factory premises based in Blackburn and customers are invited to call in to see, touch and feel the full range of modern aluminium glazing products available for their project.

“The new centre has been designed to help our customers choose the best products to develop their projects,” explains Craig Miller, Managing Director of AluFoldDirect. “We have installed full-size, working displays of our range so they can see just how many options they have.

“The AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre aims to be a useful resource where the whole supply chain, from specification to end user, can get the best advice on how to choose aluminium glazing, backed by top customer support.

“The centre has been split into two separate zones, domestic and commercial and each area has been designed to reflect the look of a typical installation. The domestic zone has a homely feel and the commercial area is a coffee bar, providing a perfect place for customer consultations over a brew.

“It’s the ideal place to ask our on-site aluminium experts to help specify their project and get it right first time. We’ll listen to what our customers need and help them to realise their designs through our precise manufacturing, fast lead times and delivery direct to site.”

For domestic glazing, the AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre includes the new Technic-AL RD1 residential door as well as AluFoldDirect’s best-selling range of aluminium bi-folding doors and slimline windows.

Commercial customers can see aluminium entrance doors and curtain walling using the highly-respected Jack Aluminium system.  The door is equipped with the ISEO Multiblindo lock, the latest advance in versatile commercial security.

Craig adds: “The AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre is open 8:30am – 5:30pm, Mon to Fri, so feel free to drop by to discuss your project with us or visit http://www.alufolddirect.co.uk/aluminium-showroom.html to find out more.”

Leitz Tooling launches ThermoTech Window System Lite


Adding to its range of tooling solutions for A and A+ BFRC energy rated timber window production, Leitz Tooling has launched the “Lite” version of its ThermoTech Window System.

The current ThermoTech Window tooling system is hugely successful and working for many joinery and window manufacturing companies around the UK. Leitz has now added ThermoTech Lite – producing traditional-looking high performance timber windows – to the range.

As with their original ThermoTech Window System, ThermoTech Lite will be available with BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council) energy rated licences for most variations of timber window manufacture. With full and ongoing back-up and support from the company, Leitz’s ThermoTech Window Systems are considered by its customers as one of the fastest, easy to use, reassuring and profitable systems on the market:


“The fact that Leitz has already done the work with the BFRC for energy rated window licences was a key factor in our decision to buy their tooling, and we’re winning most of the work we quote for.” TimberMaster, Rugby

“We make timber windows for contractors, developers, housing associations and home-owners, and the tooling system from Leitz means we now make them quicker and easier than ever before.” T O’Malley Joinery Ltd, Lancashire.


Leitz ThermoTech Lite Window System is a complete, compliant and scalable system for the manufacture of high quality timber windows by large manufacturers and small sized joinery companies alike, opening up new markets and business opportunities and responding to demand from manufacturers as well as architects and contractors.

Offering traditional aesthetics for the UK marketplace, the ThermoTech Lite system features Leitz’s renowned durability. Easy to set-up for repeatable, precise manufacture every time, the system is available in multi-tool or dedicated sets for spindle moulders, tenoners, CNC routers and window machines.


In addition to the ability to create thinner (60mm vs 68mm), more elegant box sashes, Leitz’s ThermoTech Lite system also includes capacity for triple-glazed with the addition of simple tooling elements – no need to buy a complete new set of tooling.

The features and benefits of the ThermoTech Lite Window System mean that all design U values of the timber windows are 1.4 or better, the designs are expandable for different hinges (including Sumo, Cotswold and Defender hinges), and the profiles on the system are easily changed, without needing to purchase extra tools.

Brian Maddox, Sales Manager for Leitz Tooling UK said, “We have removed the burden of design, tooling, set up and window simulation thermal testing for the energy performance rating; the only things we don’t do is actually performance test the window or make it. Our ThermoTech Lite Window System gives the opportunity for much wider high quality manufacture of A and A+ rated thermal performance wood windows.”

The system supports all variations to suit any type of manufacturer, with any type of specification, with flexibility. As a low cost, dedicated modular system, it is as accessible and as future-proof as possible, and includes all the support customers might need, including custom window design and the cost of simulation to BRFC regulations to get the approved energy ratings.

As always, Leitz is focused on increased productivity, reduced downtime, noise, scrap, and improved quality and safety in tested tooling design. All tooling from Leitz is manufactured and safety tested to BS EN847 standards helping to ensure the welfare of customer employees.

For more information Leitz Tooling and ThermoTech Lite, visit www.leitz-tooling.co.uk or contact salesuk@leitz.org.

Imago makes the ‘big decision’ easy for timber doors


With today’s engineered woods, anything is possible.  In Vancouver, construction has just finished on the world’s largest timber building – and architects believe that wood will become the key construction material of the 21st century.

For homeowners, too, timber allows huge flexibility as anybody who has watched Grand Designs will know.  Timber looks equally impressive for refurbishments, extensions or cutting-edge architecture.

That’s why AGB Hardware has engineered its Imago Lift & Slide system to make the most of this versatility.

“Timber lift and slide doors are the ideal way for homeowners to fit wide-span glazed doors to their home,” says Marco Zen, UK and Ireland Sales Manager for AGB Hardware.

“We developed Imago to meet modern demands for homes that are filled with light and offer impressive panoramic views into the garden.  With advances in engineered timber such as Accoya, there are even more opportunities for architects, joinery manufacturers and fabricators to make the decision to think big with their designs.”

The cleverly engineered Imago hardware enables the creation of timber frames as slender as just 2cm, for large glazing areas that frame the view.  This is combined with a light-touch, sliding door mechanism for fluid, silent opening and closing.

AGB manufactures Imago is proving a popular choice with architects, thanks to the ability to extend the glazed area of the door.  The architects behind CentroSoranzo, a social health facility near Venice, chose Imago because it meant they could fit even more glass into the area, so that guests to the centre can feel the benefits of being at one with nature even when they’re inside.

In the UK, Imago Lift & Slide doors can be ordered by the trade as a ready-made, installation product. Marco confirms: “Several Imago Points, our network of joinery manufacturers, are making Imago doors to supply direct, helping ambitious installers to grasp the opportunities of timber doors.”

For more information, visit www.chooseimago.co.uk

FREE RIBA-approved CPD seminars offered by PVC-U leader, The VEKA UK Group


The VEKA UK Group is offering architects, specifiers, contractors and consultants the chance to further their understanding of PVC-U and its use in fenestration, while simultaneously earning points towards their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – FREE of charge.

The upcoming seminars – to be delivered throughout the country by The VEKA UK Group’s Commercial team – are approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), illustrating their value for professionals in the commercial sector.

Richard Garland, Head of Commercial Sales for The VEKA UK Group explains: “Among the topics covered in the seminars will be commonly held misconceptions surrounding PVC-U – particularly in comparison to its counterparts; timber and aluminium.

“Besides its often-overlooked design flexibility, PVC-U fenestration can hold numerous environmental benefits, such as sustainability, cost savings and CO2 emission reductions.

“As our recent #JustTheFACTS marketing campaign has highlighted, we are not in the business of embellishing ‘statistics’; largely as we don’t need to – our figures speak for themselves. By the same token, attendees at our CPD seminars can be confident that they are sharing in technical knowledge, developed over years of experience as part of the world’s leading PVC-U profile manufacturers.”

The free sessions – which are designed to be interesting as well as informative – will run throughout the country, and interested architects, specifiers, contractors and consultants are invited to register their interest as soon as possible.

“We will be conducting seminars at locations across the UK”, Richard continues. “We also welcome enquiries from representatives who wish to request a dedicated session for themselves and their team, and are happy to attend at their premises to deliver the training.

“This represents the first of several CPD offerings that The VEKA UK Group will be introducing over the coming months, and we’re excited to share our knowledge, make connections throughout the industry, and continue our proactive role within the fenestration community. We look forward to meeting you at a seminar soon!”

To register your interest in attending an upcoming seminar or requesting a session to be conducted at your premises, please email commercialenquiry@veka.com or call 01282 716 611. All training is free, RIBA-approved, and – upon completion – attendees will be issued with a certificate that counts towards their CPD record.

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Bespoke Lumen Rooflights help transform modest traditional London apartment into a luxurious modernist home

Lumen has supplied five stunning bespoke rooflights for an exciting mid-Victorian apartment conversion in South West London.

The client, Zach Pulman Design, commissioned the rooflights to exacting specifications in terms of sizes, appearance and operation, with concealed electric actuation and electric blinds.

Lumen Rooflight

The new rooflights have helped to transform what was a modest traditional apartment into a luxurious modernist home.


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Everglade offers the Ultion lock as standard on composite doors

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London-based fabricator Everglade is offering customers the Ultion 3-star cylinder lock as standard on its full range of Palladio and Solidor composite doors.

“There was a big buzz about Ultion at this year’s FIT Show,” says Everglade Sales Director Jay Patel, “and we thought it was the perfect product for adding extra value for our customers.

“As a business with a retail history, we understand how important it is to give our customers a competitive edge, which is why our full range of Kömmerling PVCu windows and doors is Secured by Design accredited.

“Security is always high on the agenda for homeowners, and since Ultion’s research found that 43 percent of home intrusions are made by forcing the lock, it makes sense to invest in offering even better security on cylinders.”

Everglade added the Ultion lock to its composite doors after showing the Ultion security video to their installer customers at the Everglade Customer Conference in May.

“They were really impressed with the cylinder’s lock-down mode and the Sold Secure Diamond testing,” continues Jay.

“Adding Ultion as standard to our composite door range means installers can offer their customers an ultra-secure lock for their homes which is backed by an impressive £1,000 guarantee from Ultion and extra convenience with its clever ‘keyring’ technology.

“Everglade is committed to offering a total value-added package for customers to help them grow their businesses. We combine a great product range made from the best components in the industry with great service and expert manufacturing for a full package that their customers want. That’s why this brilliant piece of hardware is such a welcome addition to our range.”

The Ultion lock is fitted across Everglade’s complete range of Palladio and Solidor composite doors. For more information, call 020 8998 8775.


Customers turn to Alufold Direct for aluminium triangular and gable windows

AluFoldDirect is seeing a significant trend towards aluminium windows, and a growing percentage are large or unusually shaped windows. Customers benefit from AluFoldDirect’s precise manufacturing and fast lead times of 1 week unglazed, 2 weeks glazed.

Triangular windows are an area where AluFoldDirect can make a difference.  “These are hyper-modern and a real alternative to leaded lights, but require a detailed level of hand-made craftsmanship because every window needs different angles,” explains Craig Miller, Managing Director at AluFoldDirect.

“For each window, we have to work out the exact geometry and hand make the bracketing before we fabricate the window.  In theory, it’s time-consuming and fiddly, but by applying the same process we use across all of our windows we can do them quickly and do them well.”

Gable windows are increasingly popular in aluminium, because the thin profile and choice of colours gives a slimline profile that maximises the glazing area.  AluFoldDirect typically fabricates up to 3-4 metres wide and 10 metres tall.

A choice of profile gives installers and builders even greater flexibility.  In addition to its slim window profile, many people prefer the square cut curtain walling appearance.  These frames go up from ground level to cover all the floors and then shape to a point on top, for example in the loft space.

With its recent move to a new 35,000 sq ft factory in Blackburn, AluFoldDirect has created a dedicated window manufacturing area for customers.  The company has invested in a bigger saw, enabling cutting of larger profiles to meet demand for gables.

Like all AluFoldDirect products, customers simply measure the exact aperture once ready and send the dimensions.  They’ll then receive it within 1 week unglazed or 2 weeks glazed, direct to site.


New Law Helps Self-Builders Get the View They’ve Always Dreamed Of

AGB is urging self-builders to declare their intention to local authorities, as a new law forces councils to help them find suitable land for planning permission.

The hardware manufacturer is already seeing real interest from the self-build market in its Imago Lift & Slide system and believes that the recent changes to the law will lead to further growth as ambitious self-builders seize the opportunity to create their dream home.

Under the Housing & Planning Act 2016, which came into law in July, local authorities have a duty to meet demand for self-build and custom house building by providing planning permission for appropriate plots of land.

“With the Housing & Planning Act now in effect, there’s never been more support from the Government to make a start and find that dream view,” says Marco Zen, UK and Ireland Sales Manager for AGB Hardware.

“The level of demand is assessed based on a register that local councils must keep of interest from local self-builders.  Anybody thinking of building their own home should tell their local authority and get onto that register.  The greater the interest locally, the more help and choice they’ll receive from the council to find their ideal plot of land.”

AGB makes Imago Lift & Slide, the leading hardware for timber lift and slide doors – a popular choice for self-builders for its slimline aesthetics and its ability to create large glazing areas that frame the view.

“Self-builders are an uncompromising audience who want to put a personal stamp on where they live and Imago is perfect for making the most of the view they’ve always dreamed of,” confirms Marco.

“By using Imago, self-builders can achieve superb panoramic glazing cost-effectively, as our lift & slide door system is engineered with fewer components to simplify the construction for joiners.”

There is growing awareness of how important self-build is to the UK housing market.  A recent report by RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects, declared that: “Self-build and custom build add value to a locality, can be an affordable route to home ownership, and are valuable as delivery mechanisms for new, high-quality homes.”


110 VEKA casements from Sovereign complete stylish Sussex housing development

SOVEREIGN WINDOWSLancashire-based Sovereign Group Ltd. has completed a significant project of window fabrication and installation for a sustainable home development, using industry-leading PVC-U systems from The VEKA UK Group.

Sovereign’s client, Hastoe Housing Association owns and manages over 7,000 properties across more than 70 local authorities, and has won numerous awards for the environmental credentials, craftsmanship, and sustainability of its homes.

Mike Ferguson, Marketing Manager for Sovereign Group explains: “This particular development is situated in Brede, a village not far from the coastal town of Hastings in East Sussex. We worked alongside local contractor, Westridge Construction whose vast and varied portfolio already features considerable experience of community housing projects.

“What differentiates the fenestration in this project from many residential developments is the size of the windows. Suitable rooms on both the ground and upper floors were treated to casements with additional fixed sashes beneath the traditional threshold of windows in UK homes – the obvious benefits being increased light ingress and a greater sense of connection from the interior to the outdoors.”

While increased glazed areas would historically lessen a home’s energy efficiency and thermal insulation, Sovereign’s use of VEKA M70 profile enabled minimum U-values of 1.4 to be achieved throughout. “M70 has long been considered a ‘standard’ throughout the industry”, Mike continues. “Besides its crisp, understated looks – a great match for the modernistic styling of these properties – its technical and security credentials have future-proofed these buildings for many years; reinforcing the sustainability at the heart of the project.

SOVEREIGN WINDOWS“M70’s compatibility with the highest quality hardware enabled us to fit Securistyle Defender Restrictor hinges, key-locking handles to ground-floor and other appropriate windows, and green-buttoned unlockable systems at fire and emergency egress points. A combination of toughened plain and stipple-light glazing from Cotswold completed the units, which were foiled in grey to continue the contemporary aesthetic – evident throughout the project as a whole.”

Sovereign fabricated and installed a total of 110 outward-opening casement windows into the development of two and three-bedroomed homes, with a value of around £34k.

Karen Hillhouse, Head of Development for Hastoe Housing Association said: “The VEKA window system is not only a suitable and reliable product, but it fits in with the vernacular of the area, which is essential to any development.

“We are delighted with the work Sovereign has done on our Brede scheme. The properties look great and we are confident in the fabrication and performance of the homes.”