Sourcing Timber For New Sash Windows

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What timber are sash windows made from?

When choosing any product that includes new timber, it is really important to know the source and sustainability of the wood. The environment and our atmosphere depend upon trees. Human development and commerce can often come at a cost to the biosphere.

Ventrolla takes this responsibility seriously. That’s why they choose sustainably sourced Sapele and Accoya wood as the main timber in their new sash windows frame.

What is Sapele?

Sapele wood is a beautiful and versatile tropical hardwood that is widely used in the construction industry. But what about its sustainability? Fortunately, Sapele wood is considered a sustainable choice due to its relatively fast growth rate and the fact that it is widely available.

Sapele wood is also known for its durability, which makes it a popular choice for timber windows, which require strong and long-lasting materials. This hardwood is resistant to decay and insect damage, making it ideal for use in outdoor applications.

Moreover, Sapele wood is often harvested from managed forests, which means that the trees are carefully selected and replanted to ensure that the forest remains healthy and productive. This sustainable approach to forestry ensures that Sapele wood will be available for future generations.

In terms of its environmental impact, Sapele wood is a renewable resource that requires relatively low amounts of energy to produce and process. It also has a low carbon footprint, as it is a natural and biodegradable material.

Overall, Sapele wood is a sustainable and eco-friendly choice for those looking for durable and beautiful hardwood for their construction projects, including sash windows.

What is Accoya?

Accoya is a fast-growing sustainable wood that offers an alternative to slow-growing and often unsuitable hardwoods. The Accoya offers the same great performance as hardwood or other carbon-intensive materials, but without the damaging impact on the environment.

What is sustainable wood?

Sustainable wood is from trees that have been harvested responsibly from well-managed forests. The forests are continually replenished with new saplings with no damage to the local flora or fauna.

How do I know if timber is sustainably sourced?

There are a number of industry standards and accreditations that recognise sustainable wood. Look for a responsibly sourced stamp or the C2C (Cradle to Cradle) certification. Accoya wood has been C2C gold standard certified since 2010.

If you’re looking for new sash windows and want to know a little more about the ecological impact and sustainability of the product, please contact us.