Timber Windows and Modern Glazing bridging the gap between traditional and modern

19 April 2024

A Retrofit Renaissance

With retrofitting outweighing rebuilding within the UK to help reduce carbon emissions and enhance energy efficiency, architects design and fuse traditional timber windows with modern glazing, often yielding captivating results. Timber windows, with their timeless appeal, have been a staple in architectural aesthetics for centuries. Paired with modern glazing techniques, they not only preserve the classic charm but also elevate functionality and energy efficiency to Passivhaus levels. Black House Farm shortlisted for RIBA South Awards 2024

Timber Windows Preserving Tradition 

Timber windows evoke a sense of warmth, character, and craftsmanship that is hard to replicate with other materials. Their natural beauty and versatility have made them a favourite among homeowners and architects alike. From rustic cottages to contemporary urban dwellings, timber windows seamlessly blend into diverse architectural styles, adding a touch of elegance and authenticity. With the advancement of innovative timber and glazing, it is possible to specify thermally broken solid timber windows with an aluminium bead which prevents rotting and swelling. Avino Primo timber windows achieve this in a wide range of wood options. The high performance timber and glazing innovations are helping to spur a retrofit renaissance throughout the UK.  

One of the notable advantages of timber windows lies in their sustainability. Wood is a renewable resource, and when sourced responsibly, it can contribute to a more eco-friendly built environment. Additionally, timber offers excellent thermal insulation properties, aiding in energy conservation and reducing heating and cooling costs. 

Modern Glazing Connects Traditional with New

With retrofits on the rise in traditional and listed buildings, a common trend is the extended kitchen dining space with easy access to the outdoors via minimal windows sliding glass doors or glazed extension on the ground floor while traditional timber windows remain to the upper floors and often the front elevations. Slim profiles represent a notable advancement in glazing design, allowing for larger glass surfaces while maintaining structural integrity. This design innovation not only maximises natural light penetration but also provides unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Maximising light and preserving heritage with a glass box extension

Passivhaus Standards Setting the Benchmark 

In the pursuit of energy-efficient homes, Passivhaus standards have emerged as the gold standard. Originating in Germany, Passivhaus (or Passive House) principles prioritise airtight construction, high levels of insulation, and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. Timber windows, when integrated with modern glazing techniques, play a crucial role in achieving these rigorous standards. 

 By minimising heat loss and maximising solar gain, timber windows and modern glazing contribute to creating a comfortable living environment while drastically reducing energy consumption. The combination of slim profiles and Passivhaus standards not only meets the functional requirements of a modern home but also aligns with sustainability goals and architectural aesthetics. The synergy between timber windows, modern glazing, slim profiles, and Passivhaus standards represents a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation in architectural design. As homeowners increasingly prioritise sustainability, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal, embracing these elements can transform houses into eco-friendly sanctuaries that stand the test of time. Whether renovating a historic residence or designing a contemporary masterpiece, the timeless allure of timber windows and the cutting-edge advancements in glazing technologies promise to elevate homes to new heights of beauty and functionality. 

Back in February when we marked our 10 year anniversary at Sky House, Avino –timber showroom was unveiled,  Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) and Clear Architects delivered compelling keynotes on ‘Building for Longevity’. ZHA shared the back story on its Forest Green Rovers stadium timber project, and Clear Architects shared its educational approach into considering the typology of the site, local materials, and ultimately a home geared towards a circular economy.  

Are you working on a requirement for timber windows and modern glazing?  Contact the team today to see how Avino and IQ Glass modern glazing systems can help. info@skyhousedesigncentre.com

Further reading: How to Build a Sustainable Home in Buckinghamshire  Interior trends shaping 2024

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