NorDan's energy efficent timber windows enhance education at BRE Curriculum House
Prototype home fully rendered by students of New College Lanarkshire
NorDan's Scandinavian timber windows feature in "The Curriculum House" live learning hub for New College Lanarkshire's Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology and Construction courses. Curriculum House has been constructed at the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig, North Lanarkshire, and is one of nine plots showcasing various energy efficient cost saving products and building solutions.
David Kelly, Group Director of the Innovation Parks Network advised us that:
"BRE was especially pleased to see the development of the Curriculum House at the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig. This project is unique in its approach as has rightly received a great deal of attention from the public and private sectors. BRE was also delighted to secure the support of NorDan for this particular project and for their continued support across many of the buildings constructed on BRE's Innovation Parks. NorDan continue to bring quality products to the market and their brand is synonymous with innovation and performance - key themes for our Innovation Parks."
The NorDan products on the scheme were part of Scotframe's thermally efficient timber frame solution; which was manufactured in Scotframes factory in Cumbernauld and designed by the Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology students from New College Lanarkshire.
"NorDan were the first company that the students thought of when they were investigating the windows and doors for the Curriculum House"
- Michael McGuire, Course leader, New College Lanarkshire
From concept to reality - the build begins to take shape
Michael McGuire, Course Leader for the Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology course at New College Lanarkshire informed us that:
"While deigning the Curriculum House, New College Lanarkshire architectural design students strived to make use of the best technology available to meet the strict environmental standards of the future home. NorDan were the first company that the students thought of when they were investigating the windows and doors for the Curriculum House. From the information available at the design stage, the relaxed attitude of the local authority with the integration of NorDan equipment to the exceptional build and installation quality, it was clear to the students that the products supplied would not only meet the standards required but excel in the energy performance requirements."
NorDan's high performing Topswing outward opening windows have been used on the project; averaging 1.2 W/m2K U-values throughout and helping to retain heat inside the building, reducing energy costs. All of the windows used at Curriculum House feature Secured By Design accreditation. Topswing windows enable safe cleaning from the inside as the sash can easily be rotated 180 degrees.
The single inward opening balcony door not only looks aesthetically pleasing but also benefits from burglar resistance due to its robust aluminium clad timber. The inward opening composite double balcony door completes the scheme.