Wood has a timeless charm: a warm natural material rich in nuances and with unique characteristics, it plays a key role both in the most traditional and in the most glamorous settings. But what about environmental sustainability? Is choosing timber windows really a concrete step towards safeguarding nature? Broadly speaking, the answer is yes for several reasons, even more so if the wood comes from certified forests with clear reforestation targets.
Timber windows produced with materials from FSC certified forests
FSC certified forests with clear reforestation targets ensure that the sourcing of the raw material does not harm the environment, on the contrary: timber windows are environmentally friendly from the outset
Timber windows from FSC certified forests are part of a virtuous supply chain, that not only safeguards woodland and ecosystems, but also ensures they are kept in perfect health, with positive effects on the environment
The first step is to choose timber windows whose raw material is sourced from these forests: but what do these certifications mean? In short, it confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves the natural ecosystems, and the relationship between the adult plants being cut and the saplings being planted is evenly maintained, so that the forest enjoys a perfect balance.
Timber windows: a material that is environmentally friendly in every respect
The production process for timber windows requires less energy consumption, they last for a long time and when they must eventually be disposed of they have the added advantage of being completely biodegradable
We have seen how sourcing timber from FSC-certified forests has no negative impact on the environment, so that timber windows are environmentally sustainable from the outset. But what about the rest of their life cycle? Actually, the production process of timber windows consumes on average less energy than that of PVC windows, and does not require the use of highly polluting chlorine.
The differences between the various product types are even starker when their life cycle ends and they must be disposed of: a timber window is completely biodegradable in a natural way. On the contrary, if PVC is improperly dispersed in the environment, its effects are highly polluting and it requires a great deal of energy to be recycled
If eco-sustainability is undoubtedly measured in how raw materials are sourced, processed and disposed of at the end of their life cycle, another aspect should be taken into due consideration: durability. The longer a product can successfully withstand the passage of time, the lower its environmental impact in like-for-like conditions. A good quality timber window can last as long as the building it was fitted into, with minimal maintenance, and it can be easily repaired in case of damage.
A whole range of timber windows for energy-efficient homes
Eco-sustainability must also be measured against the environmental performance that can be achieved: PB Finestre has an entire product range dedicated to homes that meet the highest energy standards
One might think that today's technological materials are more efficient than a material that has been used for thousands of years such as wood: in truth, it is not only an excellent natural insulator, but a window's acoustic and thermal performance depends more on its design and overall construction than on the material used to manufacture its frame. This is why timber windows are environmentally friendly even from the point of view of energy saving.
PB Finestre believes so much in energy conservation, that it has launched an entire range of timber windows dedicated to energy-efficient buildings: it goes by the name of E-SAVE, an innovative line designed for low-energy homes, passive houses, energy climate houses (ECHs), homes with class A+ energy certification and green building constructions. Our production output guarantees ideal thermal transmittance values for significant energy savings.