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Accoya® is the trade name of the world’s leading high-tech long life timber that has changed the nature of quality joinery manufacture in recent years.
Using a patented non-toxic modification process known as acetylation, fast growing sustainable pine species are enhanced to become something akin to a super timber.
GOODWOOD FITCH uses Accoya® because:
It’s excellent dimensional stability, better even than traditional slow growing tropical hardwoods, allows us to confidently guarantee our windows' paint coatings for 10 years. This is because the paint cracking normally caused by movement in the base timber is virtually zero.
Accoya’s ‘Class 1’ durability and hardness has lead to several quality certifications including KOMO, RAL, BBA and WDMA. It is also warranted against fungal decay for at least 50 years above ground and 25 years in ground or in contact with fresh water. For this reason we guarantee GOODWOOD FITCH windows and doors against rot for 50 years.
Accoya® has the best thermal insulation properties of any timber and subsequently contributes towards the class leading energy rating of the GOODWOOD FITCH ‘Classic’ timber sash.
Accoya® has solid green credentials: holding the prestigious Gold-level certification from Cradle to Cradle® - made from sustainable Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) base timber, a non toxic enhancement process, CO2 negative over full life cycle, non-toxic and 100% biodegradable.
Precision engineered using traditional joinery methods & modern machinery
GOODWOOD FITCH uses traditional joinery methods that have stood the test of time - many hundreds of years - and created with cutting-edge machines to achieve a level of finish that is the envy of many other companies. We are meticulous about every joint, moulding and mitre and our overall attention to detail is at the forefront of everything we do to ensure the quality of each window or product is flawless.
GOODWOOD FITCH timber windows insurance-backed Guarantee.
GOODWOOD FITCH installed double-glazed timber windows and doors are guaranteed for a period of 10 years against complaints arising from faulty workmanship or defective materials of the timber construction.
Sealed units have a minimum 10 year manufacturer's guarantee. This covers the breakdown of the seal manifested by condensation within the sealed panes (excluding breakage). In the unlikely event that this were to occur, the affected unit would be replaced free of charge. Fitted window / door furniture has a 5 year guarantee. The 'Aquamac' weather seals have a 10 year manufacturer's warranty.
The guarantee is subject to the instructions of the redecoration cycle being complied with, which you would be provided. A copy can be requested from GOODWOOD FITCH. A maintenance coat may be required on opaque coats every 4-5 years depending on location and exposure to weather and environmental conditions. Joinery finished in translucent coats will require a maintenance coat every 2-3 years or more regularly if located in an exposed located. Joinery items constructed in anything other than Accoya® may need more regular inspection and maintenance. Any joinery constructed from oak and finished in translucent coats will require a 6 monthly inspection and possible re-coating at these same intervals. A routine annual cleaning and inspection regime must be allowed for, with the annual application of the maintenance 'Milk' system, for which the proof of usage (and purchase) must be available.
A maintenance kit would be supplied free of charge with your new windows and / or doors. If the guidelines are followed with regular inspection and cleaning, a simple one coat redecoration with minimal preparation is all that will be required in the time intervals specified above and on the care and maintenance guide and instructions. Further maintenance kits are available from GOODWOOD FITCH at a cost of £25.00 per kit including VAT.
A+ Rating For Energy Efficient Windows
BFRC is the premier UK authority for independently verified ratings of energy efficient windows and energy efficient doors.
BFRC rated energy efficient windows and energy efficient doors carry a 'rainbow' label similar to those found on fridges, freezers and washing machines.
GOODWOOD FITCH uses the most advanced acrylic and micro-porous paints for our windows to ensure they last many years with very little maintenance.
Our windows are sanded and prepared before being primed with two spray-applied coats of white primer undercoat and sanded again and finished with a spray-applied top coat in a white semi-gloss finish that provides a flawless and durable finish that will be weather resistant for many years.
We are confident about the paint we use and the attention we take to applying it that we guarantee all our finishes for 10 years.
Part L - Conservation of energy fuel and power
Windows need to provide minimal heat loss ensuring lower energy use thereby reducing CO2 emissions. A U Value is a measurement of heat loss and it is this, along with the way windows are fitted, that will ensure compliance. Alternatively, windows are now also given energy ratings from A-G in a similar way to your fridge or freezer, where A rated products give better thermal performance than those rated G. Building Regulations now require replacement windows to be C or better.
Part Q - Security - Dwellings
This current edition of Approved Document Q - Security - Dwellings supports requirement Q1 of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010. Requirement Q 1 applies only in relation to new dwellings and provides that reasonable provision must be made to resist unauthorised access to any dwelling; and any part of a building from which access can be gained to a flat within the building. The approved document sets out reasonable standards for doors and windows to resist physical attack by a casual or opportunist burglar by being both sufficiently robust and fitted with appropriate hardware.
U-values are the standard unit of measurement used in Building Control legislation to specify the thermal insulation requirements of various elements in a building. They indicate the rate of heat loss from inside to outside.
As you can see the math is fairly complicated! So knowing the key numbers and how to interpret them is all that really matters to stay on the right side of Building Control
To provide a little context - An old ‘rattly’ single glazed sash window may have a U value of almost 5 whist a modern precision engineered replacement from GOODWOOD FITCH has a U value of only 1.2.
Current building control legislation for windows requires a U value of 1.4 for new build residential properties and 1.6 for replacement windows in existing properties. To avoid any confusion, if you are building a new extension that includes new windows then the easier to achieve 1.6 figure applies.
The GOODWOOD FITCH ‘Classic’ 100% Accoya sliding box sash window with Krypton gas filled double glazing achieves a fully certified industry leading U value of 1.2 and an A+ energy rating.
NB: Houses in conservation areas or with listed building status may be exempt or subject to lesser requirements and referral to the local authority's Conservations Officer will be required.
The CE mark is a guarantee for the consumer that theproduct in question complies with the essential requirements of the relevant European harmonised standard, and can therefore be legally placed on the market.
CE marking has long been mandatory on products such as toys and electronics, but more recently these harmonised standards have been set for certain construction materials.
All GOODWOOD FITCH windows and doors carry the CE mark in line with these requirements.
GOODWOOD FITCH is a FENSA registered company.
FENSA (the Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme) is the leading body providing Building Regulations compliance for homeowners replacing windows and doors.
Our installations are registered with FENSA on completion and a certificate is issued.