World first wood window Life Cycle Assessments to be launched

2 March 2017

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is due to launch “world first” wood window Life Cycle Assessments at the Ecobuild show in London.

The life cycle assessments have been calculated through the new BRE LINA tool, which allows the BWF to produce life cycle assessment results for its members’ products, which are then uploaded into the BRE Hub so that a third party verified BRE Global Environmental Performance Declaration (EPD) can be produced.

The results can also inform assessments for ISO 14001, EN 15804 (the European standard for the sustainability of construction products) and other environmental management systems, and can feed into Building Information Modelling.

Two timber windows made by BWF member companies – the Stormsure Timber Casement Window by JELD-WEN and the Conservation Casement Window by Mumford and Wood will become the first products to receive LINA assessments.

“This is timber leading the debate once again,” said Iain McIlwee, chief executive of the BWF.

“This is a major breakthrough in proving categorically timber’s superior environmental sustainability credentials.”

WWF-UK and BRE will be speaking at the launch at Ecobuild on March 7 on the joint Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) and Wood for Good stand.