Ecotec Windows News

2017

December 2017 - Season’s Greetings From Ecotec Windows

We would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to everyone involved with our company including customers, staff, suppliers and partners for your support during the year. We are looking forward to 2018 and working with all of you again next year. Season’s greetings from all of us and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Season’s Greetings From Ecotec Windows

We have had an excellent year over the last 12 months and are pleased to be moving into the next year with a strong order book. We have significant expansion plans and projects planned for 2018 and more news will be made available in this area over the first months of the year.

November 2017 - Barn Renovation Windows & Doors Development Worksop

Ecotec Windows was involved with a Rational Aura windows and door installation for a barn renovation development in Budby, near Worksop in the county of Nottinghamshire. As you can see from the images this was an unusual project as there was a large high windowed extension element to the project. Part of the design allows for the maximum amount of natural daylight to cascade into the building without compromising any heat loss. The green RAL colour and design fits in very well to an otherwise traditional environment.

Barn Renovation Windows & Doors Development Worksop

Our new ‘energy-contributing’ Rationel AURA windows offer the same excellent properties as Rationel AURA+, but these windows are made entirely from timber. You can therefore combine a beautiful natural look with a clean contemporary design for traditional red brick buildings and Passiv Haus ideology. Rationel AURA ensures that high levels of daylight and solar heat gain are achieved. Rationel AURA timber window range comes in timber, triple glazed, Uw value: 0.83, Colour: RAL6034 Green for this particular installation. For more information call Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566.

October 2017 - UK’s First Eco Town Features Triple Glazed Rationel Windows

Rationel Windows UK are pleased to have its timber composite windows in the UK’s first eco town at Bicester in Oxfordshire. The development won a string of awards for its sustainable credentials, including being only one of 11 projects worldwide to receive the Bioregional’s One Planet Living Status, proving its wholehearted commitment to advanced innovation in sustainable living. Rationel’s Aura triple glazed top guided timber windows and external doors contributed to the eco credentials of this development.

UK’s First Eco Town Features Triple Glazed Rationel Windows

The developer stated He says: “We chose Rationel because they are a very helpful team, and are knowledgeable about what we need to achieve our client’s specification. As a team they are very user friendly and we have a great working relationship with the team in Bicester.” There are just over 91 true zero carbon homes in the total of 393 are already occupied, and all units achieved Level five in the Code for Sustainable Homes. For more information call Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566.

September 2017 - New Sunflex Video Presenting B-Fold Door Technology

Whether you choose our systems because of their smooth operation, advanced thermal standards, highest quality of manufacture or rigorous independent security testing you are safe in the knowledge that our products are designed to perform, day in day out, year in year out. Each one of our products is designed with attention to detail and a whole range of unique features. Many of today’s industry standard features were first found on previous generations of SUNFLEX products. It is no exaggeration to say that we lead and others follow.

Contemporary Bi-Fold Door Appearance

  • When panels are closed together the sightline is only 115mm maximising your view and the light in to your home.
  • Modern slimline square edged profiles throughout. No external rounded or chamfered profiles. Our casement windows and sliding doors offer the same square edged design for a uniformed look to your property.
  • All handles are finished in-line with the door frame providing an uninterrupted view through the glass. Alternatively a horizontal handle with a latch can be requested for a more traditional operation.
  • Framework is assembled with patented moulded internal corner blocks and machine mitred at the corners rather than the cheaper butt jointed alternatives.

Wide Range Of Bi-Fold Door Finishes

  • Five standard frame colours, Silver Anodised EV1, or in semi-gloss: Anthracite Grey RAL 7016, Grey Aluminium RAL 9007, White Aluminium RAL 9006, Traffic White RAL 9016.
  • Choose from over 200 frame colours available including brushed steel, textured, woodgrain and extreme marine protection
  • Handles are designed to almost disappear when colour matched to the frame or can be made a feature in stainless steel. Plastic D handle used at the hinge to pull the doors closed
  • Subtle hinges are in line with the black gasket of the doors making the standard black hinge a popular choice. Alternatively these can be colour coded to the frame or stainless steel
  • Opt for a different colour outside to inside matching the design of your room and the external character of the property
  • For powder coated aluminium we recommend a marine treatment if you are within 5,000 metres of the coast or around a swimming pool/chemical environment. We pre-anodise the aluminium frames making them porous and then quickly after this the frames are powder coated which is absorbed in to the frame. This ensures excellent adhesion of the paint to the aluminium and along with a cleaning regime is the best possible protection for powder coated aluminium doors in this environment.
  • Not many companies offer pre-anodising as a marine finish. Alternatively we can provide the frames in a silver anodised finish as standard which does not have a painted surface and does not need the marine treatment

For more information call Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566

August 2017 - Bi-Fold Doors In The Spotlight The Sunflex SF55 & SF75

Sunflex aluminium bi-folding doors lead the way in innovation and design, setting the standards for other companies to follow. Rather than emphasising on only one or two elements that make the Sunflex doors stand out, there are countless features that make the SF55 and SF75 head and shoulders above the rest. Slim sightlines, contemporary, square edged profiles throughout and colour matched furniture in line with the frame make Sunflex doors the best looking on the market. Choose between our award-winning SF55 and SF75.

Bi-Fold Doors In The Spotlight The Sunflex SF55 & SF75

German design and manufacture, slim sightlines, contemporary, square edged profiles throughout and colour matched furniture in line with the frame make SUNFLEX doors the best looking on the market. Choose between our award-winning SF55 and SF75 - the only German made system with a BSI Kitemark certificate, the perfect combination. For more information call Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566.

July 2017 - New Rationel Doors Brochure Download Available

The door to your house is the gateway to your home. Your choice of entrance door and the way it looks influences your home’s architectural expression. Therefore, it is important that you carefully consider the opening and closing functions and the designs available from Rationel. Colour is another important aspect of expression to consider. We hope you are inspired by the following pages which are available on the new Rational Doors link below.

New Rationel Doors Brochure Download Available

Security performance is a significant factor when it comes to selecting doors. Rationel’s experience with Housing Associations, community developments and commercial projects, means that the security and safety of our products is second to none. Our enhanced doors have been tested and marked according to several national and European standards, including “Secured by Design”. To be certified under this initiative, the door frame and corresponding lock and hardware set has to be able to withstand a series of physical tests based on common burglary methods. Rationel has a wide range of products, which meet “Secured by Design” specifications. For more information call Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566.

June 2017 - Window Energy Terminology Made Simple

We have produced a short guide to the most important and well-used terms regarding windows and energy performance. The different definitions can be of help both when comparing windows from various suppliers and naturally, when doing energy calculations on building levels. The following should help you to make an informed decision when looking for new windows with energy on top of your priority list.

Window Energy Terminology Made Simple
  1. Solar Heat Gain & Solar Factor (Gw) - The ability to let in solar heat through the window into the house called the g-value. The higher the value, the higher percentage of solar heat passes through the pane.
  2. Heat Loss (Uw) - Heat loss through a building component in general is called the U-value. For windows it is called Uw. When comparing the heat loss from a standard window with the heat loss from a wall it looks like this:
    • UK minimum requirement for a wall U-value = 0.3 W/m2k
    • UK minimum requirement for a window U-value = 1.8 W/m2k
    • Rationel standard window: U-value = 1.33 W/m2k (Aldus 2-layer pane)
    • Rationel low-energy window: U-value = 0.79 W/m2k (Aldus 3-layer pane)

    When looking at the U-value alone, it seems like the wall is better from an energy point of view. But opposite the window, the wall does not contribute heat or daylight.

  3. Energy Balance - (WER) - The energy balance gives an overall idea of the window's energy performance. As shown on the picture above the energy balance expresses the balance between heat gain (in through the window) and heat loss (out through the window). In this calculation the heating season (Oct - May) and average window orientation are taken into account. If the result is negative it means that the heat loss is greater than the heat gain. A positive value, on the other hand, means that the window contributes more heat in the heating season then it loses. The best results are obtained by combining a high g-value with a low U-value. A south-oriented window can be looked upon as a radiator made by nature, depending on shading conditions, window choice, etc. - while a north-oriented window mainly causes energy loss, since there is no solar heat gain from the north It is therefore important that you are aware of the orientation when placing your windows. East- and west-orientated windows are close to energy neutral from an energy balance point of view.
  4. Energy balance: Wall vs. Window

    • Wall: -20.6 kWh/m2/year
    • Standard window: -4.4 kWh/m2/year
    • Low-energy window: 23.9 kWh/m2/year

    For more information call Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566

May 2017 - Wide Range Of Energy Glass Panes

Rationel’s windows are provided with argon filled double-glazed or triple-glazed energy-efficient glazing with a warm-edge spacer as standard. Our range includes several options to enable you to improve your energy rating. It is always advisable to choose windows with the lowest possible Uw value to face north and windows with the best possible WER to face south, east and west.

Wide Range Of Energy Glass Panes

Energy-efficient glazing reduces thermal loss, reducing the over all heating bill. The space between the double glazed panes is filled with argon gas, which is a much better insulator than air. The inner glass layer of an energy-efficient double glazed unit has a thin metal coating that reflects the heat back into the room. This coating is neutral and so allows maximum sunlight into rooms, offering you the benefits of additional free heat. Rationel ENERGY panes not only create a bright, pleasant indoor environment but also reproduce colours as neutrally and naturally as is technically possible. They meet energy class A requirements. For more information call Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566.

April 2017 - Check These Accreditations Before Buying Your Windows & Doors

The Rationel windows and doors supplied by Ecotec Windows are manufactured to the highest standards. This is what you would expect from high quality double and triple glazed products. All of our Rationel products are CE Marked for Rationel Windows & Doors, Secure By Design accredited for Rationel Windows & Doors, FSC accredited for Rationel Windows & Doors with membership to The Wood Window Alliance for Rationel Windows & Doors.

Check These Accreditations Before Buying Your Windows & Doors

CE marking is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1985. The CE marking is also found on products sold outside the EEA that are manufactured in, or designed to be sold in, the EEA. Secured by Design works with the industry and test houses to create high level security standards, responding to trends in crime, and has given input on a number of key standards. FSC runs a global forest certification system with two key components, Forest Management and Chain of Custody. This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products produced from well-managed forests and/or recycled materials. Rationel is a member of The Wood Window Alliance, which was formed in 2007 by a group of leading joinery manufacturers, installers and component suppliers. For more information call Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566.

March 2017 - Active House Event In London

Active House is a vision of buildings that create healthier and more comfortable lives for their occupants without negative impact on the climate, moving us towards a cleaner, healthier and safer world. On 7 March 2017, the Active House Alliance organised its annual General Assembly in the framework of the Ecobuild 2017 Conference, which took place in London, UK. At Ecotec Windows we fully support this type of initiative for a better future for us all. Please click the image to download the Active House Guidelines PDF document.

Active House Event In London

Additionally, Active House also organised a seminar on rethinking in a holistic approach open to all interested participants. The seminar focused on designing and developing sustainable, healthy and comparable buildings and was opened by Michael K. Rasmussen, Chair of the Active House Advisory board. The Active House Guidelines document is intended to be used in the conceptual design stage of an Active House and allows construction experts to better focus on the three main indicators: Comfort, Energy and Environment. Furthermore, it also takes into account topics that should be considered in the very early design phase of an Active House. In addition, it discusses essential principles that influence the performance of an Active House.

February 2017 - New Range Of Bi-Fold Doors Announced From Sunflex

Ecotec Windows are pleased to announce a new range of Bi-Fold doors available in a range of styles and material types. Our new range includes the Sunflex SF55 & SF75 Aluminium bi-fold door range, the Sunflex SF55C double glazed & SF75C triple glazed Composite bi-fold door range and the Sunflex SF75H Timber bi-fold door range. These three options are designed to perfection for your dwelling or commercial development project.

New Range Of Bi-Fold Doors Announced From Sunflex

For customers who take pride in having the best quality and design in their homes, it has to be Sunflex. Every bi-fold door is expertly crafted by Sunflex in Germany, a company with over 25 years’ experience in design and manufacture, making it one of the only truly German design and manufactured door systems available in the market today. Sunflex is one of the world’s leading producers of specialist door systems, offering a wide range of products manufactured to your individual requirements.

Create that wow factor with Sunflex. We have an extensive range of products to suit any size of project, from our award winning bi-fold and sliding doors, to our innovative slide and turn and glass moveable wall solutions. These provide new and imaginative ways to enclose and open up space. We use modern square-edge profiles throughout our door and window systems to ensure a uniform aesthetic appearance is achieved throughout your project.

A multi-panel bi-fold door is far more complex in its design and operation than more traditional door systems of the past. This places very high demands on the system design, the components used, and on correct installation. A Sunflex, we have many years’ experience of overcoming the technical difficulties of producing these types of door systems. Together with our in-house training facility and the technical support that we have in place for our agents and installers, this gives us the confidence to promote Sunflex as the best overall package available in the market today.

We will be uploading content for the new range in our Bi-Fold Doors section. For more information call Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566.

January 2017 - New Installation For Rationel Aura+ Triple Glazed Windows

Ecotec Windows was involved with a Rational Aura+ double and triple glazed windows installation for a barn redevelopment project in Hoylandswaine Barnsley. We were asked to supply high performance double glazed and tripled glazed windows for a luxury converted barn property in Barnsley. You can see from the images how stunning this project looks. We are very pleased with it and have several others planned for the surrounding region.

January 2017 - New Installation For Rationel Aura+ Triple Glazed Windows

The design of AURA+ is slim and elegant, creating a stylish overall architectural appearance, whether you are building a new house or refurbishing an existing one. The slim design also allows maximum natural light into the home. Made from timber, with external aluminium cladding, Rationel AURA+ offers all the benefits of natural wood on the inside and easy maintenance on the outside.

December 2016 - Season’s Greetings From Ecotec Windows

We would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to all of our staff, stakeholders, suppliers, partners and customers for your support during 2016. We are looking forward to 2017 and working with all of you next year. Season’s greetings from all of us and we wish you a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

December 2016 - Season’s Greetings From Ecotec Windows

The year has seen our business expand further with the number of project up significantly on last year. Our partnership with Rationel continues to develop, grow and expand. We are looking forward to working with Rationel and installing many projects with their range of globally recognised products. The year saw us attend several trade shows including large events across the North of the UK.

November 2016 - New Rationel Self Build Windows & Doors Development Sheffield

Ecotec Windows will be in attendance presenting at the 2016 Northern Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show in Harrogate which will be running from 4th November to the 6th November 2016at the HIC in Harrogate. We would like to welcome everyone who wishes to attend and we look forward to seeing you in a couple of months, which will be upon us all soon. At the 2015 show we met many people and had a strong level of interest in our range of composite windows and doors.

November 2016 - Ecotec Windows At The Harrogate Homebuilding &am; Renovation Show 2016

Whether you’re planning to build your own house, add a spacious new extension, want to remodel the internal layout or create a stunning kitchen overlooking a landscaped garden, then a visit to the Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show is a must. The opening times are Friday 4th November 2015 10.00 - 17.00pm, Saturday 5th November 2015 10.00 - 17.00pm & Sunday 6th November 2015 10.00 - 16.30pm. The address of the location is - Harrogate International Centre, King's Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LA. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

October 2016 - New Rationel Self Build Windows & Doors Development Sheffield

Ecotec Windows was involved with a Rational Aura+ windows and door installation for a new self-build home development in Sheffield. We were asked to supply high performance windows doors for a luxury detached new self-build property in Sheffield. You can see from the image how stunning this new build dwelling looks. We are very pleased with it and have several others planned for the surrounding region

October 2016 - New Rationel Self Build Windows & Doors Development Sheffield

Rationel AURA+ Timber/Aluminium Window Range, Range: Aura+, aluminium clad, triple glazed, Uw value: 0.84, Colour: Graphite Finish RAL 2900 Gris Sable. The design of AURA+ is slim and elegant, creating a stylish overall architectural appearance, whether you are building a new house or refurbishing an existing one. The slim design also allows maximum natural light into the home. Made from timber, with external aluminium cladding, Rationel AURA+ offers all the benefits of natural wood on the inside and easy maintenance on the outside.

September 2016 - CBI Housing Report PDF Document Published

The latest updated household projection figures for England which will provide a new ‘starting point’ when establishing the objectively assessed need (OAN) for housing in local plans has been published by the Office for National Statistics and the Department for Communities and Local Government. The information is freely available from the gov.uk website and also offers an insight into an increase in smaller homes, single occupancy homes, but a reduction the overall number of new home developments.

September 2016 - CBI Housing Report PDF Document Published

Less than 10% of England is developed yet house builders of all sizes often struggle to find permissible land for development. There is not a sufficient pipeline of brownfield land to build on in urban areas. Whilst the government has moved forward in identifying public sector land and assets for sale not enough local authority land is being made available for new homes. The CBI has stated that policies on where we build have changed little since the 1940s and are no longer fit for purpose.

The CBI goes on to state “Many areas within the green belt are not green and pleasant fields but former industrial sites and waste land, these areas at the expense of meeting our housing needs. We now have the green light for a new garden city at Ebbsfleet but momentum and scale of ambition for a wider programme of new town development is lacking”.

August 2016 - Ecotec Windows Win At National Rationel Rewards Ceremony

Ecotec Windows won two awards at the recently held Rationel Awards ceremony including the “Best Window Specialist” in the Northern Region and “Best Project” in Northern Region. We are proud of these achievements and our partnership with the Rationel UK Composite Door & Window company. We consider ourselves as a leading UK supplier of the best composite windows, doors and bi-folds that are available.

August 2016 - Ecotec Windows Win At National Rationel Rewards Ceremony

Good, solid, quality workmanship has been the core of Rationel windows and doors since our first products were shipped in 1954. Supplying high quality, low energy Scandinavian timber/timber composite products. Experienced in passivhaus, we achieve U-values as low as 0.7 w/m2k

July 2016 - Visit Us At The Great Yorkshire Show 12th - 14th July 2016

Ecotec Windows will be in attendance at The Great Yorkshire Show 12th to 14th July 2016 with our product sampler roadshow. The Great Yorkshire Show (GYS) is an agricultural show which takes place on the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in the North of England annually from the second Tuesday of July until the following Thursday. It is organised and run by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS). Since the demise of the Royal Show the GYS has been the largest agricultural show in England, however within the UK it is surpassed by both the Royal Welsh Show and the Royal Highland Show.

Visit Us At The Great Yorkshire Show 12th - 14th July 2016

The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, is easily accessible from all parts of the country by road, rail or air. Follow the signs for ease of access to the Show. View Google map of the Great Yorkshire Showground. Please follow the signed routes to the Show on your approach to Harrogate and do not rely on satellite navigation systems as these may direct you onto a route with limited access or temporary restrictions.

June 2016 - Visit Us At The Lincolnshire Show 22nd & 23rd June 2016

Ecotec Windows will be in attendance at The Lincolnshire Show 22nd & 23rd June 2016 with our product sampler roadshow. Experience a true celebration of rural Lincolnshire with an eclectic mix of breath taking entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture and farm life - creating the perfect family day. Now in its 132nd year and organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, the 2016 Lincolnshire Show promises another action packed line-up with something for everyone to enjoy.

Visit Us At The Lincolnshire Show 22nd & 23rd June 2016

As in previous years the A15 from the A46 Lincoln By-pass to the A631 at Caenby Corner is closed to all but Show traffic. In order to arrive at the Show with minimal delays please note the following advice. Please follow the directions and instructions that are given by Traffic Marshalls, Police Officers and Society Stewards – they are aware of where delays currently are and which car parks have the most space. Plan to approach to the Showground the way you wish to depart. Routes to the Show will be signposted. Please follow directions and comply with signage and instructions. We look forward to seeing you on one or both days.

May 2016 - Visit Us At The Nottinghamshire County Show 14th & 15th May 2016

Ecotec Windows will be in attendance at the at The Nottinghamshire County Show 14th & 15th May 2016 with our product sampler roadshow. The Nottinghamshire County Show is one of the most prestigious events taking place in the County of Nottinghamshire. Held annually on the second full weekend of May, the Show attracts a national audience, in addition to excellent support from the local town of Newark giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about our range of windows and doors at one of the largest major annual agricultural shows in the UK.

Visit Us At The Nottinghamshire County Show 14th & 15th May 2016

The Nottinghamshire County Show is very easy to get to being just 1.5 miles from the A1. Travelling By Car - Access can be from the A46, but the ideal approach is from the A17 which allows a longer build of traffic onto the 20 acre South-Eastern runway. The Newark Showground is only 1.5 miles from the A1 and offers many facilities and will be very well signposted over the Show Weekend, the Sat Nav Postcode: NG24 2NY

April 2016 - New Rationel Windows & Doors Project Completed In Barnsley

Ecotec Windows was involved with a Rational Aura+ windows and door installation for a new home development in Barnsley. We were asked to supply high performance windows and bi fold doors for a luxury detached new build property in Barnsley. You can see from the images how stunning this project looks. We are very pleased with it and have several others planned for the surrounding region.

April 2016 - New Rationel Windows & Doors Project Completed In Barnsley

The design of AURA+ is slim and elegant, creating a stylish overall architectural appearance, whether you are building a new house or refurbishing an existing one. The slim design also allows maximum natural light into the home. Made from timber, with external aluminium cladding, Rationel AURA+ offers all the benefits of natural wood on the inside and easy maintenance on the outside.

March 2016 - Timber Or Timber Clad With Aluminium Choices

Rationel bespoke windows and doors are available in timber or timber clad with aluminium. At Rationel, timber is our passion. We have manufactured bespoke timber windows and doors since 1954 and will continue to do so for many years to come. In addition to their natural, beautiful look, windows and doors made of timber have a long service life and are sustainable and easy to clean and maintain. You should choose timber windows and doors if you appreciate nature's genuine materials, inside as well as outside.

March 2016 - Timber Or Timber Clad With Aluminium Choices

To avoid maintaining windows and doors, Rationel Windows has developed several product ranges in bespoke aluminium and timber which minimise the need for maintenance. The constructions consist of an all-timber sash and frame with external alu-cladding offering protection against the weather. This means that you do not have to paint the exterior of your windows or doors during the life of the products.

Ecotec Windows offer three product ranges in timber: Rationel AURA, DOMUS and FORMA. Each product range is designed to fit a specific building style. They can be delivered in both standard and bespoke sizes and shapes - without any additional costs, and they come in many colours and styles. We also offer three product ranges in bespoke alu-clad timber windows and doors: FORMA+, ALDUS and Rationel AURAPLUS. Each composite product range has been designed to fit a specific building style.

February 2016 - Recent Projects Updated To Show Three Sheffield Locations

Ecotec Windows has recently completed three separate projects in the Sheffield region. Each project was unique in style and building type allowing for us to install Rationel Windows and Doors from the Domus and Aldus ranges. We have started the year with several projects underway and our reach is now extending along the complete A 1 and M1 corridors.

February 2016 - Recent Projects Updated To Show Three Sheffield Locations February 2016 - Recent Projects Updated To Show Three Sheffield Locations February 2016 - Recent Projects Updated To Show Three Sheffield Locations

Ecotec Windows was involved with a Rational Domus windows and door installation for Foxden Developments, Sheffield. The site had been started by the original developer and subsequently mothballed. The new developer asked us supply windows and doors that were as close a match as possible to the originals.

Ecotec Windows was involved with a Rational Aldus windows and door installation for a new build development in Sheffield. We were asked to supply high performance windows and doors for a luxury detached new build property in Sheffield. Our customer was looking for a Victorian appearance and so were able to include glazing bars to help with that. The windows are clad externally with aluminium which has a special 'graphite' finish to give a matt look.

Ecotec Windows was involved with a Rational Aldus windows and door installation for Stephen Broadbridge, Sheffield. The existing timber windows were three stories high at the rear of the property and we were asked to replace them with modern, low maintenance windows and doors. We had to include an unusual shape and introduce trickle vents to help prevent condensation inside the property. The aluminium clad windows and doors require very little external maintenance which was crucial as access to them was limited.

January 2016 - New Brochures Launched For All Windows & Doors

Rationel Brochures and Literature offering information on the complete composite door and window range, Rationel FORMA & FORMA+, Rationel DOMUS & ALDUS, Rationel AURA & AURAPLUS, Rationel ALDUS Slimline, Doors, Windows and Bi-Fold Doors. Rationel offer the perfect range for your project if it is a renovation or a new build we are confident that we can add the perfect finish to your home.

January 2016 - New Brochures Launched For All Windows & Doors

In total there are seven new brochures available for you to download at your leisure:

  • Rationel FORMA & FORMA+ Brochure - FORMA energy-efficient windows are available in a range of country-style and classic designs with various configurations of glazing bars.
  • Rationel DOMUS & ALDUS Brochure - DOMUS energy-efficient windows and doors are designed to reduce energy consumption thanks to their design and construction.
  • Rationel AURA & AURA+ Brochure - Our ‘energy-contributing’ Rationel AURA windows offer the same excellent properties as Rationel AURAPLUS, but these windows are made entirely from timber.
  • Rationel ALDUS SLIMLINE Brochure -ALDUS Slimline is a new variant of energy efficient composite windows based on the popular Aldus range. Rationel DOORS Brochure - The door to your house is the gateway to your home. Your choice of entrance door and the way it looks influences your home’s architectural expression.
  • Rationel ALDUS BI-FOLD Brochure - Rationel’s range of ALDUS Bi-Folding doors offers you peace of mind. The most weather tight folding door available (900 Pascals of water pressure).
  • Rationel OPERATION & MAINTENANCE Brochure - You will have chosen a high quality product that has been produced in accordance with traditional high quality Danish construction principles and manufactured in Rationel’s modern factories. The information contained in this document is important to guarantee that your windows and doors will function for many years to come.

December 2015 - Season’s Greetings From Ecotec Architectural Window Solutions

We would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to all of our staff, stakeholders, suppliers, partners and customers for your support during 2015. We are looking forward to 2016 and working with all of you next year. Season’s greetings from all of us and we wish you a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Season’s Greetings From Ecotec Architectural Window Solutions

November 2015 - Tickets Available For The Harrogate Homebuilding & Renovating Show

Let us help you bring your project to life at the Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Harrogate with tickets now available for both one day and two day passes. Plan your day with us and make the most of your day at the show to specify your dream home. We recommend that you check out exactly what and who you want to see. Bring your plans and photos of your project, plus prepare any questions for our experts in advance.

November 2015 - Tickets Available For The Harrogate Homebuilding & Renovating Show

Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show tickets are now available being £8 for one day if booked in advance (£12 on the door) or £12 for two days if booked in advance (£16 on the door) with dates and times listed as, Friday 6 November 2015- 10.00 - 5.00pm, Saturday 7 November 2015- 10.00 - 5.00pm & Sunday 8 November 2015- 10.00 - 4.30pm. For more information please email sales@ecotecwindows.com. Alternatively, dial 01226 702566 to contact our design department.

October 2015 - Frequently Asked Questions For Your Dream Windows & Doors

We are often asked a number of questions in the process of dealing with your enquiry for composite windows and doors. There are many options, colours, styles and thermal energy ratings to choose from. Typical questions and answers are found in this news article. Please make a note of our normal lead time which is around 8 to 10 weeks which means that you can just about get your window and doors installed for Christmas.

October 2015 - Frequently Asked Questions For Your Dream Windows & Doors

Q - What is the lead time for windows and doors?
A - The lead time depends on the requirements of your project. As a standard we are working on a lead time of around 8-10 weeks from sign off. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

Q - Are Rationel windows SBD certified?
A - Rationel windows and doors have been tested and marked according to several national and European standards, including "Secured by Design".

Q - What product ranges do you offer?
A - Rationel offers windows and doors for all building styles and shapes.

Q - What colours do you offer?
A - Rationel offer a wide range of standard colours depending on the product series, please click here Coloured Windows for more information.

Q - What is the product warranty on Rationel windows and doors?
A - Subject to our conditions, Rationel guarantees that the goods supplied will comply in all material respects with their specifications and be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of five years from the time that the risk in them passes from Rationel to the customer.

Q - Can I get a sample of your products?
A - If you would like to receive a window chop sample, please email sales@ecotecwindows.com. Alternatively, dial 01226 702566 to contact our design department.

September 2015 - Ecotec Windows At The Harrogate Homebuilding & Renovation Show 2015

Ecotec Windows will be in attendance presenting at the 2015 Northern Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show in Harrogate which will be running from 6th November to the 8th November at the HIC in Harrogate. We would like to welcome everyone who wishes to attend and we look forward to seeing you in a couple of months, which will be upon us all soon. At the 2014 show we met many people and had a strong level of interest in our range of composite windows and doors.

September 2015 - Ecotec Windows At The Harrogate Homebuilding & Renovation Show 2015

Whether you’re planning to build your own house, add a spacious new extension, want to remodel the internal layout or create a stunning kitchen overlooking a landscaped garden, then a visit to the Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show is a must. The opening times are Friday 6th November 2015 10.00 - 17.00pm, Saturday 7th November 2015 10.00 - 17.00pm & Sunday 8th November 2015 10.00 - 16.30pm. The address of the location is - Harrogate International Centre, King's Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LA. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

August 2015 - Ecotec Windows At The Great Yorkshire Show 2015

Ecotec Windows was in attendance at the Great Yorkshire Show which was recently held in Harrogate. This was the 157th time the event has been held which makes in the largest and most historical show in the Yorkshire region. Our stand offered information on composite windows and doors with a significant level of interest being seen with many enquiries being taken over the three day period.

August 2015 - Ecotec Windows At The Great Yorkshire Show 2015

Attracting crowds in excess of 130,000 over three-days, this was a prime opportunity for Ecotec Windows to provide information on the latest Rationel window and door technology. We are looking at several other shows in the region thorough the year into 2016 so would like to meet with you to discuss your project in more detail. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

July 2015 - Rational Windows & Doors Energy Saving Simulator Launched

We are pleased to announce the launching of a new tool that will help you calculate potential energy savings on an annual basis. For older houses we have seen significant savings using modern composite windows and doors. The energy saving simulator will give you a good indication of how much you can save on your heating bill by changing your old windows and doors. The process is quite simple. Put in the size of your house (in m2), when were your existing windows installed (four digits - i.e. 1978) and select which Rationel product you are interested in.

July 2015 - Rational Windows & Doors Energy Saving Simulator Launched

This online tool is an excellent way to try before you buy your composite windows and doors. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

June 2015 - Recent Projects Page Launched On Ecotec Windows

After a very successful year in 2014 and also into 2015 we thought we would present our recent project installations undertaken over the last few months. Our Rationel window and door projects have seen the complete range of products installed including double and triple glazed installations.

Recent Projects Page Launched On Ecotec Windows

We will continue to service the immediate Yorkshire region and beyond as you can see from the visual. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

May 2015 - Durability Test For Water Tightness

To ensure Rationel AURA and Rationel AURAPLUS products can withstand even the worst rain and stormy weather, we expose the products for an extended water resistance test. View the test below which is presented in just over 1 minute. The window was exposed to a wind speed of 27 meters per second and heavy rain in the form of 600 litres of water over the course of 1 hour.

For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

April 2015 - Shaped Windows Now Offered To Fit A Range Of Unique Openings

In addition to our regular styles, we manufacture bespoke shaped units to fit a range of unique openings. Curved, circular and slanting units are available in Domus, Aldus, Patus & Patus+ product ranges. For peace of mind a consulting service is also available to provide specialist design drawings and structural calculations for even the most complex window or façade installations.

Shaped Windows Now Offered To Fit A Range Of Unique Openings

Shaped Rationel Windows are available in the Timber range option including Rationel FORMA, Rationel DOMUS and Rationel AURA. Our premium windows and doors are also available in an Aluminium Clad Timber for Timber aluminium windows & doors using the Rationel FORMA+, Rationel ALDUS and the Rationel AURAPLUS range. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

March 2015 - Aldus Slimline High Performance Window System Launched

ALDUS Slimline is a new variant of energy efficient composite windows based on the popular Aldus range. Designed specifically for refurbishment projects, the thinner profile of the ALDUS Slimline is intended to remove the need to cut back plasterwork when replacing older PVCU windows, making it much quicker and easier to retrofit into buildings.

Aldus Slimline High Performance Window System Launched

ALDUS Slimline is available in many different opening functions and designs. The variant also boasts lower U-values than comparable products, longer life expectancy (Lifecycle Cost Analysis against PVCU) and includes cill, head drip and jamb extenders making it the ideal replacement for UPVC windows and doors. As with all of our ranges, the ALDUS Slimline is FSC accredited. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

The design of the ALDUS Slimline system is modern and elegant, creating a stylish overall architectural appearance. The system has many excellent features, which benefit both users and the environment. They contribute energy (up to +24 kWh/m2 annually) by letting more sunlight (and therefore free heat) in and not out. This means significantly reduced heating bills during the winter heating season, as well as reducing carbon dioxide emissions. During the winter, draughts are minimized, ensuring a more comfortable and healthier indoor climate. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

February 2015 - Window Wear & Tear Test Video Launched

We test the durability of our windows, doors and ironmongery for wear and tear. We do that using specially designed mechanical arms which open and close our windows up to 20,000 times and our doors at least 50,000 times - even if it takes up to a month to test them. Result? They pass!

The video is under 2 minutes in duration and offers an insight into the levels of quality and material standards applied to all of our window and door products. In this case the window used in the test was opened and closed 20,000 times, which is way in excess of normal lifetime usage. Please browse our new website and feedback any comments you have. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

January 2015 - Rationel Options & Maintenance Brochure Now Available

January 2015 - Rationel Options & Maintenance Brochure Now AvailableYou have chosen a high quality product that has been produced in accordance with traditional high quality Danish construction principles and manufactured in Rationel’s modern factories. The information contained in this document is important to guarantee that your windows and doors will function for many years to come.

Professional installation of your windows and doors will ensure optimum functionality including ensuring they are clean and free from all builders dirt and spoil from the construction process. This will enable the installer to fully adjust all units and ensure they are ready for many years of use.

Finally it is important that you check this, and maintain the windows and doors correctly to ensure trouble-free operation over many years. These maintenance guidelines are described in this Operation & Maintenance Manual, as well as details on ventilation and how to create a healthy indoor climate. Thank you for choosing Rationel as your supplier. We hope that you will enjoy the benefits of your new windows and doors.

2014

December 2014 - The Harrogate Homebuilding & Renovation Reviewed

Ecotec Window presented at the 2014 Northern Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show 2014 in Harrogate which ran from 7th to the 9th November at the HIC in Harrogate. We would like to thank everyone that came, we hope you enjoyed your visit. We had of 100 expressions or interest in our excellent range of composite windows and doors which made the show for us and a big thank you to all of the people we met.The Harrogate Homebuilding & Renovation Reviewed

This was our second year at the show and gave us an opportunity to promote the latest range of composite timber windows and doors. Ecotec Windows are proud of the association with Rationel with timber being our combined passion. Rationel have manufactured timber windows and doors since 1954 and will continue to do so for many years to come. In addition to their natural, beautiful look, windows and doors made of timber have a long service life and are sustainable and easy to clean and maintain. Ecotec Windows look forward to many years in partnership with Rationel Window & Doors. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

November 2014 - Bi-Fold Door Video Presenting Solarlux

Doors are central to how you feel about your home. They are the way into your home and its eyes on the world outside. They are your connection to the outside world, and what protects you from it. And, uniquely, they are the only part of your home to have an external and an internal aspect.

In the video we provide an overview on the quality aspects of the latest in Bi-Fold Door technology with the new range of Solarlux Aluminium, Wooden, and Composite Bi-Fold Doors. The SL 35 folding glass door is an uninsulated aluminium folding glass door that is easy to operate and can be used in a wide range of areas: as balcony glazing or as a vertical element with a glass canopy being 35 mm installation depth, sunken ground rail without limit stop available and can be combined with standard SL 45 window system.

Wooden Bi-Fold Doors - The SL 65 folding glass door underscores your proximity to nature in two ways: it enables a wide opening of the folding doors to the great outdoors, and the use of wood enhances the overall charm and feel of natural elements. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

October 2014 - New Website Launched For Ecotec Windows

We are pleased to launch our new responsive website which offers information across several sections using visuals and graphics from the excellent Rationel Timber & Composite Window/Door ranges.

Seven Eco Homes Fitted With Composite Windows

The new website offers information covering Ecotec Windows, videos, news, gallery, testimonials and supporting information. In additional we have a comprehensive Rationel Windows and Doors section outlining the elements around sustainability, durability, technical performance, composite doors & doors, timber windows & doors.

The specific and unique range of profiles is presented with full information covering opening types, colours, product detail, sizes, durability tests, sectional details and best performance criteria. Our full range of Bi-Fold doors by Solarlux is also presented with information on aluminium, wooden, composite doors. Please browse our new website and feedback any comments you have. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

September 2014 - Seven Eco Homes Fitted
with Composite Windows

Ecotec Windows are pleased to announce that we have completed an award winning installation for a project at Oak Tree Court, Tollerton in Nottinghamshire, which was built by Chebsey Estates Ltd.Seven Eco Homes Fitted With Composite Windows

The development of seven, five-bedroomed eco-homes, was named the winner of the Best Small New Housing Development at the LABC East Midlands Building Excellence Awards and will now go forward to the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) national finals in London in November 2014

Focus Consultants were the Code for Sustainable Homes (CFSH) assessor and the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) assessor for the development, which achieved a Code for Sustainable Homes rating of three plus. The properties include a range of features such as a ‘super insulated’ masonry construction envelope, average energy efficiency rating and CO2 emissions rating of high B or A, air source heat pump, Argon double glazing, MVHR ventilation, an 85% energy efficient log burner, under floor heating, low energy lighting, and sustainable drainage with surface water draining to a lake.

The CFSH is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. It aims to reduce carbon emissions and promote higher standards of sustainable design above the current minimum standards set out by the Building Regulations. Meanwhile The Orchards, an individual property in the same development, was highly commended in the Best Individual New Home category at the LABC East Midlands Building Excellence Awards. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

August 2014 - A Great Yorkshire Show
with Ecotec Windows

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who attended the Great Yorkshire Show and those who visited us at Stand 375. We received many expressions of interest in the latest...Ecotec Windows Team Great Yorkshire Show 2014

...composite window technology systems and really enjoyed the other aspects of the show. Rationel's Bill Kelly and James Fitzsgerald, joined Rob and Su from Ecotec Windows on stand. Overall it was very sunny and busy with over 130 thousand people attending. Not all of them attended our stand, but those who did had chance to see the products in action. All at Ecotec Windows were pleased to show off the Rationel range of Timber and Timber/Aluminium composite windows and doors, at the annual Great Yorkshire Show a few weeks ago. The products were well received by all being suitable for low energy buildings and modern energy efficient projects such as Passive House. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

June 2014 - Come & See Us At The Great Yorkshire Show
8th - 10th July 2014

Come and see our Rationel window range, as part of your great family day out on Stand 375. Ecotec Windows will be pleased to show you the Rationel range of Timber and Timber/Aluminium...Great Yorkshire Show

...Composite Windows and Doors, at the annual Great Yorkshire Show this summer. These are suitable for low energy buildings and modern energy efficient projects such as Passive House. Ecotec, Rationel distributor for Yorkshire, offers the complete Rationel range, and can help you consider the overall buildings energy resource in your window designs, not just the south facing side! With ranges suitable for any application from domestic to commercial; from refurbishment to Passive House we are sure to have the right system to suit your home. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

July 2014 - Rationel Launch Online
Parts Ordering System

Rationel Windows and Doors are pleased to announce the launch of a product parts webshop offering e-commerce ordering with credit and debit cards. The online shop offers Rationel window parts such as...Rationel Webshop Now Open

...brackets, handles, hinges and weather strips. Delivery time and order handling will be processed in a rapid manner with all orders are packaged and dispatched on business days, Monday to Friday each week. All packages are dispatched with a delivery time of 2-4 working days. The delivery time for some item groups is 10-12 days. This will be stated for the item in question. The website is available on Rationel Webshop and comes complete with a category selector and a product display offering information and pricing. All prices are in UK Sterling and each product display offers a product line match allowing for you to align the part with the window range (ALDUS, FORMA, DOMUS, AURA and so on).

April 2014 - Solarlux Bi-Fold Composite
Door Range Now Available

Ecotec Windows are pleased to announce the latest in Bi-Fold Door technology with the new range of Solarlux Aluminium, Wooden, and Composite Bi-Fold Doors.Composite Bi-Fold Doors

The SL 35 folding glass door is an uninsulated aluminium folding glass door that is easy to operate and can be used in a wide range of areas: as balcony glazing or as a vertical element with a glass canopy being 35 mm installation depth, sunken ground rail without limit stop available and can be combined with standard SL 45 window system. Wooden Bi-Fold Doors - The SL 65 folding glass door underscores your proximity to nature in two ways: it enables a wide opening of the folding doors to the great outdoors, and the use of wood enhances the overall charm and feel of natural elements. A Combination of natural wood and technology being 65 mm installation depth, heat-insulated folding wood door with standard wood pine and spruce, other wood types optional. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

May 2014 - Bi-Fold Door Construction
Technology As Good As It Gets

Following on from our news last month we offering visual cross sections of the new Bi-Fold aluminium, wood and composite door materials available. Bi-Fold Constriction Technology

The materials used meet the highest quality standards. All of the wood we use is FSC and PEFC certified and sourced from sustainable and managed sources. The aluminium is not only corrosion-proof and light, but is also immensely durable. Because Solarlux folding glass doors are designed to last, they are also designed to be timelessly stylish. Floor tracks for every room - Depending on the room and structural properties, a variety of floor tracks offers wide-ranging options for crossing the threshold between outdoors and indoors. Barrier-free movement is possible with all Solarlux systems.

For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

February 2014 - Window Wind Resistance
Test Video Launched

We test our windows by exposing them to winds so high that it is not found on the Danish wind force scale. Firstly, we expose the window to a positive pressure of up to 2,400 Pa and then to a... Finally, we check the panes or frames for damage.

...negative pressure down to minus 2,400Pa. So we are not afraid to say that we test the robustness of our windows to the limit. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

March 2014 - Rationel Composite Door
Frame Options Available

You can have a choice between fixed light and side light framing styles to suit your project. Essentially it shows how a different look can be achieved with a different choice of window or door frame... Fixed Light Composite Patio Doors.

Fixed Light Composite Patio Doors

... and may help you decide which option to go for. You can have a choice between fixed light and side light framing styles to suit your project. Essentially it shows how a different look can be achieved with a different choice of window or door frame, and may help you decide which option to go for. The image on the left is with fixed lights, giving a slightly bigger glass look and a clearly defined door. The second image is with side lights, the door opening is still only the middle two panes but the side lights match the doors to give an overall balanced pane look. Neither is wrong or right just a different look a different preference.

Side Light Composite Patio Doors Side Light Composite Patio Doors

For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

December 2013 - Ecotec Windows Feature in
Yorkshire Life Magazine

Ecotec Windows have recently featured in the popular Yorkshire Life magazine. The article provides several examples of our recent activity in the Yorkshire region working on high end building projects.Ecotec Windows In Life Magazine

We are also promoted for our unique relationship with window and door manufacturer Rationel as their elite distributor for ultra-stylish, energy efficient, high quality, composite wooden windows and doors. The Yorkshire Life magazine has a consistent publication of around 18,000 copies per edition with a combined readership of over 150,000 so we know we will have been spotted in the Yorkshire region.

If you love Yorkshire you'll love Yorkshire Life. Packed full of features on the county's interesting people and places as well as what's on it really is Yorkshire's essential read. With its famed society pages, they photograph all the county's finest charity balls and events and best companies - Yorkshire Life is also about glamour which suits Ecotec Windows as our product range truly is the best on the market. You'll find the finest fashions, best places to eat out, ideas for your dream home and much, much more. For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

January 2014 - Ecotec Windows
Brochure Launched

Following on from a great year in 2013 we have invested in our marketing presentation with a new website, social media channels, videos and now a brochure pack. Architectural Window Solutions Brochure

If you enquire with us, you will receive a comprehensive marketing pack which will allow you to browse our comprehensive range of composite windows and composite doors at your leisure in your own home. An online version of the brochure can be found on the website sitewide in the left hand navigation. We will also look to develop a specific online library of PDF downloads during the year allowing you to gain access to all of our product information.

In addition to the Rationel range of products we also offer a range of porous driveway products through our sister company Ecopave. Together we are providing a comprehensive solution for commercial and residential properties alike across the whole of the UK.

For more information please contact Ecotec Windows on 01226 702566 for an informal discussion on our window and door range.

November 2013 - Ecotec Windows at Homebuilding & Renovating Show Harrogate 1-3 November

Free Tickets for the Show - Ecotec Windows are offering free tickets to visit the North of England’s premium Homebuilding and renovation show at Harrogate. Homebuilding Renovation Harrogate Show

All you have to do is send an email to sales@ecotecwindows.com and we will provide you with a voucher to gain access to tickets online. Ecotec Windows are presenting at stand 314 so come and visit us over the weekend.

As the North of England's biggest and dedicated self-build & renovation event, nowhere else will you find free expert advice, the right products, and services at the right price and inspiration to enable your truly individual home to become a reality. Make sure you make the most of your home, your budget, your plans and your dreams with Over 250 exhibitors - compare respected local and national companies, and contrast the latest products, services and innovations. Free in depth seminars - experts from Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine will show you how to avoid common pitfalls and make the most of your project. Topics include how to get planning, project management and how to make the most of your self-build or extension plans.

October 2013 - Win £5,000 Towards
New Composite Window & Doors

Rationel are giving one lucky homeowner the opportunity of winning &5000 worth of new low-maintenance, high-quality windows and doors from Rationel. Visit the Rationel stand at Grand Designs Live...Win £5000 Towards New Composite Windows

...4-6 October at the NEC in Birmingham and register your interest. Who knows, it could be you that wins £5000 worth of new windows and doors for your home. Ecotec Windows will be on hand to assist you with your installation and answer any questions that you may have. Ecotec Windows are pleased to announce the development of an online WER calculator. Energy-efficient windows present a great opportunity for builders to save energy and thereby reduce the heating bills. The windows also contribute to a more comfortable indoor climate and improve the indoor atmosphere. At Ecotec Windows we offer some of the most optimal solutions regarding energy-efficient windows and doors. Why not try our online calculator for composite windows and doors by clicking here or the image below.

Brochure

August 2013 - Durability Test For Our
Range of Composite Windows

Security and our Composite Windows - Our professional test staff know how to break open a window. They are given 15 minutes as well as a trimming knife, a screwdriver, a crowbar, etc...

...using all of their strength to break open the window. Afterwards, a mechanical test is carried out where the window is exposed to pulling forces of 100kg and 300kg, respectively, to test how much force the window ironmongery can resist. The video is just over a minute in duration and well worth watching.

Please contact us online for more information regarding Passive House, Composite Windows, Composite Doors and the Bi-Fold Composite Door range or call 01226 702566.

September 2013 - Online WER (Window Energy Rating)
Energy Calculator

Ecotec Windows are pleased to announce the development of an online WER calculator. Energy-efficient windows present a great opportunity for builders to save energy and thereby reduce...

Energy Calculator

... the heating bills. The windows also contribute to a more comfortable indoor climate and improve the indoor atmosphere. At Ecotec Windows we offer some of the most optimal solutions regarding energy-efficient windows and doors. Why not try our online calculator for composite windows and doors by clicking here or the image below.

With the introduction of Low Energy buildings it has become more obvious that window energy performance is described inadequately by the usual methods. Typically, the assessment of a window's energy performance depended only on the window insulation ability without considering the heat contribution through the window expressed by Solar Heat Transmittance. Please contact us online for more information regarding Passive House, Composite Windows, Composite Doors and the Bi-Fold Composite Door range or call 01226 702566.

July 2013 - Durability Test For Our
Range of Composite Windows

Following on from our recent “Bi-Fold Composite Door” range announcement, we are pleased to present a new video featuring the very best in composite windows and door manufacturing.

Our composite windows and doors video offers an insight to the product range and also the design, manufacturing and quality standards found in our composite windows and doors. The Video is just over 6 minutes in duration but well worth watching.

Please contact us online for more information regarding Passive House, Composite Windows, Composite Doors and the Bi-Fold Composite Door range or call 01226 702566.

June 2013 - Slim Line Composite Bi-Fold
Doors Now Available

Ecotec Windows are pleased to announce a new range of Bi-Fold Composite Doors which are available in a range of options. We have developed a new section on our website to provide...

Bi Fold Door Construction

...more information on Composite Bi-Fold Doors and the options available including double or triple glazed 200 colours and various widths and heights to choose from. Full product details can be found our Composite Bi-Fold Door Page..

  • Double glazed (55c) or triple glazed (75c) depending upon your project requirements.
  • Slim line, square edge, contemporary external aluminium profile.
  • Pine cladding internally with a choice of timber stains and colours to match the look and feel of your room.
  • Choice of over 200 external aluminium colours with 5 standard stocked colours.
  • Flush track available for the 55c system to offer a seamless threshold bringing the outside inside.
  • Revolutionary narrow sight lines (114mm) maximising light and enhancing your view, the slimmest available for a composite folding door.
  • Triple gasket for finger cushioning and tight compression seals.
  • Severe weather rated with our standard weathered track and double rebates on all sides. The most weather tight folding door available (900 Pascals water pressure).
  • Mushroom locking into side jambs coupled with metal shoot bolt rods top and bottom, locking hinge pins and double rebated frames ensuring excellent security.
  • Sound insulation Rw36dB (with Rw36dB glass) according to DIN EN ISO 140-3.
  • Subtle hinges, hidden running gear and handles in line with the door frame provide an uninterrupted view through the doors.
  • Widths of up to 20 metres and heights of 3.5 metres providing a solution for the most challenging of projects.

May 2013 - Leeds Seminar for
Passive House & Low Energy Windows

Ecotec Windows recently presented to Architects and related professionals from the construction industry at a seminar in Leeds. The main theme of the seminar was to promote and learn about...

Riba SeminarLearn Aboout Windows

..Passive House and building energy requirements. The term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to the rigorous, voluntary, Passive House standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. Passive House results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. The event is also classed as a CPD seminar for RIBA certified Architects, but was also open to anyone who wished to attend including the general public.

Passive House Standards

The Passivhaus standard for central Europe requires that the building fulfils the following requirements:

  • The building must be designed to have an annual heating demand as calculated with the Passive House planning package of not more than 15 kWh/m² per year (4746 btu/ft² per year) in heating
  • The building must be designed to have an annual cooling demand as and 15 kWh/m² per year cooling energy OR to be designed with a peak heat load of 10W/m²
  • Total primary energy (source energy for electricity and etc.) consumption (primary energy for heating, hot water and electricity) must not be more than 120 kWh/m² per year (3.79 × 104 btu/ft² per year)
  • The building must not leak more air than 0.6 times the house volume per hour (n50 ≤ 0.6 / hour) at 50 Pa (N/m²) as tested by a blower door

The seminar was held at the Board Room or Elland Road were Leeds United play in the Championship football league. The event was CPD RIBA certified and follows on from our recent event which was held at York Racecourse in March 2013.

Please contact us online for more information regarding Passive House and these seminars or call 01226 702566.

April 2013 - Project Gallery Now
Added To The Website

At Ecotec Windows we pride ourselves on the quality of our work and service applied to Composite Window projects. Our years of experience with the best materials allow us to get it right...

Window Gallery

... first time every time. We have created a new section on our website offering a representation the type of work and projects we get involved with, both domestically and commercially. Our range of wooden windows and wooden doors look beautiful in nearly all of the settings imaginable.

We have undertaken many projects involving composite windows, timber windows, aluminium clad windows and wooden windows during 2013 already. Its been a busy start to the year for Ecotec Windows with many commercial and domestic installations being completed. Our association with leading UK based Architects supports our standing in the market sector as a leading supplier of “passive house” window systems. The term passive house refers to the rigorous, voluntary, Passivhaus standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

February 2013 - Ecotec Windows Launches A New Marketing Website on www.ecotecwindows.com

After a two month investment project we have launched our new website on www.ecotecwindows.com. The website offers information on the Design Options, Frame Colours...

Window Gallery

...Timber Windows & Doors, Composite Windows & Doors available and a Gallery section showing recent projects featuring our products. The website will be developed further with more information on the product ranges available. Branded products for composite, wooden and composite aluminium windows and doors are offered with three main categories:

  • FORMA+® a range of energy efficient timber windows and doors with external aluminium
  • ALDUS®® is a range of energy efficient timber windows and doors with external aluminium cladding attached with clips, ensuring minimum maintenance
  • Rationel AURA+reg; is a prize winning range of energy efficient timber windows and doors with external aluminium cladding attached with clips

Bookmark our website and visit us again as we will be adding more content during 2013 and beyond.

March 2013 - Learn all about Passive House &
Low Energy Windows with Ecotec Seminars

Rationel Windows are delighted to invite you to their latest RIBA certified CPD seminar, focusing on Passive House and low energy solutions

Learn Aboout Windows Low Energy Windows

With over 10 years of experience in low energy building and design from the Scandinavian market, we have developed products and window systems that address many of the energy issues in relation to both residential and commercial properties in the UK. In this seminar we will demonstrate how windows in your designs can become energy producers, contributing up to 60% of a buildings energy requirements, rather than being one of the major causes of heat loss. You will learn:

  • How windows can help you achieve the ultimate in low energy buildings
  • How windows can act as a significant heat supply for your building
  • How to design in and recognise the potential cost savings
  • What to look and ask for when specifying windows for a low energy projects
  • The significance of energy terminology and how they apply to windows
  • How individual window components can influence the energy demand on a building

The first of the seminars was held at Axis Architecture and Design Management Sheffield where Ecotec Windows conducted an in house CPD RIBA certified event on 7th February 2013. Our second is on 7th March 2013 at Harris Partnership in Wakefield with a third planned for 21st March 2013 at York racecourse which is an open event to all. Please contact us online for more information regarding Passive House and these seminars or call 01226 702566.

January 2013 - Ecotec Windows becomes an
Elite Partner of Rationel Windows & Doors

Ecotec Windows is pleased to announce the we have gained the Rationel Elite Partner status award which places us as one of their leading partners in the supply of composite doors and windows.

Rationel

With over 10 years of experience in low energy building and design from the Scandinavian market, we have developed products and window systems that address many of the energy issues in relation to both residential and commercial properties in the UK.

At Rationel, timber is our combined passion. They have manufactured timber windows and doors since 1954 and will continue to do so for many years to come. In addition to their natural, beautiful look, windows and doors made of timber have a long service life and are sustainable and easy to clean and maintain. Ecotec Windows look forward to many years in partnership with Rationel Window & Doors.