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GreenSteps Showroom

GreenSteps Showroom open to visitors

18th January 2016 – GreenSteps Showroom Refurbished & Open for Viewings

The GreenSteps showroom, located in the village of Buxhall in Suffolk, is now newly refurbished and open for viewings. Please contact us with details of your project and we can then make an appointment for you to view samples, including large sliding doors, glass to glass corner units, colour swatches and dozens of other sample units. The showroom also contains a 50″ screen, on which you can view photos of previous projects and also review your own project designs with us. Don’t delay, make an appointment to visit today!

naked house project at Coddenham

naked house project at Coddenham

3rd November 2015 – GreenSteps launches naked house Ltd

naked house Ltd produces pre-fabricated timber frame Passivhaus buildings. The naked house offering includes all heating, hot water and MVHR services and full PHPP calculations. Teaming up with award winning Passivhaus builders Princedale Ecohaus, GreenSteps has launched naked house Ltd. to tackle the growing demand for Passivhaus buildings. The naked house solution offers a complete Passivhaus package, meaning that builders and designers with limited experience in low energy construction can now deliver Passivhaus projects for excellent value and without the risk of escalating costs. Visit www.nakedhouse.co.uk for more information.

29th May 2014 – GreenSteps Launches Timber Framed Insulated Panel Houses

The latest addition to the GreenSteps range – fully insulated and on site assembled timber framed panel houses. Available in almost any design and up to full Passivhaus performance, this is the best way to guarantee that your building performs to its designed level. The panels are produced under tightly controlled factory conditions, with the windows and doors pre-installed in the factory. The panels are then assembled on site by highly trained technicians, guaranteeing the airtightness performance of the finished article.

GreenSteps will take your own house design, carry out the necessary structural calculations for production and produce layout designs for foundations for your groundworks team to undertake. The timber framed house is then assembled on the site in approximately 7 to 10 days, leaving you with a watertight building ready for roof tiling, external facings (other than timber cladding, which can be factory applied) and interior fit out. GreenSteps can recommend approved groundworks and interior fit out teams in the East of England and will supply and assemble the houses anywhere within the UK. Read more about GreenSteps Timber Framed Houses here.

GreenSteps presented with Build It Award by Alan Davies

GreenSteps presented with Build It Award by Alan Davies

 

21st November 2013 – GreenSteps Triple Glazed Lift & Slide Doors WINNERS of Build It Awards 2013

Following our nomination for the Build It Awards back in October, GreenSteps is delighted to announce that we won our category, with the judges saying that they loved the design flexibility and the performance of our system.

The awards were presented by Alan Davies at a dinner and ceremony.

 

9th October 2013 – GreenSteps Triple Glazed Windows Shortlisted for Build It Awards 2013

GreenSteps Triple Glazed Windows

GreenSteps Triple Glazed Curtain Walling

GreenSteps triple glazed curtain walling incorporating lift and slide door sashes have been shortlisted for the ‘Best Glazed Product’ category in the Build It Awards for 2013.

The GreenSteps system of Triple Glazed Lift & Slide Doors in Curtain Walling creates a remarkable feeling of light and space in any building. The design of the curtain wall is completely bespoke, with any combination of glazed panel sizes and frame sections. This allows it to fit into almost any building design. The key benefits to any self-builder or renovation project are:

–       The ability to create a large expanse of glazed wall, uninterrupted by frame, in order to make the most of an outlook.
–       To improve the performance of the building due to the use of 48mm thickness 0.6W/m2K triple glazed units with two low-e glass coatings.
–       To open internal and external spaces seamlessly.
–       The extremely low maintenance of the system.

The frame elements of the curtain wall system are a slim 56mm wide. All the internal parts of the system are made from natural FSC certified Redwood timber, which is warm to the touch and ensures sustainability of construction. All joining brackets between the timber elements are concealed, giving a seamless appearance to the construction.

The external aluminium curtain wall elements are produced by Gutmann in Germany, who are renowned for high performance aluminium components. They are powder coated to be resistant to the elements and give a very low maintenance product, with only occasional cleaning of the faces required. No screw spots or fixings are visible from the outside either, giving a slick and smooth appearance.

25th September 2013 – Come and see GreenSteps Triple Glazed Windows and Sliding Doors at the Big Green Home Show on 25th October

GreenSteps triple glazed windows and doors are always available to view at our permanent stand at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon. However, on 25th October you will be able to speak to one of our team about your project as part of the Big Green Home Show at the centre. Tickets are free if you book online in advance at www.nsbrc.co.uk.

16th September 2013 – GreenSteps Triple Glazed Windows and Sliding Doors in Bardon Mill Village Hall

GreenSteps Triple Glazed façade at Bardon Mill

GreenSteps Triple Glazed façade at Bardon Mill

GreenSteps triple glazed windows and lift & slide doors were used in the National Lottery funded Bardon Mill Village Hall project. The triple glazed façade, which overlooks the park and floods the building with light, is made up of GreenSteps Euro profile triple glazed windows and lift & slide doors linked together. The triple glazed units have far lower heat loss characteristics than standard glazing (with a u-value of 0.8W/m2K) and contribute to the very low running costs of the building as a whole.

4th July 2013 – GreenSteps Passivhaus Windows in Passivhaus Trust Award Winning Project

GreenSteps Passivhaus windows and doors were used in the Lancaster Co-Housing project, which won the Social/Group Housing Sector Passivhaus Trust Award. Andrew Yeats of EcoArc Architects said “We hope the completed Lancaster Cohousing 41 passive house project can be a catalyst for future sustainable neighbourhood developments  across the country and provide a stepping stone to deliver more higher volume Passivhaus housing projects to communities throughout the UK.” http://www.passivhaustrust.org.uk/news/detail/?nId=243#.Ue6noxRwaUk

 25th February 2013 – GreenSteps uses Certified Carbon Balanced paper for 2013 GreenSteps Windows Brochure

GreenSteps has opted to use Carbon Balanced paper to produce our 2013 GreenSteps Windows Brochure. As a result, we received a certificate to indicate how the CO2 impact of producing our printed paper brochures has been offset by preserving, in perpetuity, 10m2 of critically threatened tropical forest through the World Land Trust. You can download the certificateGreensteps Carbon balanced paper certificate

Pick up your copy of our brochure on our stand S1131 at Ecobuild 2013.

16th November 2012 – Free Airtightness Seminar at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre, Swindon

Unlocking the secrets of airtightness, including:
Airtightness detailing
Airtightness materials and products
Tips for successful implementation of airtightness strategies in projects
Case studies, including the Lancaster Co-Housing project (45 dwellings to Passivhaus and Code Level 6)
Practical demonstrations of airtightness tape application

For more details and to register your FREE place, contact support@greensteps.co.uk

20th September 2012 – GreenSteps Sliding Doors to Feature on Grand Designs on Wednesday 26th September

Grand Designs

Grand Designs Brixton House featuring GreenSteps sliding doors

GreenSteps triple glazed sliding doors and a bespoke curtain walling with sliding sashes features in an episode forming part of Series 8 of the well known tv show Grand Designs. As our clients attempted to create a minimalist haven in Central London, the use of huge sets of sliding doors instead of windows on each floor of the house was a key feature. In order to meet their stringent energy consumption requirements, triple glazing was a must have. At GreenSteps we were able to specify ultra high performance glazing units and comply with their requirements for overheight windows when no other manufacturer could. Watch the show on Channel 4 on Wednesday 26th September 2012 to find out more…

31st August 2012 – GreenSteps Passivhaus Windows Critical in Success of Lancaster Co-Housing CSH Level 6 Project

Lancaster Co-Housing Terrace A

GreenSteps Windows and Doors in Lancaster Co-Housing Project

GreenSteps windows and doors have been used in the Passivhaus / Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 development at Lancaster Co-Housing. This is a development of 45 homes built to the highest possible energy efficiency standards in a beautiful riverside location.

In order to achieve the Passivhaus standard, gruelling levels of airtightness are required throughout the construction process. The required level of fewer than 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals of pressure is exceptionally hard to achieve. The equivalent standard for ordinary UK building regulations is 10 air changes per hour, so the Passivhaus level is just 6% of what is allowed under standard building regulations.

The choice and installation of windows and doors is a critical part of achieving this airtightness standard. GreenSteps Passivhaus windows and doors, with their unique 4 gasket airtight system, were chosen because of their exceptionally high performance standards. They were installed by Mike Neate’s team from Eco-DC (an approved GreenSteps window installer). This has now proven to be the correct choice, with the completed buildings achieving airtightness levels of 0.3 – 0.35 air changes per hour @ 50Pa.

With the BM Trada Q-Mark to verify independently the quality of production and the security and performance standards of GreenSteps windows and doors, they are an attractive and cost-effective option for any high performance development.

BS7950 Security testing on GreenSteps Windows

20th August 2012 – GreenSteps Passivhaus Windows and Doors Achieve BM Trada Q-Mark for Enhanced Security

GreenSteps has obtained the BM Trada Q-Mark standard for its Passivhaus Triple Glazed Windows and Doors. The range now complies with BS 7950 (enhanced security for windows), PAS23 & 24 (enhanced security for doors) and is suitable for use in all projects requiring Secured by Design compliance.

GreenSteps Passivhaus Windows and Doors are the highest performance windows and doors on the market. Achieving a u-value of 0.71W/m2K and with zero air leakage. The range has been used on the Lancaster Co-Housing Project, a Passivhaus and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 development of 45 homes where the completed buildings have consistently achieved air leakage rates of just 0.35 air changes per hour.

During weather testing, the test was abandoned due to time constraints after there was still no leakage at 1350 Pascals of pressure. This is equivalent to a constant wind speed of 106 mph.

For more details, or to obtain a quote for your project, please contact support@greensteps.co.uk or telephone 01621 740591

21st May 2012 – DendroLight to be Distributed by James Latham plc

GreenSteps is delighted to announce that timber panels distributor James Latham will be stocking and distributing DendroLight panels. Through their ‘Advanced Technical Panels’ division, James Latham are well known for stocking innovative timber panel materials.

DendroLight is a lightweight, strong, stable and easily processed material suitable for a wide range of uses where strength and stability are critical. More details can be found on the following website: http://www.advancedtechnicalpanels.co.uk/products/Dendrolight