Lignum, by The Joinery Network, is the UK’s first timber window and door system with the Secured by Design Police Preferred Specification, available exclusively to joiners. 

The full UKAS test registered and third party checked Lignum system includes flush casement, box sash and spring balance vertical sliding windows, along with French, single, entrance and bifold doors. Secured by Design rigorously tests security, robustness and long lasting use to ensure safe living environments can be achieved.  

Owen Dare, Founder Director of The Joinery Network, says: “The Joinery Network is all about improving both standards and opportunities for UK joiners. Secured by Design status offers joiners an exclusive edge and credibility, and allows them to reach the new build market, where Secured by Design status is required. 

“Secured by Design ensures all Lignum products are made to the same police preferred standards, which means joiners can select any of our Lignum Manufacturers to manufacture the range.” 

The Joinery Network worked with Lignum Manufacturer JF Joinery to undergo the Secured by Design tests, and JF Joinery are the first of many manufacturers who are set to undergo the stringent audit. 

Doug Skins, Development Officer at Secured by Design, said: “I am delighted that The Joinery Network have joined Secured by Design, with their Lignum system of timber windows and doors having achieved Secured by Design’s Police Preferred Specification.  This is great news for small and medium joineries who wish to produce Secured by Design windows and doors and I look forward to working with The Joinery Network over the coming years.” 

The Secured by Design Lignum system has also been tested to PAS 24:2016, Document Q, BS 6375: 1, Document L1B, and Document M certification, offering joiners the most superior range of timber windows and doors. 

The Joinery Network, the co-operative set up to support joinery manufacturers and improve quality in the timber industry through genuine certification, designed and developed the Lignum range to fill the gap in the market for fully certified timber windows and doors. 

To combat lead time issues on PVCu, there’s never been a better time for installers to look at adding timber to their range, and The Joinery Network’s new Lignum suite of timber windows & doors could be the golden ticket for more profit in 2021.

The Joinery Network, the co-operative set up to support joinery manufacturers and improve quality in the timber industry through genuine certification, has launched Lignum – the UK’s first timber window and door system that fully complies with Building Regulations.

The Lignum range by The Joinery Network is the first complete UK timber window & door system with full PAS 24:2016, Document Q, BS 6375: 1, Document L1B, and Document M certification, available exclusively to joinery manufacturers.

“Timber windows and doors have become one of the fastest growing home improvement and construction products post-lockdown,” says Owen Dare, one of the Founder Directors of The Joinery Network.

“Windows are no longer a distress purchase – instead, homeowners choose to improve their homes with new windows that add style and character and meet demands for more sustainable products. Timber is the ideal choice for this, and we believe Lignum by The Joinery Network is the golden ticket for glazing installers.”

Fully accredited and designed for UK homes, the Lignum range includes flush casement, box sash and spring balance vertical sliding windows, along with French, single, entrance and bifold doors.

Owen adds: “The Joinery Network was formed to deliver safe and legal PAS 24:2016 certification for timber windows and doors, creating more opportunities for joinery manufacturers.”

Window & door manufacturers can choose the products they need, get licences for each product against each test result, and cascade the data to use as their own.

To find out more about the Lignum range of timber windows and doors, visit www.thejoinerynetwork.co.uk.

The Joinery Network is exhibiting at the 2021 virtual Homebuilding and Renovating Show.

The co-operative of industry experts backing timber window and door manufacturers, will be launching the new Lignum timber window and door system to homeowners, promoting the benefits of choosing timber for self-build, refurbishment and renovation projects.

Andy Ball, Founder Director at The Joinery Network and Managing Director of Balls2 Marketing, says: “We’re really excited to be a part of the virtual Homebuilding and Renovating Show. It’s a great way to meet people looking for home improvements and while it won’t be face to face this year, we are hoping to get some good conversations with homeowners looking at choosing timber windows and doors.

“There’s always been an interest for real timber windows. However, many homeowners can only get their hands on timber-replica PVCu windows. Concerns about climate change are causing consumers to make more ethical buying choices, and there’s a growing desire for sustainable products. That’s why we created Lignum – a direct response to the need for easily accessible, certified timber windows in the UK.

“We’re looking forward to speaking directly with homeowners to let them know about our network of certified joinery manufacturers who can offer PAS 24:2016, weather tested timber windows and doors through our licences.”

The Lignum range includes fully tested and accredited flush casement, box sash and spring balance vertical sliding windows, along with French, single, entrance and bifold doors.

The 2021 Homebuilding and Renovating will be taking place online from 16-17 January 2021 and visitors to the show can register here: https://homebuildingshowwinter.vfairs.com/en/registration

We sat down with Owen Dare of OT Dare Consultants and a founder partner of The Joinery Network, to talk about how The Joinery Network is working to boost joinery skills and Building Regulation compliance.

What is the background to the formation and vision of the Joinery Network?

Last year, after considerable planning, a group of like-minded companies launched The Joinery Network with the vision of helping joinery companies to make and sell certified windows and doors.

We knew that joinery businesses needed access to fully tested, accredited timber window and door systems to comply with Building Regulations and compete in the new build market. We also knew that the costs were prohibitive. A joinery company testing their products independently can spend upwards of £50,000 – more than many could justify.

The Joinery Network has already invested more than £60,000 in the design and testing of timber windows and doors to create a fully tested and certified suite of products for joiners to manufacture – Lignum.

Can you say a bit more about the investment in testing for PAS 24:2016 and Approved Document Q for security, Part M for accessibility and BS 6375: 1 for weathertightness and thermal performance?

It’s mandatory for windows and doors fitted into new homes in England and Wales to be Document Q compliant. PAS 24 for security and BS 6375: 1 weather testing are the current standards for Document Q. From talking to joinery manufacturers, we found that they were often given confused information from suppliers and their ability to manufacture fully legal products was limited, so they were missing out on this profitable market.

Creating Lignum, the fully tested Document Q compliant suite of products, tackles this issue head on. It means joinery companies can manufacture the certified products for new build by choosing the relevant product licences from The Joinery Network. It also gives specifiers the confidence to choose local businesses offering products within the scheme.

What is the Lignum window system and how is it different to others on the market?

Lignum is the first complete UK timber window and door system with full PAS 24:2016 certification and Document Q for security, Part M for accessibility and BS 6375: 1 for weathertightness and thermal performance, available to any joinery manufacturer looking for easy access to comply with Building Regulations.

Filling the gap in the market, the extensive Lignum range means joinery companies can choose each product against each test result, so both big and small joiners can offer a full or selective range.

How has the first 18 months in operation progressed?

The number of joiners adding Lignum to their product range is growing well. So far, the range includes vertical sliding box sash windows, top & side swing flush casement and storm-proof windows, along with in & out opening single & double doors, French doors and bifold doors – and there are others in the pipeline.

What does the co-operative bring to the timber windows & doors sector in ‘expertise & practical support’?

As well as providing fully certified timber products, The Joinery Network works to provide joinery manufacturers with skills, tools and practical support for their business.

Our founder partners offer their expertise to arm joiners with the practical support they need to confidently meet Building Regulations and sell more timber windows and doors. This isn’t just hands-on training – we also offer business support including marketing, tax credits and finance.

Joiners can benefit from Leitz CNC machinery training, to Document Q ready hardware from DJH & BJ Waller, while Close Brothers and Fiscale can help with comprehensive advice on asset finance and R&D tax credits. Joinery software specialists CalWin offer IT audits and advice, and Balls2 Marketing host marketing sessions.

We also have an affiliate scheme, where joiners can get support from companies like Centor, Illbruck, James Latham, MBM, Teknos and Winkhaus.

How are you educating the market on boosting joinery skills and Building Regulation compliance?

Education is vital, which is why we offer initial training to ensure standards are being met. I personally visit each licence holder when they sign up for a one-on-one training and consultancy session.

We host open events where we share the latest developments on manufacturing for Building Regulations, demonstrate machinery, tooling and software, and host an expert marketplace and networking session.

We’re hosting webinars and the first one focused on finance advice to help cashflow in these unprecedented times. Future sessions will cover topics such as tooling, software, marketing and sustainability.

The Joinery Network Hub is our Facebook group where we pool together our shared resources and knowledge to support joiners’ growth.

We’re also working with leading certification body Certass to create a Competent Person Scheme, designed specifically for timber installers to skill up and get tested.

The spotlight on timber use is usually on the structural aspects of a building. How important is the joinery sector to the overall drive for sustainability and 2050 net zero targets?

Last year, the government shifted the goalposts of our greenhouse gas emissions target, which was previously an 80% reduction from 1990 levels.

With net zero goals all over the headlines, concerns about climate change are causing consumers to make more ethical buying choices. We want to help joiners make the most of the desire for sustainable home improvements and support the 2050 net zero targets.

There’s always been an interest for real timber windows. However, most homeowners could only get their hands on timber-replica PVCu windows that were suitably accredited. A lot of materials used in the mass PVCu window market are unsustainable, whereas timber is the natural fit for windows. The lack of supply for good quality, certified windows in UK designs stifled growth for the timber market, until now.

To find out more, email hello@thejoinerynetwork.co.uk.

The first joinery manufacturers have started making fully compliant, timber windows and doors with The Joinery Network, the co-operative of timber experts set up to back UK joiners.


Eight leading companies formed The Joinery Network to improve quality and standards through providing test data for timber windows and door for joiners.


Less than a year after the initial launch, The Joinery Network is supporting 15 companies with training, advice and multiple licences to manufacture the new Lignum range of Document Q ready timber windows and doors.


Owen Dare of O T Dare Joinery Consultants, and one of the founder directors of The Joinery Network, says: “We’re really pleased to be providing licences for PAS 24:2016 certified products to such prestigious joinery manufacturers.
“So far, we’ve released vertical sliding box sash windows, top & side swing flush casement and storm-proof windows, along with in & out opening single & double doors, French doors and bifold doors. Each joinery company has chosen a selection of licences for the products of their choice and is currently undergoing thorough training on how to manufacture to meet compliancy.”


The Joinery Network has invested in testing for PAS 24:2016 and Approved Document Q for security, Part M for accessibility and BS 6375: 1 for weathertightness and thermal performance, to provide easy access for joiners to comply with Building Regulations.


“Since receiving their certificates, orders for Lignum are already coming in for our customers, demonstrating that there is a demand out there for fully tested, superior timber windows and doors,” Owen adds.


For more information on manufacturing compliant timber windows and doors, get in touch with The Joinery Network on 033 33 44 98 95.

Joiners can benefit from a fully certified system of timber windows and doors thanks to testing done by The Joinery Network.


The co-operative, which has been set up to help joinery companies manufacture superior, fully certified windows and door, has successfully tested a range of timber products against a selection of tests to meet regulations.

Vertical sliding box sash windows, vertical sliding spiral balance, top & side swing flush casement and storm-proof windows, entrance doors, (including low thresholds), French doors, Single doors, (including in & out opening), and bifold doors have all passed tests for PAS 24:2016 and Document Q for security, BS 6375: 1 and Document L1B for weathertightness and energy efficiency, and Document M for accessibility.


O T Dare Joinery Consultant, Owen Dare, and one of the founder directors at The Joinery Network, says: “We’ve tested a comprehensive range of timber products against all of the necessary tests for Building Regulations compliance so that joiners can offer a suited range of certified windows and doors.


“Joiners can choose what they need, getting licences for each product, against each test result and cascading the data to use as their own. This means that that both big and small joiners, offering a full or selective range, can comply with regulations and won’t have to worry about falling foul of the law.


“They also don’t have the hassle of spending upwards of £80,000 into testing themselves as The Joinery Network has already made that investment. It’s an easy way for joiners to show that their products comply with Building Regulations and win more sales.”


The Joinery Network was created to support joiners looking to grow their business by getting into the new build market. The founders, BJ Waller, Balls2 Marketing, Close Brothers, DJH Group Ltd, Fiscale, Leitz Tooling UK, and OT Dare Joinery Consultants, offer expertise through every step of the supply chain and are on hand to offer advice.


“We’re really pleased that every product passed each test and we’re glad to play a part in supporting the timber industry and back UK manufacturers providing superior, high quality timber window and doors,” adds Owen.


Joiners can get licences for their timber windows and doors by emailing hello@thejoinerynetwork.co.uk

The Joinery Network, the co-operative set up to support joinery manufacturers and improve quality and standards in the timber industry by achieving genuine certification, have announced their next customer event.


Joinery manufacturers are invited to SCM Group in Nottingham on 21 November to find out how to make PAS 24, Document Q, Part M and BS 6375: 1 compliant timber windows and doors and build a profitable business.

Owen Dare, one of the founder directors of The Joinery Network, says: “After two successful customer events in Milton Keynes, we’ve decided to host the last event in Nottingham to round our first year off.


“The network is growing briskly, with joinery manufacturers taking advantage of our investment in product testing, access to tooling and finance. This enables them to manufacture superior quality windows and doors and tap into the new build market with certified products.


“That’s why we set up The Joinery Network – to provide joinery manufacturers cascaded test data that complies with the relevant regulations and standards needed for the complete range of windows and doors, as well as to offer expert advice on how to build their business from people who really understand the industry.


“The customer event on 21 November will be focused on how to manufacture the most cost-effective, certified range of timber windows and doors, with machine tooling and demonstrations from SCM group, as well as expert workshops from our founder partners, with advice on subjects from manufacturing to finance.”


Joinery manufacturers will be able to get specialist advice from The Joinery Network founder partners BJ Waller, Balls2 Marketing, Close Brothers, DJH Group Ltd, Fiscale, Leitz Tooling UK, and OT Dare Joinery Consultants.


“We chose Nottingham this time as it’s a central location for joiners from the north, east, south and west to meet. We’ll also be organising an evening of networking for anyone who is staying in the city,” Owen adds.


To book your place at The Joinery Network’s next open day on 21 November at SCM Group Nottingham, email hello@thejoinerynetwork.co.uk

Founder director at The Joinery Network, Owen Dare discusses how joinery manufacturers can benefit from selling to newbuild developers and trade installation companies. With more than 35 years’ experience in the industry, joinery expert Owen is Managing Director at OT Dare Joinery Consultants.

Testing times

When I talk to joinery manufacturers often the top subject is about how to sell good quality timber windows and doors into newbuild developers and trade installation companies. Companies want the opportunity to make and sell more, but we continue to see PVCu and aluminium windows and doors take the lion’s share of the work. We know that timber is a far superior product, it will outlast even the best PVCu and it comes with all the environmental credentials that we know homeowners want.
The issue for many of these joinery manufacturers is that getting to sell into these markets requires accreditations, which can be costly. The upfront investment in testing is huge and can outweigh any future profits, especially if it’s for a one-off project. It doesn’t make financial sense for joinery manufacturers.
If we look at the way the PVCu and aluminium sectors have tackled this, it’s led by the system companies. They test a variety of window and door configurations including specific hardware and glass. The results can be cascaded down from the system company through the supply chain and used by both fabricators and installers. The standardisation of these systems means it’s worth the system companies taking the financial responsibility of testing.

Legislation

The legislation has been set up to protect consumers. However, because of the costs, this system discriminates against small and medium sized manufacturers of timber windows and doors. This is a huge problem, because the majority of joiners in the UK are SMEs.
Because there can be no system companies when it comes to timber windows, a different solution is needed. For many years I wanted to find a way to fund the upfront testing. The Joinery Network has made it a reality. The newly formed cooperative of eight businesses has a common goal to support joinery manufacturers make and sell superior timber windows and doors. It has collectively funded the testing of a complete range of windows and doors needed for joinery manufacturers to enter the trade and new build sectors.

The Joinery Network

The founder members of The Joinery Network cover everything needed for joiners: Leitz Tooling UK for tooling; Close Brothers for asset finance of tooling and machinery; BJ Waller for ironmongery; DJH Group for Stonebridge and Finesse hardware; Critica for manufacturing software; Balls2 Marketing for marketing; Fiscale for R&D tax credits; and OT Dare Joinery Consultants. Each of the companies brings a level of expertise that can help joinery manufacturers.
The first step for The Joinery Network was to invest in testing. This included initial BS 6375: 1 for weathertightness and thermal performance; PAS 24 and Approved Document Q for security; and Part M to ensure that people can access and use buildings and their facilities.

Testing for performance

Members of The Joinery Network were keen to do as many variations of windows and doors as possible. In total we have tested 9 variations including flush casement, box sash vertical sliding windows, and entrance doors with standard and low thresholds, French and single doors, and bi-folding doors. We are about to test a high performing flush/storm-proof casement. We have also pushed the boundaries by making the largest products possible to the test laboratories capabilities.
The windows tested were manufactured by Scotts of Thrapston. Scotts has been around for nearly 100 years providing timber products to the construction industry, but its window offering was geared to supplying the property refurbishment market. The company was keen to get involved in the new build market and was looking for new tooling to manufacture windows and doors. To expand the business into this sector, they needed certified products.
Once we had the initial batch of products, The Joinery Network booked two weeks at the UKAS testing house. The results are excellent. We included full-glazed, half-glazed and panel door options, opening both in and out, and tested several permutations of French doors.

Cascading the results

There was good reason to test appropriately sized window and doors. Cascaded results have to be a true representation of the products manufactured. Testing small sized windows simply doesn’t give joiners the back up they need for new build projects.
This means we now have the results that can be cascaded to other manufacturers and installers. To cover the costs and future testing, joiners can use The Joinery Network’s results through a licencing system.
The licences are available for the products needed, and the fees have been designed to be easily affordable. It’s not just the fees that the Joinery Network is keen to keep low. The system massively reduces the up-front costs of creating a system suitable for the new build market. Tom Barfield, joinery sales manager at Scotts of Thrapston, has estimated that by working with The Joinery Network for the tooling and testing, they have saved £50,000 on the set up of the system.

The future

The launch of The Joinery Network has already attracted interest from joinery manufacturers looking to get involved in selling to new build and trade installers. As well as the website, and social media, we have set up The Joinery Network Hub as a group on Facebook so joinery manufacturers can pose questions and discuss issues. We also have a number of practical events coming up this year which joiners can attend free of charge.
We have chosen to test the most popular configurations, but there is still more testing to do. This will be ongoing to create a comprehensive range of products to suit all applications.
Apart from the licence fees, there are no membership fees or tie-ins for joiners to share any of the information we deliver. We believe that this is the best way to help joinery manufacturers access the lucrative new build and trade installer markets.

The Joinery Network, a newly formed co-operative of industry experts backing timber window and door manufacturers, is bringing together the eight founding companies at the FIT Show 2019.


Balls2 Marketing is hosting the launch lunch on behalf of The Joinery Network, as they are the marketing specialist in the co-operative.

The Joinery Network is inviting timber window and door companies to the launch on the Wednesday to find out more on how to manufacture superior, genuine PAS 24 compliant timber products.


“We’re excited to meet with companies at FIT Show who include timber in their product portfolio, as well as the wider industry, to talk to them about how they can manufacture superior timber windows and benefit from expert advice and practical support from eight leading industry suppliers,” says Andy Ball, Managing Director of Balls2 Marketing.
“The Joinery Network was set up to meet joinery manufacturers’ demand for genuine Document Q PAS 24 & BS6375 timber windows and doors and the partners have invested in testing.


“So far, through Owen Dare of OT Dare Consultants, we have tested for BS 6375: 1 for weathertightness and thermal performance, PAS 24 and Approved Document Q for security, and Part M. Our aim is to allow joiners to achieve genuine certification without any risk.”


Joining Balls2 Marketing as founding partners of The Joinery Network are OT Dare Consultants, BJ Waller, Leitz Tooling UK, DJH Group Ltd, Critica LTD, Fiscale and Close Brothers.


The Joinery Network launch lunch will be on stand D30 on Wednesday 22 May at 1pm and visitors to the show will find The Joinery Network on the Timber Trail.

“Joiners need easy access to PAS24 security certification for timber windows and doors to comply with Document Q of Building Regulations,” says O T Dare Joinery Consultant, Owen Dare, and one of the founder directors at The Joinery Network, newly launched to support joinery companies.


“The Joinery Network booked two weeks at the testing house for an initial batch of products to cover BS 6375: 1 for weathertightness and thermal performance, PAS 24 and Approved Document Q for security, and Part M to ensure that people are able to access and use buildings and their facilities.
“We recognise that joiners need test results for all the windows and doors they’re making. It means a much broader range of products, options and styles must be tested, to ensure the results can be cascaded to comply with Building Regulations.


“We are aiming to build up the product portfolio, to give joiners a comprehensive range to choose from. Day one saw passes on the box sash and flush casement window, and the second day we added single doors opening both in and out, including low thresholds to comply with Part M. We have included full glazed, half-glazed and panel door options, opening both in and out,” adds Owen.


“All permutations of French doors are also being tested during this time. We will continue to add more products including thermalite windows, stormproof flush sash and aluclad options.”


Joiners can get a licence from The Joinery Network to use the cascaded data to offer products compliant with the regulations, whether it’s for PAS24, Part Q or Part M. Under the scheme The Joinery Network offers all the technical support to get companies set up, so they don’t fall foul of the law. “The Joinery Network has already had a huge amount of interest from joinery companies. They want an easy way to show their products comply with Building Regulations.”


The Joinery Network is a cooperative of leading industry suppliers, bringing expertise, practical support and certified products to grow timber window and door businesses. The range of expertise covers tooling and hardware through to marketing and asset finance. The eight founder partners in The Joinery Network have invested in the product testing as part of their commitment to the industry.