Reaction to Timber in Construction Roadmap Policy Paper


Criag Greenwood, Commercial Director, NorDan UK Ltd “NorDan UK broadly welcomes the Government’s Timber in Construction Roadmap, and we wholly support the recognition of timber as essential to reducing embodied and operational carbon emissions in construction and across the built environment.

“NorDan UK also agrees that improving performance data on timber and whole life carbon is essential to enabling the construction industry to make more informed decisions on the value of timber building materials, and we urge manufacturers to seek independently validated Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) on their timber products.

“Although NorDan UK understands the reasons to increase domestic UK timber production, there is currently enormous capacity for sustainable timber across Northern Europe, so much so that in 2023 we could have built a new family sized home every seven seconds. Construction does not need to wait and can realise all the low-carbon benefits via imported timber today.”


Founded in 1926, and still family owned, NorDan is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of high-performance composite timber windows and doors. NorDan has always tried to challenge what is possible with timber, engineering its products to not only endure the brutal realities of a Nordic winter – but also the intense corrosive challenges of Norwegian maritime conditions. This is achieved by combining the highest quality of design, with unprecedented durability, sustainability and safety. 

At the heart of NorDan’s sustainability ethos has always been timber as a renewable and high-quality building material – which over time has grown and matured throughout the company. Sustainably grown and harvested timber is now proven to be a carbon negative building material, which has been combined with NorDan’s sustainable commitment to energy, manufacturing and other aspects of business operations. In 2021, the company launched ‘We Have a Window of Opportunity’, at COP26 in Glasgow, a further commitment and rallying call.

To learn more visit The group now employs 2,200 people across Europe, and in 2020/21 turned over in the region of £58 million.

NorDan UK

NorDan UK first entered the UK market in 1981, initially building a presence in Scotland (where climate conditions best suited its high performance windows and doors), but gradually developed a UK wide customer base. With its headquarters in Livingston, NorDan now has regional offices across the UK, as well as teams of technical advisors to assist in the correct specification of products.

NorDan has ambitious plans to double its 2021 turnover by 2025, with an intensive growth strategy. This growth will be fuelled by an increasing demand for building products that meet higher standards in long-term endurance and sustainability, as opposed to cheaper, shorter-term solutions. This includes the UK’s Future Homes Standard, with a goal of net zero carbon emissions from new homes by 2050, and a standard that all windows must have a u-value of below 0.8.

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