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Top: Window and door joinery was supplied by NK Windows. Window frames were fixed directly to the building frame with no reveals, just gib returns and a timber sill. This provides a strong finishing detail, typical of a European home. A Basalt Grey foil exterior profile complements the home’s cladding. Above left and right: The architect specified one of NK Windows’ coloured profiles with an Ivory base colour on the interior. NK Windows supplied the exterior uPVC window and door joinery to frame the glazing, says director of NK Windows Martin Ball. “Our brief from the architect was to provide a high performance thermally efficient window and door solution, that would accommodate the high spec glass. We had to take particular care with the low-threshold sills on the main doors.” The low-threshold door sills were needed to help gain safe-living Lifemark status, and NK Windows worked closely with the builder and architect to achieve this. The other challenge was the architect’s request to have the windows search | save | share at positioned in the centre of the framing in order to achieve better thermal performance. “This required us developing a customised flashing solution for the residence,” says Ball. NK Windows used its 5-chamber EuroFutur profile from the Profine Group in Germany for the sustainable house project. “In addition, the quest for thermal efficiency meant the windows are all inwards-opening and tilt-and-turn,” says Ball. “This product offers superior security, with multiple locking points on the sashes, and also allows for a secure ventilation option, vital to the design.”