Green is a positive signal

By Ben Brocklesby, director at Origin.

Climate change is high on the public agenda and, as such, is driving change across businesses and government legislation.

Not only are organisations becoming increasingly aware of the importance of sustainability, but green credentials are now a key point of difference for consumers when choosing suppliers, brands and products.

When over 30,000 consumers across 60 countries took part in a piece of research into how they felt about brands and what influences their buying behaviours, the results overwhelmingly revealed that the vast majority were willing to pay more for one thing: sustainability. In fact, over 65% said they would shell out for sustainable goods according to the survey conducted by Nielson.

We are passionate about incorporating economically viable, socially responsible and environmentally friendly practices into our operations, to secure Origin as the brand of choice among sustainability-savvy homeowners.

Whether your business is cutting down on the use of fossil fuels, going paperless or encouraging employees to steer away from single use plastic cups on their coffee break, it’s often the smallest changes that make the biggest difference. Switching to the right suppliers – such as one with a zero-to-landfill policy – is a change that can support your sustainability drive, one step at a time. After all, sustainability is a journey, not a destination.

Here are my thoughts on sustainable choices for fenestration systems:

Choice of material

We champion the use of aluminium, partly because it is 100% recyclable. It retains all its original properties during the recycling process, making it more eco-friendly than other commonly used materials, such as wood or PVCU. In fact, 75% of all aluminium sourced in 1880 is still in use today and is by far the most recycled material in manufacturing.

Thermal performance

Despite its energy performance, triple glazing is not always the most sustainable option. A quality double glazed door or window can perform at the same level as a triple glazed door or window especially when further enhanced using Aerogel. This optional upgrade from Origin has the lowest thermal conductivity of any known solid material. By using just 10mm in the thermal break can boost the thermal efficiency by up to 67%.

Choosing lighter double glazing also impacts fuel consumption on delivery; it is estimated that for every 45kg removed, the fuel economy is increased by 1%-2%.


Use accreditations to identify businesses adopting efficient, sustainable practices. ISO 14001, for example, demonstrates that a supplier has met with high environmental standards and is continuously minimising how their operations impact the environment.

Origin’s environmental management system ensures we exceed these standards by reducing, reusing and recycling materials. We expect our accredited partners to uphold the same standards.

By partnering with a quality supplier, you can enhance your reputation, bottom line, carbon footprint and meet your sustainability targets, all at the same time.