New window and door framework

PVCU and timber window and door manufacturers, suppliers, and installers are being sought for a new four-year £66 million framework for public sector projects.

The Windows and Doors framework (WD2) from LHC allows local authorities, social landlords and other public sector bodies to source PVCU and timber products and end-to-end design services for both residential and non-residential projects.

WD2 combines LHC’s previous PVCU products (U10) and timber products (T4) frameworks and will also extend its scope to include aluminium clad timber windows.

Each workstream will offer standard and enhanced performance options in preparation for the interim uplift to Part L of the Building Regulations, which are expected to be enforced from June 2022, and the full Future Homes Standard regulations expected in 2025.

Dean Fazackerley, head of technical procurement, said: “Sustainability is top of the agenda for local authorities and housing associations. This framework is designed to help them meet the forthcoming, enhanced Part L regulations and the Future Homes Standard by providing a pool of pre-approved companies that can supply and install high quality PVCU and timber windows and door products.

“There is a huge emphasis on quality, and it is the majority factor in whether a company is appointed to the framework. As part of this, third party evidence of product performance will be mandatory, with emphasis on U-values, durability and lifecycle costs.”

The framework has three lots as follows: Lot 1, manufacture, supply and installation of PVCU windows and doors; Lot 2, manufacture, supply and installation of timber windows and doors; and Lot 3, manufacture, supply and installation of aluminium-clad timber windows.