14th March 2017
 
Wood Windows Receive ‘World-First’ Verified Environmental Product Declaration At Ecobuild
 

The world’s first verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) calculated through the new BRE LINA tool was unveiled at Ecobuild on 7th March 2017. British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and Wood Window Alliance member Mumford & Wood’s Conservation Casement Window became the first product to receive a verified EPD, with the Stormsure Timber Casement Window by JELD-WEN due to follow shortly.
Speakers at the launch (pictured left to right) included Dr Shamir Ghumra, director at the BRE Centre for Sustainable Products, Beatrix Richards, head of corporate stewardship (sustainable commodities) at WWF-UK, and BWF Chief Executive Iain McIlwee.

 
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Royal Oak Joinery Grow Business With Tommafold Doors
 

Royal Oak Joinery produce and fit timber windows, doors and staircases, along with cabinet carpentry and other timber related projects. Royal Oak Joinery have been establish for over 30 years and employ highly experienced joiners and carpenters.

Over the past few years Bi-Fold doors have become increasingly popular with clients and Royal Oak Joinery have been using Tommafold door gear for all their latest installations.

 
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Construction ‘Scandal’ Shines Light On Decline In Housing Quality
 

A recent scandal involving one of the big national housebuilders has further shone a light on the pressures put on firms to meet the government’s housing targets.

Bovis Homes is to pay £7m to repair poorly built homes sold to customers. Bovis, who built almost 4,000 homes last year, is accused of knowingly selling homes that had problems including faulty plumbing, no guttering and half-finished tiling.

 
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GLASSOLUTIONS Recognised As First Rate Fleet Operator

 

Glass manufacturer, processor and distributor GLASSOLUTIONS is driving standards forward having secured accreditation as a leading UK commercial vehicle operator.

Achieving the silver level requirements of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) in the UK and Ireland, GLASSOLUTIONS has been recognised as promoting best practice in the transport sector. It reflects the company’s substantial investment in new vehicles equipped to the highest safety standards,

 
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Dear Gerald,

 

In his recent report on the Window, Door and Conservatory Markets in Housing, Palmer[1] identifies significant growth and opportunities in bi-folding doors, and highlights growth in patio doors. Strong forecasts of sales growth mean greater demand for larger sealed units in bifolds and sliding patio doors.

But, some have asked, what sort of spacer is best suited to these large units, soft and flexible or a rigid spacer bar? Do heavy window and door frames put more pressure on sealed units, so they deflect, making a flexible spacer bar better at dealing with the deflection?

 
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Secured By Design Licenses First Stable Door
 

Solidor’s stable door is the first stable door to achieve a Secured By Design (SBD) license. SBD is a national police initiative developed to specifically encourage and recognise manufacturers who design security into their products.

The unique laminated-hardwood timber core in a Solidor makes it structurally strong and secure. As a result it can be split into two sections and easily supports the improved functionality of a stable door, whilst still keeping homes safe from intruders whilst still keeping homes safe from intruders.

 
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Quarter Of Million Pound Investment In Kingfisher Announced

 

Profile 22 manufacturer, Kingfisher uPVC Windows and Doors Ltd has invested more than a quarter of a million pounds in new production equipment at its existing factory in Drighlington, Near Leeds, West Yorkshire.

But, the introduction of the four new manufacturing units that have already been put into the production process, are not part of the major planned development due to be announced later this year. These have been bought and commissioned solely to maintain the quality of the products currently being manufactured from their existing site.

 
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It’s A New Angle As Eurocell Elevates Skypod Range

 

Building upon the success of the Skypod range of PVC-U skylights, Eurocell is launching its latest model – SkypodAcute.As the name suggests, the new addition features a steeper pitch: 350 in fact, a full 150 more than the current design.

The new 350 pitch is visually very different to the standard 200, making it suitable for more commercial applications such as schools, colleges, hospitals and offices, where this pitch degree is better suited to larger,

 
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Glazerite Doors Beat The Burglar After Attempted Break In

 

A property on a new-build development was subject to an attempted break-in recently, following an installation of 12 VEKA windows, a six pane bi-folding door and Matrix 70 residential door, supplied by trade fabricator The Glazerite UK Group Ltd and installed by GFT Frames Ltd.

Glazerite’s Group Director Jason Thompson explains: “The failed burglars first attempted to enter the home by removing the handles on the bi-folding door, but were faced with the Ultion Cylinder and,

 
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Rapid growth calls for a new factory for The Window Outlet
 

Bristol based aluminium company The Window Outlet have responded to recent staggering growth by opening a 11,000 square-foot factory.

Situated near the firm’s existing HQ in Bedminster, the new facility provides a dedicated space for the production of its patio and bifolding doors, not only allowing it to stock much higher quantities of aluminium profile, but offer even shorter lead times.

 
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#builtwithBosch To Expand In 2017 – Free Tools For Professionals Selected As Testers
 

Following the successful campaign in 2016, Bosch Professional announces it will run #builtwithBosch throughout 2017.

The #builtwithBosch campaign calls for professional tradespeople to apply to become official testers and then trial the latest power tools and technology over a 6 week period. In return Bosch asks them to post short film clips to Facebook and/or YouTube showing their reaction to the tools, introducing their features and recording their experience of the tools in use.

 
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Roof Maker Brings World-Class Roof Window Expertise To Home Building And Renovating 2017
 

Leicester roof glazing specialists Roof Maker will be showcasing their stunning range of rooflight products at this year’s Home Building and Renovating Show.

Held at the Birmingham NEC, Home Building and Renovating brings together leading brands and experts from the home improvement, self-build and renovation sectors to help self-builders and renovators find the best products for their projects, as well as seek advice and guidance from industry professionals.

 
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SMARTGLASS Dynamic Sales Kits Are In Demand
 

Just a few weeks after launch, requests for the new SMARTGLASS® Dynamic sample kits have exceeded two hundred, with companies and individuals keen to try out this revolutionary, self-tinting, glass technology for conservatories, Orangeries and other glazing elements.

There has been considerable investment in these handy-sized sample kits, which encourages users to place a sample piece of SMARTGLASS® Dynamic in any hot liquid for 30 seconds.

 
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Four Seasons In One Day At Eurocell
 

Joining in the celebrazione, Eurocell – one of the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of window, door, conservatory and roofline products – made the mozzarella of National Pizza Day recently by treating its hard-working trade customers to a (meat) feast and laying on the Italian classic at its 170 branches nationwide. In the main, the branches fed customers arriving at its trade counters, although some pushed out the gondola by delivering pizzas to sites placing orders worth over £200.

 
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BSi Recognition For Fast-Growing Fenster Fabrications
 

Torquay’s Fenster Fabrications has achieved the highly respected BSi BS 4873/PAS24 accreditation. Trading for eleven years, the firm is one of the South West’s foremost aluminium suppliers, offering the full range of Smarts windows and doors to trade customers throughoutthe South West region.

BSi recognition adds another valuable selling point to a product range that’s already among the most extensive in the region. First trademarked in 1903,

 
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Guardian Glass To Add A Laminated Glass Production Line At Its Plant In Oroshaza, Hungary

To support the increasing demand for laminated glass in Europe, Guardian Glass is adding a new laminated

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ExtrudaSeal Launches New Through-Colour Foam Gasket

ExtrudaSeal has announced the launch of AeroSeal, its pioneering new through-colour aluminium bi-fold

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elumatec To Bring uPVC Revolution With Renewed Sturtz Partnership

Machining firm elumatec has signed a deal that will see it exclusively supply a host of uPVC machinery products

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Stratus – Six Months On

The last six months have flown by for Synseal Group with March marking half a year since the formal launch

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Double R Showcases IGU Line At Open House

A rare opportunity to see high automation in action was offered at Double R Glass & Roofing Systems’

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80 Years Of Deceuninck

Deceuninck is delighted to be celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. One of the top PVC-U extrusion

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LB Roof Windows Helps Installers Capitalise On White Window Trend With Liteleader

Mansfield-based roof window specialists LB Roof Windows is helping installers capitalise on .

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Exlabesa’s KLS Patio Door Suite Delivers What Market Is Looking For

Having an offering that reflects market trends is a fundamental requirement of a successful business and it’s

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Green Building Store Partners With CENSolutions For Certification On New Lift & Slide Door

Green Building Store has just launched a triple glazed timber Lift & Slide door which, thanks to partnering

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Mercury Glazing Shows The Versatility Of Vertical Sliders

Mercury Glazing Supplies Limited is one of the most experienced vertical slider fabricators in the industry and

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Composite Wood Connects For The Perfect Timber Alternative Garden Room

For the perfect timber alternative garden room, Composite Wood Company™ now features unique

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FIT Show

Mr & Mrs Fit Take Over Twitter

They may be small in stature, but thanks to an online marketing campaign from the organisers.

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Master Fitter Challenge Winner 2016 Is An Inspiration To Other Installers

After an impressive win at last year’s Master Fitter Challenge – the intense two-day installer competition

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Four New Products From AluK At The FIT Show

AluK is at the FIT Show for the first time and will definitely be making its presence felt.

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Emmegi (UK) Back At FIT With Biggest Ever Stand

Emmegi (UK) will have its biggest ever stand at this year’s ‘biggest ever’ FIT Show.

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Primed And Ready To Apeer At FIT Show

After the success of last year’s FIT Show Apeer are already gearing up for the next with grand plans to

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More New Prefix Products For The FIT Show

The thirst for new product development continues, as Prefix Systems look set to launch a number

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Brand New Products And Old Favourites From Business Micros

Business Micros’ stand at the FIT Show will feature all of its most popular software packages

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The Window Company (Contracts) Invites Key Commercial Clients To Show

The Window Company (Contracts) liked the previous FIT Shows so much that, this time around,

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Don’t Compromise On Your Glazed Roof

‘Don’t compromise’ will be the message radiating from Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions’ stand (N20) at this

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Master Fitter Challenge The Most Exciting Yet As FIT Moves To The NEC – There’s Still Time To Enter, Say Organisers.

The Master Fitter Challenge has been a key feature at every FIT Show so far

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Promac Group To ‘Unlock’ High Margin Opportunities At FIT

Promac Group will showcase new low-cost high margin, innovations in PVC-U welding technologies, .

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Customade To Help Installers To Fly At FIT Show

Customade is promising excitement and nostalgia on its stand at the FIT Show (N20). Although the theme of

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Bowater By Birtley Get FIT

The newly launched Bowater by Birtley range from Birtley Group will be on display for all to see at this

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Meet ODL’s Winning Team Ahead Of FIT Show 2017

With recent investment in state of the art manufacturing machinery, expansion of the facilities and product

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Synseal Gets Ready For FIT Show With Two Stands

Synseal Group is taking a new approach to the FIT Show this year with two product-focused stands

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Tough Mudder Or Completely Bonkers?

Pitched as ‘no ordinary mud run’, Tough Mudder South West takes place on the weekend of 19th-20th August at Badminton Estate

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