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Government Agrees To Changes In Doc L Door Calculations

 

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), has agreed to changes proposed by the Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF) to Approved Document L of the new Building Regulations that come into force on 15th June.

Following representations by a number of members, the GGF’s Technical Team, in consultation with members of the Systems House and Aluminium Groups, highlighted an issue to DLUHC regarding the way that U Value calculations were to be made for ‘non-standard’ doors, especially bi-folding and sliding glass doors. Under the new Approved Document L, the GGF highlighted that it would be impossible for some larger multi-pane doors to comply with the uplifted regulations, due to conflicts in the proposals to calculate U values.

 
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Epwin Window Systems Publishes Guide To The Changes To Part F

 

Epwin Window Systems has published a guide to the changes to Part F of Building Regulations, which come into effect on 15 June 2022. Gerald Allen, head of marketing at Epwin Window Systems, commented: “15 June will mark the biggest update to Building Regulations in England for a number of years. Rest assured, we’re here to help our customers get to grips with the new regulations so they can be confident in their compliance.”

Part F of Building Regulations sets the standards for the ventilation of new and existing buildings. It has been updated to ensure that sufficient levels of ventilation are still provided in light of changes to Part L, which covers conservation of fuel and power.

 
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Gowercroft Opens The Door To New Partnership Opportunities At The FIT Show

 

Timber window and door manufacturer Gowercroft Joinery is showcasing its dealer partnership package at this year’s FIT Show.

The company, which has been producing premium wood products for over 20 years, will be reaching out to new start-ups as well as established manufacturers and installation companies that are ready for the next stage of their growth.

Partners will have the opportunity to upscale or outsource their production and expand their product range through Gowercroft’s three core brands: the Classic range which targets general residential and renovation projects; the award-winning Heritage range,

 
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Add Value To The Sale, Says Carl F Groupco

 

With nearly 60% of homes now having some sort of smart home device, there has never been a better time for fabricators and installers to embrace the added value benefits of smart technology. This is the view of John Crittenden, managing director of independently-owned hardware distributor Carl F Groupco who says: “Research shows that people value smart technology such as smart speakers, video doorbells and remotely-operated heating systems because they make life easier. That’s exactly what smart door technology offers, and here at Carl F Groupco, we have the products to help installers tap into consumer interest and add value to their sale.”

The company says the comprehensive SmartSecure range of electronic door locking systems offers a suite of modular technology solutions that are perfect for both new and retro-fit projects in all sectors.

 
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Fensa Registration At The Click Of A Button

 

Business Pilot and Fensa have announced a new partnership, which will allow window companies to register their installations with the government-authorised scheme with a click of a button, reducing the possibility of errors, and saving time and money.

From this month [May 2022] Fensa-approved window installers who are also signed up to the Business Pilot CRM tool will be able to complete the Fensa registration of an installation without dedicating extra time, manpower, or extra resources to the procedure. They simply click a button as part of the completion process and all the information is sent across.

“If a window installation company is already using Business Pilot to manage their projects and resources, then all the information needed to complete the Fensa registration process has already been recorded by the system,” Elton Boocock,

 
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Opening The Door To The Complete Aluminium Look

 

Sheerline has released the latest addition to the company’s aluminium window and door range: the Prestige Composite Door Frame. Designed to allow installers and fabricators to offer ‘whole-house’ aluminium solutions, where all frames are perfectly matched across a project. With consistent styling, colours, performance and guarantees across the house, right down to the frames around the composite doors.

A choice of two aluminium outer frames that fit both 44 and 48/49mm door blanks are all ready to help doorsets meet the new requirements of Part L coming into force on June 15th this year, with Sheerline’s unique Thermlock thermal breaks delivering ‘outstanding’ thermal efficiency.

 
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Smart Partnership As Sheerline Works With Kubu

 

Sheerline and Kubu Smart have been working together to bring Smart Security sensor technology to aluminium products for the first time in the fenestration industry.  As a systems company built on innovation, Sheerline understands the benefits of embracing new technologies, and this new partnership promises to be a game changer for the aluminium window market.

Roger Hartshorn, CEO of Garnalex, the company behind Sheerline commented: “In the emerging smart hardware market, Kubu stood out to us for the clever but practical way they’ve implemented the move towards Smarter Homes. It offers the added peace-of-mind that consumers are looking for when they choose Sheerline aluminium windows and doors.

 
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Sekura Commercial Ltd Signs A New Three-Year Exclusive Supply Agreement With Epwin Window Systems

 

Specialist social housing and new build fabricator Sekura Commercial Ltd has signed an exclusive new three-year supply agreement with Epwin Window Systems.

Sekura Commercial has been partnering with the systems house since 2004 and fabricates the popular Optima PVC-U window and door system. The newly signed agreement extends the longstanding partnership. Charles Hill, managing director of Sekura Commercial, said: “The quality of the Optima system is exceptional and there is no doubt that the strength of our relationship with Epwin Window Systems adds value to our business at every level.”

Katrina Earl, head of sales of Epwin Window Systems, said: “We are delighted to have agreed this exclusive supply agreement extension.

 
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Window Ware Signs Up To Support Glazing Summit Again

 

Window Ware Managing Director Sam Nuckey believes the Glazing Summit has undoubtedly become a key event in the industry’s calendar and an invaluable source of first-hand information and knowledge for all involved.  That’s why the company is sponsoring the event for a fourth time running.

The hardware distributor has championed the one-day conference since its inception in 2018 and is back on board for this year’s eagerly anticipated event, which takes place on Tuesday, October 18, at Edgbaston Stadium and Conference Centre.

 
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A Familiar Name And A New Look Amongst The G-22 Sponsors

 

The Business Micros Group has confirmed that it will once again be joining the line-up of main sponsors at this year’s G-Awards. For Managing Director Graeme Bailey, it is the ideal way to show the industry the scale of the group and its ongoing commitment to the industry: “Whether it’s online ordering solutions, production software, web design, or lead generation, we’re already the software provider of choice for much of the industry. 2022 will see the roll out of our next generation Touch software platform, which looks set to take us up another level again, and we’re continuing to invest in innovation and new technologies to support the whole industry.

“Being at the G-Awards gives us the chance to remind people of that and of course celebrate and reward the achievements of all those other businesses and individuals from across the industry who are doing such great things.”

 
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New Team Members

 

The Residence Collection and its sister company Window Widgets has added two new members to its growing team.

Founded in 2000 with the creation of the Window Widgets brand, followed by The Residence Collection in 2011, the company duo has grown exponentially and now has over 70 staff members across 10 departments.

Lee Reynolds has joined The Residence Collection as an installer development executive, where he will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with installers to assist with securing work on behalf of The Residence Collection.

 
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Machinery Investment At Mackenzie Glass

 

HMackenzie Glass has installed a new cutting line at its base in Bristol, which will enhance the glass merchanting business’s storage options, improve cutting times, and future-proof the business for the next decade.

The complex installation required multiple engineers collaborating over a two-week project over Easter, but such an investment is vital as demand for specialist glass products continues to grow, according to Joint Managing Director Matt Prowse.

“The new six-figure investment in the Bottero cutting line, which processes float glass from 3mm through to 19mm, assists us with reducing lead times on our vast and ever-growing stock offering to our customer base with improved accuracy and improved reliability,” Matt said.

 
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Industry Veterans Prepare For Mammoth ‘Loneliest Road’ Charity Cycle

 

Former Glazerite UK Group chairman John Hewitt has announced his latest ‘Kelly’s Heroes’ fundraising challenge for mental health charity, We Mind & Kelly Matters (WMKM).

Sponsored by the Veka Group, the epic 52,000-mile cycling challenge will see John joined by his daughter Amy to raise awareness and funds for WMKM, the charity founded in memory of John’s late daughter and Amy’s sister, Kelly. Joining them is an intrepid team of cyclists, including Sarah Ball from Balls 2 Marketing, DoorCo’s Dan Sullivan, and Peter Mew from Mews Windows.

Setting off from Burgos, Spain on 10th September 2022, which coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day, three teams of four cyclists will undertake consecutive relays over 10 days.

 
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Trade News
 

Part F Prosecutions Inevitable, Says Business Pilot

Business Pilot has warned Part F prosecutions in window replacements are inevitable, making the ability to evidence compliance more important than ever.
The major update to Part F announced at the end of last year, sets out the requirement for ventilation in buildings, including new and existing homes,

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Exlabesa Helps Customers Adapt To Shifting Regulations

One of Britain’s Aluminium Systems companies is investing to ensure its customers continue to thrive despite tightening environmental standards.
On June the 15th, the new changes to Part L of the Building Regulations comes into force. It’s the latest in a series of government measures designed to improve thermal efficiency throughout Britain’s built environment.

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Training & Development

Modplan Increases Fleet To Support Business Growth

Trade fabricator Modplan has added seven new trucks to its transport fleet to support its continued business growth. The brand-new Mercedes 7.5 tonne trucks, form part of a 15-strong fleet of vehicles to support customer schedules across the UK.

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Insight Data Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

Following an intensive auditing process by BM Trada, Insight Data has achieved the coveted ISO 9001 certification.

ISO 9001 is recognised internationally and it demonstrates a company’s ability to deliver high quality services to customers on a consistent basis.

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Nationwide’s Switch To Rapierstar Fasteners Keeps Production And Quality On Track

Specialist fastener supplier Rapierstar has stepped in to keep production on track and help maintain quality consistency at Nationwide Windows and Doors after its supplier of over 20 years made the sudden announcement that it was withdrawing from the UK market.

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Job Vacancies

New Business Development Manager

Due to an internal promotion and continued growth, we have the immediate need for 2 new members of our sales team.  Ideally suited for someone looking to step up from Trade Counter Sales, or office-based sales to a full autonomous field sales position.

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Product News

Folding Openers In High Demand

Window Ware has reported its biggest ever monthly sales of Caldwell folding openers in October 2021: up 374% on October 2019. And it’s looking good for the year ahead too, says the hardware supplier, with January and February 2022 proving to be equally busy.

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People

BM Aluminium Expands Support Team

There are two new faces in BM Aluminium’s support team, as the company invests in more in-house resource to keep pace with the continuing demand for its LogiKal processing software.
John Chambers is a new 2nd line support technician advising primarily on the CNC aspects of LogiKal and helping customers with new and existing machine links.

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Aluminium

Window Warehouse Ready To Help Customers Get Into Ali

With signs that consumer confidence is starting to waver in the wake of the war in the Ukraine, the ending of the energy price cap and the rise in inflation, pressure is understandably growing on fabricators to help their installer customers target and exploit new sales opportunities.

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Aluminium An Affordable Alternative To Steel Screens From Tradelink

With flexible working now established as the norm across many professions, Tradelink Window Solutions, is seeing a boom in demand for its glazed aluminium screens which are ideally suited to replicating the classic look of steel screens; at a fraction of the cost, says the company.

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Machinery

Twice The Output Means Half The Waiting Time

Hugely impressed with their first purchase four years ago, Seaham based North East Bifolds has invested in a second AMC308 Machining Centre from machinery manufacturer Kombimatec. Delivered in April, the new addition has been housed within a recently completed 600msq, on-site warehouse.

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FIT Show

Kömmerling’s Coming To Celebrate At FIT

Kömmerling have a large stand at this year’s FIT Show located at D21 with a wide range of premium window and door solutions under the main brand and also under that of Legend and WarmCore. It will also be an event to remember as the brand celebrates the 125-year anniversary of the original business with a champagne reception central to their festivities.

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Augmented Reality Creations Co-Founder Makes 30 Under 30 Campaign Finals

Andy Clear, co-founder and COO of tech start-up Augmented Reality Creations (ARC) has been named a finalist in the FIT Show’s 30 under 30 campaign, in recognition of a new innovative software.

The 30 under 30 campaign is designed to shine a spotlight on the rising stars of the industry,

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On-Site

Senior Helps Build The Arc

Architectural Systems is continuing to make a name for itself in the leisure sector after completing work on the new Arc Cinema in Daventry.

The new cinema’s welcoming frontage has been created using a combination of Senior’s thermally-efficient slimline SF52 aluminium curtain wall system,

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Awards

Kolorseal Upgrades To NFA Ambassador Sponsorship

Kolorseal Ltd has once again committed to sponsoring the NFAs, but have upgraded to an Ambassador Sponsorship.

For Deborah Hendry, managing director at Kolorseal, the NFAs have been gaining massive popularity over the last few years and bring a healthy competitive edge to business.

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