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9th September 2020
 


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Sternfenster Targets Fully Integrated Digital Quotation Package

 

Sternfenster is developing a new, fully integrated online quotation package that is designed to offer its installer customers a complete, digital lead to delivery solution.

The new Proposal Builder system will allow installers to respond to online homeowner enquiries with a bespoke, digital quotation pack.

This can be personalised with individual company branding, and will include video, imagery, product information, accreditation certificates and customer testimonials.

 
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’Future Homes Sustainable Cities’

 

Around a third of all our energy use in the UK is used in our homes. With the majority of this energy used in heating, this equates to about forty MTOE (million tonnes of oil equivalent) used every year. The UK Government have some ambitious plans to cut energy usage by 2050 in many sectors. Glasgow will be hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), from 31 October to 12 November 2021 and the UK is striving to take a global lead to drastically cut carbon emissions.

The last change to our legislative window U-values for new homes was implemented in Approved Document, Part L in 2013. Little has changed since then, but, that is all set to change following the Government’s recent Future Homes Standard Consultation. The updated Part L will likely be finalised and released at the end of 2021 to be introduced into legislation early in 2022.

 
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Deceuninck Fabricator, Fastframe, Completes £2M First Phase Of Grand Union Development

 

Deceuninck fabricator, Fastframe, has supplied a total of 1,385 windows and doors for Affinity House, the first of six phases scheduled for the Grand Union development in Alperton, Northwest London.

Working with Deceuninck approved installer, APW Glazing, supply and installation was completed over an 18-month period at a total cost in excess of £2million.

Designed by architect, Building Design Partnership, for main developer, St George – a member of the Berkeley Group – Affinity House is located within 11-acres of landscaped gardens, meadows and waterside pathways and overlooks the historic, 137-mile Grand Union Canal.

 
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Kolorseal And Hurst Doors – Working Together For A Brighter Future

 

Hurst Doors, (Hurst Plastics Ltd), has a long established working partnership with Kolorseal Ltd.  For over 13 years the company has been supplying colour coated products to the manufacturer of pvc-u door panels, composite doors and fire doors.

Kolorseal, provides a vast range of premium colour coatings for uPVC, metal, aluminium and composite products, which are recognised throughout the sector for the highest quality standards.

Being able to assist Hurst and its customers achieve the desired colour for any sized composite door project, is a priority for the Kolorseal team.  This helps to ensure each project is finished with the best possible colour solution that will last.

 
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Berkshire Installer Transforms Homes With Freefoam

 

Freefoam Building Products recently visited and filmed Freefoam Registered Installer Glen Young in Reading, Berkshire, to see how he regularly transforms homes using Freefoam PVC products.

The visit took in three properties, all of which had PVC Fortex or X-Wood cladding installed. The first two properties had previously featured hanging tiles above the ground floor elevation. Both homeowners were undertaking refurbishment inside and out and wanted a more modern feel.  Glen fitted Fortex Weatherboard style cladding, in Storm Grey and Misty Grey, to tone in with the existing brickwork and complement the white windows and black doors.   The third property had been built originally with a white wood cladding to the front and the homeowner wanted a maintenance free option. He chose X-Wood cladding in white to create a smart, neat finish.

 
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Optima By Epwin Window Systems Continues To Bring Modern Styling To Tingdene Homes

 

Longstanding Optima fabricator, Tingdene Homes has confirmed a strong upturn in demand for its high-quality residential park homes and luxury holiday lodges. As one of the UK’s leading specialist park home manufacturers the attention to detail in every property is crucial and Optima from Epwin Window Systems helps the business fulfil its strong commitment to quality and innovation.

Tingdene’s Commercial Director, Jamie Wilkins comments: “Optima is a high-quality window and door system which can be custom manufactured and fitted in all our British-built homes and lodges. Our homes are destined for parks throughout the UK so the high quality and functionality of all our windows and doors is crucial to ensure years of trouble-free operation for our customers.”

 
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South Cheshire Glass Uses Spectus Flush Casement Windows For Cottage Renovation

 

Spectus windows and doors have been manufactured and installed at a detached cottage in Shavington, Cheshire. The property was fitted with sixteen Spectus flush casement windows, two circular casement windows and two sets of Elite 70 French doors, all manufactured in Chartwell Green with astragal bar detailing.  The products were manufactured by longstanding Spectus fabricator Universal Trade Frames and fitted by experienced domestic installer South Cheshire Glass.

The property is situated in a desirable location and the flush casement windows were chosen to replace the property’s ageing timber frames.   The choice of windows needed to sympathetically reflect the style and character of the property and deliver the British timber cottage aesthetics that the homeowner desired.

 
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Maybe It’s Because I’m A Yorkshireman

 

It might be because I’m from Yorkshire but, if I spend money on something, I want it to last, so I make sure I look after it. I don’t see that being any different at home or in an industrial or workplace setting, and that probably explains my mission to encourage our customers to look after their machines as well as they possibly can.

Every machinery manual – whether it comes from Emmegi or any other manufacturer – will include comprehensive routine maintenance guides. Most of these are basic procedures around cleaning and lubrication and come with simple instructions. If they are carried out in line with the schedules we set, they can make a significant difference to the performance and longevity of the machine – eliminating avoidable service calls and adding years to the useful life.

 
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Celebrating A Decade With Dekko

 

Ten years ago, trade fabricator Dekko Window Systems had ambitions to scale up the business and took the decision to subscribe to Salestracker to find and win new customers. The company has grown from £3m to £21m in that past decade – launching new product lines and moving to a significantly bigger factory in the process – and according to Sales Director Kurt Greatrex, Salestracker has been an integral part of the journey

“Dekko has seen significant growth over the past ten years and Salestracker has very much been our ‘secret weapon,” Kurt comments. “The data quality is excellent – it enables the sales team to quickly identify new prospects and gain a huge amount of market intelligence before entering into a conversation. We can see what products and brands the installer prefers, what volumes they buy in and even get a financial snapshot – it’s really priceless information.”

 
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Completely Relaxed All The Way To The Rocky Mountains

 

SWISSPACER Air ensures transport safety and pressure-equalised insulating glass for the “Humboldt Project” in Denver

The “Humboldt Project” was recently completed in the Whittier neighbourhood of Denver, USA. The modern residential complex of three single-family homes mainly inspires with its cubic architecture and large windows. Not least because of the enormous differences in height along the transport route from the production site in Poland to the installation location, the triple glazing units were fitted with the innovative SWISSPACER Air – an intelligent solution for pressure-equalised insulating glass.

Designed by the local architecture office Studio Limited (Denver), the three residential buildings of the “Humboldt Project”, harmoniously integrated into the existing development, combine trendsetting building design with consistent sustainability. The two-storey buildings are noted for their clear, purist design, a high proportion of transparent surfaces, lots of daylight and openness in the room design, as well as the use of high-quality materials.

 
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Trade News
 

GGF Forms New Aluminium Group

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has announced the formation of the new GGF Aluminium Group for companies operating in the aluminium sector.

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The Business Pilot Barometer

The Business Pilot Barometer offers a monthly analysis of the key trends defining window and door retail. It draws on real industry data collated by Business Pilot, the cloud-based business management tool.

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Frame Fast Launch Elite ‘Five Star’ Range Of Glazing

Frame Fast has launched Elite, hailed by the company as ‘the five star range of windows, doors, conservatory roofs and glass, for installers looking to impress customers’.

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Trade News

Open Letter: Have Homeowners Fixed Everything Yet?

I’m going to start by saying that things still look pretty good. Our customers are busy (probably if we’re honest, still a little too busy), and the housing market remains strong, with house price growth, according to the Nationwide, up 2.1% and 11% annually.

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£150,000 Investment Gets Pennine’s New Sales Academy On Its Way

One of the North East’s leading home improvement specialists has invested more than £150,000 into a new training academy for its staff.

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Software Investment At AT Precision

Delivering excellent customer service relies on careful pre-planning and organisation behind the scenes, which is why aluminium bi-fold hardware supplier AT Precision has invested in a new open source ERP software to help streamline its services.

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Online Magazine

People

Bostik Is New BMBI Expert For Adhesives & Sealants

Bostik, a leading global adhesive specialist in construction, consumer and industrial markets, joined the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) Expert Panel in August. Marketing Director Mathew Whitehouse speaks for the adhesives & sealant market.

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Kall Kwik Add Experienced Technical Director To Team

Danny Jones has joined Kall Kwik as their new Technical Director. Combining his wealth of experience alongside Chris Bailey, the company believe they have a level of industry expertise that ‘can’t be matched’ in the UK.

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Yale Door And Window Solutions Appoints Digital Marketing Executive

Jermaine recently joined the team at the Willenhall office and brings a wealth of knowledge and skills, including several years of digital marketing experience.

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Training & Development

Nationwide Windows Launch Ground-Breaking Trainee Installer Scheme

Nationwide Windows has launched a ground-breaking independent pilot programme to tackle the desperate need for skilled operatives in the glazing industry.

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Videos

AluK Fenestration Solutions Transform The Quadrangle In Cheltenham

The Quadrangle building in the historic heart of Cheltenham, once a 1970s landmark, has been completely transformed into a contemporary mixed-use commercial development featuring exclusively AluK window, door and curtain walling systems.

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Aluminium

HWL Introduces Sheerline Prestige Aluminium Range

HWL Trade Frames has introduced the new Sheerline Prestige aluminium range from Garnalex, bolstering its existing portfolio of premium, PVC-U heritage and flush products.

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Events

Controversial Agenda Announced For The Glazing Summit

Some of the most controversial industry issues are set to be tackled at this year’s Glazing Summit, after organisers announced the topics that will be under the spotlight by its panel of expert speakers.

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Rapierstar Hosts Warm-Up For GM Fundraising’s GMF Cup Golf Challengers

Window and door fastener specialist Rapierstar has helped golfers who are set to compete in GM Fundraising’s upcoming GMF Cup to prepare for the challenge by hosting a practice day at the prestigious Astbury Golf Club in South Cheshire.

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FIT Show

Extrudaseal Supports Decision To Postpone FIT Show

Gaskets and seals manufacturer Extrudaseal says it fully supports the rescheduling of FIT Show to May 2022.

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Awards

Yale Rises To The Challenge At International Awards

Yale has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award: Brand & Communication Design 2021.

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