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10th January 2023

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Regulation Compliant Windows Should Be A Key Consideration For Energy Bill Reduction


Following the recent introduction of the Government’s Eco+ Scheme to reduce household energy bills through additional insulation, a prominent polymer manufacturer is asking that windows be considered an equally important factor.

According to recent stats from energy.gov, heat gain and loss through windows can be responsible for 25-30% of residential energy use. It is with this in mind that polymer provider Rehau is advocating that regulation-compliant, energy-efficient windows should be a consideration within the ECO+ Scheme as a method for reducing energy lost from a property.


A Lot Of Reasons To Be Positive


An open letter by Mike Parczuk, Managing Director, Sternfenster.

Towards the end of last year, there was some worrying news emerging from the wider construction industry about an increase in the number of insolvencies.

According to Sky News, the Insolvency Service recorded 10,717 company insolvencies in the first half of 2022, of which the construction sector accounted for a fifth.

Closer to home, we started to see well-known companies go to the wall as those pressures we’ve all been coping with caught up with them.



Listers’ New Online Tool To Drive Sales


Listers has launched an Energy Calculator – www.listerwindows.co.uk/energy-calculator – which illustrates the potential energy-saving benefits to homeowners of upgrading their windows to modern, efficient alternatives from the national fabricator.

Hosted on Listers’ own website, or available to retail companies to host on their own websites as a simple plug-in, the Energy Calculator has a user-friendly interface that encourages homeowners to compare a modern window installation with their current set up. The result is a potential cost saving alongside a likely reduction in carbon emissions.


Smart Cuts Lead Times On Popular Colour Ranges To 5 Days


Smart Architectural Aluminium has announced a cut to the lead times of its three most popular colour ranges. Covering more than fifty of the company’s most requested paint finishes, lead times on the Smart Naturals, Sensations and Cotswold colour ranges have all now been reduced from ten days to just five, with immediate effect.

Commenting on the announcement, Smart’s managing director, Eddie Robinson said: “We are constantly looking for new ways to enhance our service levels and halving our lead times should provide a real benefit for our customers, enabling them to be even more responsive to the needs of their customers in a very competitive market.


HWL Reveals Tip For Efficient Manufacture


Leeds-based trade fabricator HWL Windows has revealed that processing all of its product designs – regardless of system and profile material – with Window Designer from First Degree Systems is key to efficiency within the business.

“Using a single piece of design processing software across multiple systems and profile types is an important part of running our business efficiently,” HWL director Graham Howatson said.

“When we first started manufacturing aluminium products, we ran other forms of software to process those designs, because some of the systems companies had their own software,


Trade And Online Sales Build A Successful Business


Freefoam has launched a new video with long standing customer Building Plastics Wales Ltd. The short film showcases the business and its customers and illustrates how Freefoam work with its trade suppliers to build long standing relationships leading to growth and success.

Colin St John, commercial director explains: “We support all our customers and believe that their growth is our growth. Building strong and lasting relationships with our customers, such as Building Plastics Wales, is crucial to our business. Our roofline, cladding and interior products are an ideal addition to any PVC supplier and it’s fantastic to see this customer grow and flourish with the help of Freefoam.”


Distinction Doors Launches New Website


Distinction Doors has announced its new website at distinctiondoors.co.uk. The company describes it as one of the final building blocks in establishing Distinction Doors as a premium brand, the new site responds to customer feedback and changes in consumer online habits, post-pandemic.

distinctiondoors.co.uk has a streamlined and simplified message, with a consistent tone of voice.  The homepage is dynamic and communicates key attributes.  The door journey has also been outlined in three easy steps – find your door style, choose your door colour, and pick your glass design.


GGF Flying The Flag For Fenestration


The Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF) will be flying the flag for the fenestration industry in front of thousands of students at the National Apprenticeship & Education Event, which will take place at Millennium Point, Birmingham in March 2023.

The GGF will be partnering with Building Our Skills – the industry organisation that’s committed to attracting new entrants to the sector and upskilling the existing workforce – for the event, which is designed to showcase a broad spectrum of career opportunities to young people.


Cube Commercial Chooses Emmegi Machining Package


Until it invested in an Emmegi Phantomatic T3A CNC machining centre, Cannock-based Cube Commercial had been carrying out all its aluminium profile preparations using punch tooling and a copy router. The fabrication team were skilled and experienced so the quality was good, but Paul Grenfell, Cube’s director knew it could be even better.

He said: “Our mission as a new full-service business providing design, consultancy, fabrication and installation services is to delight customers on every step of their journey with us. That has to start with the quality of the windows, doors, shopfronts and facades we fabricate, so choosing top quality machines was always our plan.


Putting An End To Door Callbacks


Listers now supplies Gallery Gripcore doors, which it says ‘are designed to be stronger and heavier than other composite doors on the market, and won’t warp or crack, resulting in fewer callbacks for installers.’

“The main irritation with any door installation are the callbacks to site,” Listers MD Roy Frost said. “You want to fit and forget, which is what you can do with Gallery Gripcore doors because of the advanced technology in their construction.”


TuffX: Fair And Square


Sleek, contemporary design, bold geometric architecture and a mixture of modern and traditional build materials are the key components of a stunning residential property in Exeter which was recently completed with specialist glass from TuffX.

TuffX supplied a total of 10m2 21.5mm toughened and laminated glass for the prominent first-floor balustrade, made up of six rectangular units each 1205mm in height.

With the balcony being at the front of the property, privacy was an essential consideration, so a satin privacy finish option was chosen for the glass panels which were delivered to site for installation. 


Compliance The Key For CDW Systems


With the complexity of the new Part L and F regulations and the short timescale manufacturers had to meet it, it was a challenging 2022 for the industry.

One company not complaining about compliance is specialist aluminium fabricator CDW Systems.

The company is ISO audited on a regular basis and earlier this year again achieved the coveted ISO 9001 certification, demonstrating its commitment to quality products and services for customers.


Trade News

The Business Pilot Barometer

By Neil Cooper-Smith, Senior Analyst, Business Pilot

December was what December normally is – a slow month for window and door sales. Leads were down 40% on November and sales were down 43%. The flip side of that is that at £6,142, average order value was up 15%.


‘2025 Document L – A Step Too Far?’

By Phil Slinger - CAB Chief Executive

To support members through the changes that took place to Approved Document L (AD L) of the Building Regulations in 2022, CAB produced a Guidance Note which details the changes in thermal insulation across the devolved Parliaments of the UK,


Four Members Of The Hurst Doors Family Celebrate Twenty Years’ Service

Four valued members of the Hurst Doors team are celebrating twenty years of service.

In 2022, production team members Neil Briggs, Philip Russell and Mark Dixon, alongside regional business manager Tom Brown,


Total Hardware Celebrates Partnership With Yale

Independent hardware supplier Total Hardware is celebrating its longstanding partnership with Yale. Total Hardware has been stocking Yale products for over two decades and is now one of Yale’s largest hardware distributors.


Product News

More Products Added To Mila’s Stainless Steel Door Hardware Range

Mila’s Supa stainless steel door hardware range is expanding again, with the launch of a new Supa Safety handle, which meets the accessibility requirements of Building Regs Approved Doc M and the Lifetime Homes Initiative, claims the company.


SupaLite Launches S1 Roof Lantern System

A lantern system claimed to deter would-be intruders has been launched by tiled roof specialists SupaLite.

The S1 Lantern System is the latest product in the SupaLite range and can be fitted to both flat and pitched roofs.


Patio Performance From Warmcore

Given the new building regulations and a drive for better energy efficiency in patio doors, Kömmerling says the Warmcore solution offers double and triple glazing options within a system that also boasts a number of premium performance features.



Taking The Hassle Out Of Aluminium

By Russell Yates, Managing Director, AluFold Direct

If the only thing stopping PVC-U installers from adding aluminium to their product portfolio and giving themselves a fighting chance against the current market downturn is the fact that it feels too disruptive to their existing business,



Promoted To The Board At AluK

Chris Dawkins’ long term success at AluK means he has now been promoted to the role of operations director. It is the culmination of a highly successful 17-year career at the aluminium systems company, during which time he has worked in operations, production, supply chain and customer service.


Kevin Harvey Joins Brisant Secure As MD

Kevin Harvey has regrouped with his ex-colleagues Nick Dutton and Steve Stewart at Brisant Secure as managing director. Whilst Kevin’s 30 years in the industry have covered hardware, PVC profile and conservatories, the last 5 years have been in the composite door sector at Future Products.


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