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17th August 2020

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Rehau Demonstrates 97,000 CO2 Emissions Savings In 2020 With New Sustainability Report


Rehau has published its Sustainability Report 2020 in August 2021, focusing on the expansion of the company’s circular economy of resources and its progress toward ensuring completely closed supply loops derived from a single source.

The organisation has continued to advance its sustainable recycling management techniques for the window industry, saving 97,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere through the use of recyclates. This figure has been achieved thanks to polymer processing facilities such as PVCR – the largest such facility in north-west England – which turns discarded PVC content into high-quality granulate for use in new window profiles.


Certass Joins Forces With Which? Trusted Trader


Certification body Certass has teamed up with Which? Trusted Traders to bring extra benefits to Certass members and spread the message about the negative impact of door-to-door sales in our industry.

Danelle Kaukau, Head of Member Services at Certass, explains: “Door-to-door sales are an outdated and poor industry practice that perpetuates the negative perception of our industry with consumers.

“Just as Certass champions local installers and tradespeople, Which? is the consumer champion brand that is trusted by thousands of homeowners making this a perfect partnership, to help homeowners find trusted, competent tradespeople to carry out their home improvements.”



Now’s The Time For Radical Action On Home Retrofitting


Following the end of the Green Homes Grant, and the announcement of a hugely ambitious new carbon reduction target for 2035, Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson argues that now is the time for a retrofit revolution.

At the end of March, the government announced the cancellation of its Green Homes Grant scheme.

Few will mourn its passing. After an initial burst of excitement when it was first unveiled, opinion in our sector quickly cooled on the initiative, which was seen as overly complex, difficult to access, and having treated glass and glazing as an afterthought.


CICV Forum Welcomes Scotland Loves Local Gift Card Scheme


The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has thrown its weight behind the new Scotland Loves Local gift card campaign – and has urged businesses and the public to sign up and help support tradespeople in their area.

Designed to revitalise grassroots communities hit by COVID-19, the scheme will see the creation of gift cards for each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas, each of which can only be spent in that specific region.


A Full House With The greenteQ Suite


Hardware specialist VBH reports that more customers than ever are making the move to its greenteQ Suite of matching window and door furniture.

greenteQ is VBH’s own brand of hardware and furniture and the Suite is an integral part of the range.

The greenteQ Suite includes over 30 different products such as handles, hinges and furniture in 9 core colours, with some products, such as door hinges, being available in many more.


Widgets And Residence To Sponsor G-Awards Trophies


Window Widgets, alongside its pioneering Residence Collection brand will be the joint trophy sponsors for this year’s G-Awards, which will be held on Friday 26th November 2021, at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Now in its 21st year, Window Widgets is not only looking to celebrate this business milestone with their charity supporting ‘Pink Book’ joke campaign, but after a challenging 18 months is keen to support the return of the longstanding industry awards after a hiatus in 2020.


More Grass Roots Sports Sponsorship From Business Micros


As professional and grass roots sports return to something like normal, Business Micros is putting more money into sponsorship of its local clubs. It already sponsors local U9s football teams at both its Penpont head office and its Newton Le Willows sales and installation office, and it has just been announced as the main shirt sponsor for Eagle rugby union club, based in nearby Warrington as well.

Business Micros’ relationship with Eagle RUFC goes back many years, from when Business Development Manager Nick Bailey first played for the club’s Colts team in his teens. Since then, Business Micros has been a regular kit sponsor and, in the 2019/20 season, also sponsored the post protectors.


The Only Way Is TuffX


Specialist safety glass manufacturers TuffX recently supplied 15m2 of toughened glass panels for a balustrade surrounding a large, raised terrace, to complete a high-end finish for a residential property in Essex.

The home, which includes a sizeable conservatory, required an attractive balustrade to keep occupants on the raised terrace safe, without reducing the light that could reach through to the interior of the property.

TuffX supplied fourteen panels of 12mm monolithic toughened safety glass in total, each with dubbed corners. Enhanced for strength and topped with a handrail for comfort, the finished glass balustrade provides the perfect safe solution for the extensive terrace,


Table For Jack!


Jack Aluminium’s versatile JD47 commercial door and shopfront system has been specified for the entrance of the Mowgli Street Food restaurant in Cheshire Oaks.

After starting in Liverpool in 2014, the chain restaurant has since expanded across the country and opened its latest branch in the Cheshire Oaks designer outlet at the end of June. Merseyside-based fabricator and installer Aluserv fitted the shopfront system, including all of the doors and windows.

The restaurant has bi-folding doors and folding windows running down the side of the building. A glazed atrium area featuring two sets of commercial doors, fabricated from Jack Aluminium’s JD47 system, creates the ideal welcome for diners.


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Trade News

Granada Secondary Glazing Unveils New High-Spec Product Range

Granada Secondary Glazing has launched its ground-breaking new product range, which the company claims is set to be the most high-specification secondary glazing solution on the UK market.


Edgetech Customers Report 100% OTIF

Customers of warm-edge manufacturers Edgetech have reported receiving 100% of their orders on time and in full in a recent survey.
Edgetech has carried out quarterly surveys for a number of years now, closely monitoring levels of customer satisfaction to ensure they continue to offer the highest standard of service.


Fentrade Highlights The Demand For Retail Aluminium

Aluminium trade fabricator Fentrade has reported a continued growth in demand for its retail aluminium products. Chris Reeks, Director of Fentrade Aluminium, said: “Commercial aluminium products continue to be strong sellers. But where we’ve noticed the difference in demand is from our installers who work in the domestic market. I see it as part of the homeowner trend to higher value products.”


GlasHaus Design Launches In Response To The Rise In Demand For Luxury Garden Rooms

Architectural glazing specialists, AGS Ltd, have launched GlasHaus Design, a luxury glass garden room company, following a huge rise in demand for outdoor living spaces.



New Non-Exec Chairman Joins Brisant Secure To Support Future Growth

In the first half of 2021 the industry has seen hardware house Brisant Secure assemble three key elements of its future growth engine.
The first was achieved when Brisant secured a milestone investment from the British Growth Fund, and Seb Saywood, a BGF Investor, joined the Brisant board as a non-executive director.



‘Architectural Powder Coatings – The Facts About Fire’

There has been a great deal of discussion that has taken place of late over the combustibility of the external envelope of some of our high-rise dwellings where aluminium composite panels (ACM) containing flammable cores have been used.



Mila Launches New ‘Doors Deserve Mila’ Campaign

Coinciding with the announcement that it has added the Ingenious range of locks and hardware to the Yale range that it already sells, Mila has launched an exciting new ‘Doors Deserve Mila’ campaign. Rolled out online and in person via the Mila sales teams,



Adminbase Empowers Installers To Conquer Challenges

With a plethora of supply chain issues set to far outlast the worst of the pandemic, installers are bearing the brunt of the consequences. A robust installer management system has never been more critical, which is just one of the reasons why the fully integrated solution from AdminBase is proving popular with installers, claims the company,


On Site

Super Spacer® T-Spacer™ Helps Oslo’s Økern Portal Aim For BREEAM Certification

Scandinavian nations have long been ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability – and Norway is often cited as the greenest country in the world.
In 2016, the Norwegian Parliament made a radical commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 – most of the world’s developed countries are aiming for 2050


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