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22nd November 2018
 
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Distinction Doors Resumes Sale Of GRP Fire Doors
 

Distinction Doors has confirmed that sales of both its GRP fire door blanks and prepped fire doors have now resumed, following the self-imposed industry-wide ban which resulted from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry investigations and subsequent bi-lateral fire door testing initiated by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

In order to comply with new government expectations of GRP fire doors, any fire door manufacturer now looking to recommence supply must have primary test evidence illustrating that their door has passed a fire test from both sides, as well as written confirmation from the relevant test house confirming this result.

 
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Dear Gerald,

 

In our role as the industry’s consumer protection champion, DGCOS is often asked by its members about issues surrounding the Consumer Contract Regulations, and as such wanted to take the opportunity to remind the broader market about the routes to compliance. Thanks to our considerable experience of working with our members, we’re in a great position to able to advise on how businesses can best comply with the legislation and avoid both hefty fines and consumers’ use of loopholes to cancel orders.

Most of us will remember the hubbub when the Consumer Contract Regulations (CCR) came into force in June 2014. They covered all the “information requirements” an installation company needs to provide at, or before an order is placed to ensure that the contract complies with the Regulations. Significantly,

 
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Housebuilding Contracts Worth Over £2 Billion In October
 

The value of new construction contracts in October reached £5.4 billion, a 3.8 per cent decrease compared to September, as housebuilding continues to prop up the industry with £2 billion worth of contract value.

The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI highlights levels of construction contract values awarded across Great Britain. The largest project in October was the £350 million Keadby 2 Power Station (see figure 1.1), over three times the value of the second largest project on the month. With three of the top five largest projects in October based in London,

 
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REHAU Used For Luxury Houseboat Installation

 

REHAU windows and doors have been installed in a luxury houseboat in Belfast, providing a clean and bright finish to the Scandinavian inspired boat, while keeping it cosy and warm inside.

Now listed on Air B&B as one of the top featured properties in Northern Ireland, the boat – affectionately known as Nolly – was once destined for the scrapyard. She was rescued by newly retired couple Gillian and David Campbell, who bought the barge as a renovation project with the intention of transforming her into a houseboat to be moored in the marina of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. As well as being a home for the Campbell’s, it can also be rented out as two apartments.

 
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Westend Windows Sign Up With Spectus Systems

 

New fabricator, Westend Windows (Aberdeen) Ltd has recently signed with systems supplier Spectus Systems and now manufactures its popular Elite 70 window and door suite. Having previously bought in their window and door products, Westend Windows made the decision to begin fabricating earlier this year and felt Spectus was the right systems partner to take their business forward.

Managing Director of Westend Windows, Colin Stewart said: “We chose Spectus as our systems provider as we felt they have the best products, people, marketing and service on the market. Their Elite 70 system can be used across a full range of window,

 
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Supalite Plans For The Future With Seven Staff Promotions

 

SupaLite, manufacturer of tiled roof systems is proud to announce a number of changes to key staff, in-line with the company’s continued success and year-on-year growth.

The Preston-based specialists are delighted to announce that SupaLite founder and respected industry figure David Watters will take up the role of Group Chairman, leaving his position as Managing Director. The new role will allow David to dedicate more time to working on specific projects and product development, along with strengthening ties with SupaLite’s nationwide trade partner network.

 
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Sinidex Steps Up A Gear With PAS24 Accreditation
 

Caldwell’s state-of-the-art Sinidex lock is now available with PAS24-accreditation on Liniar profiles, Eurocell’s Logic, Modus and Modus Flush systems, Deceuninck’s 2500 and 2800 systems and Kommerling Gold.

Exclusively available in England through respected hardware distributor Window Ware, the cutting-edge Sinidex system can now add security credentials to its long list of features and benefits.

The product boasts a whole host of fabricator-friendly features, including intelligent floating mushroom technology that offers robust

 
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GGF Renews Partnership With GK Strategy

 

The GGF is pleased to announce that it has renewed its partnership with GK Strategy to deliver its campaigns in 2019.

In 2017, the GGF set up its Group Political Strategy Committee to refine its political planning and to re-focus on key campaigns.

GK Strategy were first appointed by the GGF in 2010 to deliver a long term campaign aimed at positioning the need for more government home improvement schemes to include energy efficient windows

 
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Our Ultion Website And Yours…
 

The new Ultion website from Brisant Secure offers a beautiful engaging experience and has been launched with a unique product presentation page for customers with Ultion On Your Site.

Ultion On Your Site can be integrated on to any website from a selection of banner links. All that is required is a single line of script and there’s even a video tutorial to show how effective it is. And with the only links on the page going back to the original site it really gives the impression of being part of customer’s site.

 
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It’s All In The Weld For Vuelta Flush Sash Windows

 

Vuelta by Visage, the new flush sash window from Shepley looks amazing and it’s all in the weld. Visage flush sash gives the appearance of a traditional timber joint on the outside. While it looks hand finished, it has the strength you’d expect from a PVCu weld.

“To create Vuelta by Visage, Jade Engineering’s MechWeld combines four milling machines, two for sash and two for frame joints – and a two headed welder. Along with tooling developed for the process, it means we can produce frames that are both beautiful and extremely strong

 
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Window Widgets Go Pink Online

 

Fresh from the publication of their product directory dubbed as the ‘big pink book’, Window Widgets have now launched their new website at www.windowwidgets.co.uk. It’s a website that’s packed with information, downloads and latest news.

Designed to be fully responsive on mobile, tablet and desktop, the site has been split into 20 carefully colour coded product categories, each one detailing product and ordering information, offering downloads and highlighting key features. These sections include couplers, baypoles, corner posts, jacks and foiled trims.

 
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World’s Most Sustainable Office Opts For ISO CHEMIE Sealing Tape

 

Hundreds of windows on a one million sq. ft. award-winning office complex, described as ‘a once in a generation project’, are being protected from the elements thanks to advanced sealing tape technology from ISO-CHEMIE.

An unspecified volume of ISO BLOCO ONE CONTROL has been installed on Bloomberg’s new £1.3bn European headquarters in the City of London, providing long-term protection against wind-blown rain ingress as well as an effective acoustic and thermal seal.

 
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Kestrel BDM Made Up With New Role

 

You could say that Kestrel’s newest signing is made up with her role as business development manager.

Alysse Campany, who has more than seven years of experience in the construction industry, has joined the cladding, soffit and fascia brand covering London and the South East.

 
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Glasstec Proves Successful For GGF

 

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) had a busy and productive exhibition at glasstec Dusseldorf recently, engaging with hundreds of industry contacts over the four day trade show.

At glasstec, approximately 200 guests (including Members, Visitors, non-members and media) were offered information and technical guidance as well as corporate hospitality on the GGF stand.

 
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Architectural Ironmongery Rising Stars Celebrated At GAI Education Awards

 

The door and window hardware industry’s rising stars were celebrated at the 39th annual Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) Education Awards.

Held at the Royal Lancaster hotel in London on 8 November, the awards celebrate the architectural ironmongery professionals who have achieved a GAI Diploma and recognise the highest achieving students.

 
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‘QUALICOAT Meet in Norwich’

 

QUALICOAT UK & Ireland held their last members meeting of 2018 at Dunston Hall in Norwich. The event was very well attended with over thirty members present from a wide selection of the membership which included powder manufacturers, pretreatment suppliers and applicators. Chairman, Alan Maginnis, welcomed the members present and in his opening remarks reflected on the growing membership of the UK and Ireland association and the dynamic nature of the association at present.

 
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Trade News

GGF Responds To Safeglaze Closure

Following the announcement of Safeglaze going into administration, Kevin Buckley, Group Chief Executive of the Glass and Glazing Federation, has issued a statement to clarify that Safeglaze was not in any way connected to the GGF and/or its group of commercial companies

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Virtuoso Doors Eyes Further Growth In 2019

Virtuoso Doors has laid the foundations for a strong 2019 with the announcement that it is on target to achieve year on year growth of over 50%, making 2018 the best year ever in the firm’s 37-year history.

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Quickslide Come Top Of The Quality Audit Clas

Businesses from across the fenestration industry will be familiar with the efforts required to achieve top marks in a Quality Systems Audit. In a benchmarking process that continually reviews in-house procedures,

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CQ-Assured Scheme Relaunched By Certasss

Certass has relaunched its CQ-Assured Scheme which includes 13 different work scopes to help installers who fit more than just windows and doors. It gives contractors the ability to register work they complete for their customers and provide them with a Certificate of Conformity (COC).

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Central Launches Heritage Flush Casement

Midlands based PVC-U fabricator CentralRPL has added the Optima Heritage Flush Casement to its product portfolio. Available on standard turnaround of just 5 days, the Heritage Flush Casement is said by the company to be a perfect

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Homeview Windows Capitalising On Solid Roof Trends With LEKA

Reading’s Homeview Windows started working with LEKA Roof Systems over two years ago and installs the LEKA Warm Roof and the LEKA Orangery Roof. Colin Stichbury, Director of Homeview says: “The solid roof market is really picking up

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Kestrel Reaches ‘Gold’ Standard For Sixth Year In A Row

Kestrel has proved that sustainable sourcing is at the heart of its business after achieving the BES 6001 for the sixth year running.

The accreditation means installers, specifiers and distributors can be

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Perfect Match’ For Flair Windows And greenteQ

Flair Windows has chosen greenteQ – a suited range from hardware supplier VBH (GB) - so that fabricators, installers and homeowners can match their window and door hardware in both finish and style.

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Product News

A Prefix Plasterboard Finish For Warmroof Hybrid

Prefix Systems have further developed their WARMroof Hybrid system by introducing an option for a plasterboard finish to the glazed section reveal. The alternative option results in a contemporary plastered finish with fresh clean lines and modern feel to the glazed area.

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4 Panel Pre App Door Saves Time And Money, Says DOORCO

DOORCO reports that its 4 Panel Pre App door slab takes second place in the popularity stakes with fabricators thanks to its flexibility and simplicity. In a time when efficiency has never been more important, the product ticks all the boxes,

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People

New Appointment At Insight Data Strengthens Customer Experience

Preparing for another busy year ahead, industry data specialists Insight Data have strengthened their team with a new appointment.

Lucy Dennis joins the Insight Data team as the firm’s new Customer Services Manager.

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Machinery

Haffner Murat’s Heritage Machinery Package Gives Central RPL The Edge

West Midlands fabricator Central RPL has recently invested in a heritage machinery package from Haffner Murat. Gary Morton, Managing Director of Central RPL said: “The heritage market is one of the biggest growth areas at the moment.

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FIT Show

Epwin Window Systems To Have Major Presence At FIT 2019

Epwin Window Systems, home of the market-leading Profile 22, Spectus and Swish brands, has just announced it will have a major presence at FIT 2019. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin, said: “We are delighted to announce our presence at FIT 2019.

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Exhibitions

Glasstec A Resounding Success For SWISSPACER

SWISSPACER enjoyed a successful glasstec show last month in Düsseldorf, Germany. SWISSPACER AIR was the main attraction, and visitors from around the world saw how this small component can

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Awards

Global Success For CMS With Green World Award Win

CMS Window Systems has been recognised as one of the world’s best for its environmental achievements by winning a Green World Award in the international campaign to find the greenest countries, companies, and communities.

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G18 Awards

The G-Awards judges have revealed the names of the finalists in this year’s event.

The winners will be announced at the G18 Gala Dinner and Awards event on Friday November 30th at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

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NFA Awards

NFA Awards winners have been revealed.

The results of NFA 2018 Awards have been announced. Click below to view some of the winners.

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Charity

Morley Donation Makes A Difference For Leeds Charity

A Harehills-based youth charity has thanked Morley Glass & Glazing for its recent donation of glass for a door to complete its new gym facility.

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