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28th November 2023

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Mila’s Stainless Steel Supasecure Handle Achieves First And Only Silver Sold Secure Grading


Mila’s popular SupaSecure TS007 two star door handle has just become the highest rated security handle in the UK, according to the company, scoring an unprecedented Silver grading from Sold Secure.

Mila says the stainless steel SupaSecure is the first and only handle to have been awarded the coveted Silver grading alongside its PAS24 and SBD accreditation, and gives Mila customers “absolute reassurance that they are fitting and promoting the most secure option available” – in combination with either a 1-star or a 3-star cylinder.


Winners Announced At The G23 Awards


The winners of the G23 Awards were announced on Friday night, 24 November, at a black-tie gala evening at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Hosted by actor and comedian Omid Djalili, the awards recognised and celebrated the very best of the UK glass & glazing industry.

With fourteen categories that were fiercely contested, the huge audience of over 700 saw the following winners pick up the coveted trophies with Everglade Windows and Kubu Smart both celebrating a double award win.


TuffX Warms Up Bi-Fold Doors


With continued pressure to innovate our way to more energy efficient, sustainable homes, TuffX has risen to the challenge with the official launch of its long-awaited electrically heated glass product, Glow. For bi-fold doors in the first instance the glass offers homeowners a revolutionary new way to heat their homes.

“With traditional heaters and gas boilers being recognised as inefficient, there is an urgent need for effective and affordable alternatives,” explains Paul Higgins, commercial director of TuffX. “Glow offers a solution that is like underfloor heating in that it doesn’t require wall space but is also not prohibitively expensive.


Endurance Doors Launches New Locking System


In line with its commitment to continuous product research and development, Endurance Doors has developed a new PAS 24 certified, multi-point locking system for use across its range.

Called the Guardian5, the next generation system has been designed from the ground up to offer multiple benefits – including exceptional levels of security, impressive reliability and a more fitter friendly design, says Endurance Doors.

Specifically, the Guardian5 employs five, strategically located, twin deadbolts. These deadbolts, which are nickel-plated,


Ultraroof Now With Metrotile


Ultraroof is now available to order with Metrotile, providing all of the usual benefits of Ultraroof but now with a Metrotile shingle finish at a lower price point. Ultraroof Metrotile is available in a choice of four popular tile colours: charcoal, ebony, burnt umber, and antique red, and is priced 10% lower than Ultraroof Slate. However, Ultraframe says an introductory offer is available with savings of 20% vs Ultraroof Slate on all Ultraroof Metrotile orders placed before 31st January 2024.

Commenting on the latest enhancement to the award-winning solid roof, Ultraframe marketing director, Alex Hewitt, said:


Winners Of British Woodworking Federation Awards 2023 Revealed


The winners of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards 2023 have been revealed at an evening of celebration held at The Langham in London.

The 5-Star hotel was the perfect setting for an evening of celebration and fine dining to recognise the people, projects and processes that have made a significant impact on the woodworking and joinery manufacturing sector over the past year.

The 15th anniversary of the annual Awards saw a record number of entries and an exceptionally high calibre of finalists in each category.


DoorCo Adds Stable Doors Into Gripcore And Original


On Day 4 of their Innovation week, DoorCo announced that 6 farmhouse stable door designs will be added to both their Gripcore and Original range.

DoorCo’s technical and sales manager, Ian Glenister discusses the additions:

“We’ve been discussing the concept of stable doors with customers for some time but it’s important to us that all of our innovations are done to the standards synonymous with the DoorCo product range. Therefore, we’ve taken time to ensure that not only are our new stable doors of the best possible quality,


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Jay Patel, director at Deceuninck fabricator Everglade Windows – recently crowned Fabricator of the Year and winner of the Customer Care Initiative award at the G23 Awards – explains how competing on price was always a flawed tactic, but today even more so. We report.

Deceuninck fabricator Everglade Windows operates out of Perivale, West London, and deliberately services customers within a given geographical area.

“That area is quite large, covering the majority of Southern and Eastern England,” Jay Patel, director at Everglade Windows says.


Epwin Window Systems’ Flush Casement Windows Deliver Timeless Appeal


Epwin Window Systems’ Flush Casement windows have proven their timeless appeal in a recent Yorkshire home remodelling project. The comprehensive front property elevation was carried out by local builder and property owner, Ralph Schorah-Croft who fitted the Flush Casement windows in a sympathetic extension of his detached bungalow in Pickering, North Yorkshire.

The windows for the comprehensive front elevation including the construction of an additional front bay window, were manufactured by longstanding Epwin Window Systems’ fabricator, Kingfisher Windows.


PiGs Gets A New Look For 2024


PiGs has a new look and new dates for 2024. The sty brand has had a stunning makeover, along with new dates to bring more opportunities for networking for the glazing industry.

2024 sees a decade of dedication from PiGs organiser Sarah Ball from Balls2 Marketing. “The past 10 years haved been a blast with PiGs,” says Sarah. “The events have been supported by some amazing companies in the industry and across the entire supply chain. We couldn’t be more proud of the success we’ve had.”


Putting Solar Gain In The Shade


Cornwall Glass Manufacturing’s commercial and technical director Angus Herdman believes solar control is crucial in the new era of energy efficient buildings. We report.

The Future Homes Standard (FHS) is expected to come into force in 2025, and it will mark a significant change in the way the thermal performance of building components is calculated for newbuild properties in England and Wales.

Until now, compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations can be demonstrated by either meeting the required U-values,


DoorCo Launch Slate and Agate as Standard Colours For Original and Flip Designs


In their latest Innovation Week launch, DoorCo tell customers of the popular Original and Flip designs that will be available in Slate and Agate as standard colours from January 2024.

Now responsible for Paint within the business, newly appointed supply chain manager Ian Donohue tells us about the new additions.

“After reviewing the data of the most popular colours over the last 12-18 months, it was clear to see that outside of our current standard shades, Slate and Agate were the best-sellers by a mile.


The Residence Collection Details Partnership With Window Tech


Window and door designer, The Residence Collection, has a long standing partnership with window, door and conservatory manufacturer, Window Tech, to deliver high-quality home improvements in Essex and the surrounding area.

For more than 30 years, family-run business Window Tech has been manufacturing windows, doors and conservatories for customers. The Residence Collection provides window and door systems, which are designed and made in Great Britain, and has been working closely with Window Tech for 13 years to manufacture its window and door collections.


Senior Levels Up Leeds Student Accommodation


A trio of innovative aluminium solutions from Senior Architectural Systems were used for the Terry Frost Building, a new £30 million luxury student accommodation development in the heart of Leeds’ university hub.

The seven-storey building required a robust yet attractive façade, and Senior’s SF52 aluminium curtain wall system provided the ideal solution. Featuring a range of benefits including slim sightlines and enhanced thermal performance to exceed current regulations, as well as excellent weather performance and cradle-to-cradle recyclability, the SF52 curtain wall system combines form and function.


Will Trust Be The Biggest Driver For Consumers In 2024?


With financial caution set to continue for households in 2024, trust could well be the biggest driver for consumers when eyeing up home improvements says Andy Royle, co-founder and director of Leads2Trade, provider of double qualified window, door and conservatory sales leads.

In today’s ever-evolving economic landscape, financial caution has seen the home improvement market become a little less buoyant. And with good reason. Economic uncertainty and fluctuating markets have understandably left many consumers more conscious of their spending habits.


Growth Drive For Bedford Manufacturer With £1.9M Investment


A Bedford-based glass manufacturer is doubling its capacity after investing in new machinery and its HQ with the support of a £1.9m funding package from Lloyds Bank.

Clearglaze Ltd has used the capital import finance loan to acquire a new glass toughening furnace from a specialist manufacturer in Italy.

The more efficient machine has twice the capacity as its previous glass toughener, meaning the business is saving around £10,000 on its energy bills each month and has greater capacity to meet growing demand.


Eurocell’s Logik Window System Used At New Build Development In Kent


One of Eurocell’s most energy-efficient window solutions has been used as part of an award-winning large-scale residential development in Rainham, Kent.

Long-term fabrication and installation partner A&B Glass, included the Logik PVC-U window system as an alternative to aluminium frames, to meet developer and homeowner demand at the Beaulieu Park housing scheme.

Eurocell worked with A&B Glass, based in Sudbury, to manage the specification and supply of Logik for 90 plots covering a combination of new build residential homes and private apartments.


Trade News

Conservatory Outlet Records 125% Increase In Sales Of Its Envisage Flush Casement Windows

Conservatory Outlet, a UK fabricator of windows, doors, and specialist home improvement products, has recorded a 125% increase in the sales of its trademark collection of Envisage flush casement windows.


U-Comply N Calculator Adding Value, Says Epwin Window Systems

Epwin Window Systems has confirmed an increase in downloads of its thermal efficiency calculator U-Comply N by customers calculating the thermal performance and transmittance of their window and door specifications. The U-Comply N online tool is fully accredited by the BSI and the BFRC...


Trade News

DGCOS Announces New 6 And 2 Year Registration Options

To support the changing market, The Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme (DGCOS) is introducing shorter 6 and 2 year registration options for members, in addition to its current standard of 10 years, allowing members to offer more relevant protection on installations and replacements.


Nearly Half Of Contractors Are Not Part Of An ADR Scheme Set To Become Compulsory Next Year, Says Disput Assist

Two-fifths (42%) of UK contractors are not part of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) scheme despite the fact that it could become mandatory in 2024, reveals new research.

Commissioned by Dispute Assist, a leading UK dispute resolution provider,


Product News

Doorco Introduces New Glass Range In ‘Noir’ Collection

DoorCo brings Innovation week to a close with more new product announcements, focused on the new Noir Collection and expanded glass range. Noir, designed to bring the new Eaton door slab to life, is a curated collection of special glass and colour options,


Legacy VS: Whatever The Weather

Quickslide’s Legacy vertical slider is officially one of the best performing sash windows available on the market, as proven by the results of its recent weather performance tests, claims the company.

During testing, windows are assessed for air permeability,


Get Quick With Flip

DoorCo’s second generation Flip cassette system is now faster than competitor systems on the market, proven in a recent filmed time trial, claims the company.

“The Flip cassette system has had a revamp, fuelled by customer-led innovation and our desire to always do better”,



GGF Welcomes Aluminium Expertise

In a further extension of its technical knowledge and industry support, the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has welcomed Steve Turner to its already comprehensive technical team.

Dave Borland, head of GGF technical,



Will Home Improvement Spending Fall Alongside House Prices In 2024?

House prices and home improvements have historically been closely linked. Many improvements to the home are made to increase the saleability of the property, and with house prices predicted to continue to fall until 2025, we ask, will the home improvement market also falter?


Are Sliding Patio Doors Becoming The New Bi-Fold Doors?

Jeremy Phillips, group chairman of specialist aluminium fabricators CDW Systems, discusses why sliding patio doors could about to take the place of bi-fold doors on homeowners’ wish lists in 2024.

Aluminium bi-fold doors have been the ‘go-to’ high end home improvement product...



Regalead Reports Successes With Urban Bar For Bifold Doors

Urban Bar from RegaLead has been incorporated by a significant number of aluminium fabricators across multiple window and door systems, aiming to achieve the industrial heritage aesthetic.

The trend for industrial heritage continues to grow,



Window Industry Turning To ‘Online Retail Model’ Of Customer Service, Says First Degree Systems

Window fabricators are taking inspiration from online businesses in the way they manage customer relations, according to Solutions Architect for Cyncly business First Degree Systems, Phil Wilson.

“One of the biggest trends that we see, is window fabricators putting more control...


On Site

Senior Goes Back To School To Support The Future Of Fenestration

Senior Architectural Systems, manufacturer of aluminium fenestration solutions, has partnered with a local secondary school to give students a new view of potential careers within the construction industry.

South Yorkshire based Senior has been working with Sir Thomas Walton Academy,



Insight Data Celebrates A Decade Of Success In Partnership With Vista Panels

Insight Data, a leading provider of prospect data and marketing solutions for the fenestration industry, says it is thrilled to announce the celebration of its 10-year partnership with Vista Panels. Vista Panels a manufacturer of GRP composite doors and uPVC panels, have long held a foothold in the industry dating back to 1995.



Qualicoat At Zak

By Angus Mackie – Qualicoat Chair

This is the first time that Qualicoat has sponsored this keynote event for the Facade Industry. Zak is held annually in London and draws in decision makers from across the facade supply chain. It was an excellent platform for members of the Association to engage with the supply chain...



Glazpart Shortlisted For Three Building Performance Awards

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has announced that Glazpart’s Link Vent 4000 has been nominated for three Product Innovation awards in the following categories: Wellbeing, Air Quality and Thermal Comfort.



Direct Trade Windows Sponsors Brighton Youth Football Club

Aluminium trade supplier Direct Trade Windows has signed up to sponsor a local Brighton-based youth football club in their upcoming season, further strengthening the company’s commitment to supporting local communities.


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