MACOnnect is thought to be the first and only UK’s dedicated fenestration podcast. The first two episodes had seen the MACO UK MD (Kevin Whiting) and Head of product, service and Innovation (Craig Bryant) discuss adaptability and Product development.
Now on its third episode, host Mark Enderby was joined by Secured by Design’s Lyn Poole. The first industry guest, Lyn Poole gives an incredible insight into not only the importance of Secured by Design (SBD) in the fenestration industry but the impact it has for its members and the wider communities where these products are installed. Lyn Poole brings a wealth of expertise and experience from her background as a police officer to now working directly for SBD as of April this year.
SBD’s impact goes beyond just a window and door. Lyn Poole explains the real life implications in reducing crime compared to sites where SBD has not been considered, as well as the impact in reducing carbon emissions due to reduction in crime.
Proof of this can be seen in an example that Lyn gives of a development in Scotland
“In Fife, Police Scotland had an SBD development of over 3k homes and when they looked at the statistics over a 20 year period they found that the SBD development had 87% fewer burglaries compared to a similar non-SBD development. That’s amazing and this is the sort of thing we want to maintain. “
The podcast delves into truly understanding the unique features and benefits for the entire supply chain that Secured by Design can offer from CPD training for architects and developers to marketing support for those manufacturing and installing SBD products. SBD of course goes further than just fenestration but Lyn explains the importance for the fenestration industry to look at SBD certification. Using MACO as an example, the vast projects where MACO has been used (because MACO hardware is SBD is approved) is evident. Marketing Manager and Host of MACOnnect, Mark Enderby also was able to confirm that MACO had continued their membership with SBD.
Of course SBD is open to everyone but there are tests and standards that have to be met. Lyn Poole gives an insight into this explaining for example how MACO’s products have to be tested by independent test bodies to their own in order to ensure they’re the best in market ensuring quality, security and longevity to help in the prevention of crime.
“Products must be subject to rigorous testing and additionally be fully certificated by an independent, third-party certification body accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) before being allowed to carry the SBD logo – this is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK. The police services signpost members of the public, architects, developers etc. to our website and as we have done the due diligence around those products they don’t have to and can feel confident in purchasing those products”
The podcast can be found on MACO’s podcast channel on Podbean. Just click the link below to visit the podcast directly.