30th September 2014 VIEW ONLINE
 
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries
Jobs

Sales Director – Ultraframe(UK)Ltd Ultraframe is seeking a Sales Director to join its growing business.
Following a sustained period of product launches, the new person will further drive sales and adoption of Loggia, realROOF and LivinROOF.
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People

Ultraframe has boosted its Customer First pledge with the appointment of customer services expert Maria Ashley
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Fast-growing fabricator Quickslide has announced three new appointments – including two completely new positions – to further strengthen its service to a growing base of trade customers across the UK.
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ISO-Chemie, one of Europe’s main producers of foam sealants, is expanding its national sales operation with the appointment of a new technical advisor covering the south and east of England.
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Software specialist Business Micros has responded to the growth in market demand by creating a new Technical Resource team to help support both new and existing customers.
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Professor Robert Lowe is a physicist with a broad interest in the field of buildings, energy and sustainability, and in the role of research in the transformation of building
energy performance.
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Lincolnshire’s largest and longest established fabricator, Sternfenster, has recently made a strategic appointment as it embarks on its next stage of growth.
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Following the retirement of Mann McGowan director Alistair Scott, the company has restructured their operations.
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Dino Fenzi the President of the Fenzi Group passed away in the early hours of Monday 22nd September.
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Mr Roy Wakeman, OBE, Executive Chairman of The Performance Timber Products Group (PTPG) has announced today that Joe Martoccia,
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Exhibitions

REHAU will be at this year’s UK Passivhaus conference in Stevenage on 16 October demonstrating its high performing PVC-U and composite window and curtain walling solutions.
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Preparations for the contractor-based exhibition have received a massive boost, as fenestration giant Internorm signs up to attend next year’s inaugural Build Show.
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As contractors across the UK continue to gear up for increased growth, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has joined the Build Show as an Event Partner
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Apeer’s MODO collection takes centre stage at Grand Designs Live, Birmingham, next month (October 9 -12) showing why it’s in a class of its own when it comes to contemporary styling.
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As the housing boom continues to strengthen the UK’s economy, the Build Show is pleased to announce that the National House Building Council (NHBC)
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Glasstec

UKAS accredited testing specialist Wintech Engineering Limited is pleased to announce its partnership with the industry’s leading trade body,
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Guardian Industries will showcase a comprehensive array of commercial, residential and interior glass products and solutions available all over the world at Stand F43 in Hall 10 at Glasstec Oct. 21-24 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
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The first trade fair for glass processors named "Glas" took place in Düsseldorf in 1970. Bohle has taken part as an exhibitor in every outing of the fair,
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The Promac Group will once again take to the Glasstec halls in order to support its global suppliers who will be showcasing yet more innovative and relevant machinery for today’s market.
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RegaLead is putting its final preparations in place for Glasstec 2014. Regular exhibitors at the Dusseldorf based exhibition,
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UK warm edge spacer bar and accessories manufacturer, Thermoseal Group invites all visitors to the Glasstec Dusseldorf exhibition to visit their ThermoBAR and FLEX it with them on stand C19 in hall 17 at Messe Dusseldorf 20-24 October 2014.
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Machine construction company LiSEC will be introducing a new product series at glasstec. Called 'base' it includes lines and stand-alone machines for the 'emerging markets',
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The Fenzi Group, supplier of chemicals for secondary flat glass processing, will place the spotlight on its finest market offerings at Glasstec 2014.
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Kommerling UK will be sharing Stand C22, Hall 17, with its German parent company at the forthcoming Glasstec exhibition, taking place 21-24th October in Dusseldorf.
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Events

The 2014 conference for Everglade Windows on 18 September kicked off with how customers can make more money as we come out of recession.
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The British Safety Council will be hosting its annual conference on 15 October 2014 at the America Square Conference Centre,
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The Veka UK Group was pleased to invite representatives of the British Standards Institution for a tour of the Burnley HQ and demonstration of the new mixing plant in action.
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The GGF will yet again be in attendance at the political party conferences this Autumn to raise Members concerns across a range of political campaigns including:
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Synseal has announced new diary dates for technical training workshops that will focus on design and installation of lucrative Orangery solutions.
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G14 Awards

As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations this year, Purplex Marketing has agreed sponsorship of the after-dinner gift at this year’s G14 Awards,
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Synseal is proud to have joined a select group of prominent industry brands who have invested in main event sponsorship of the G14 Awards.
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For the fifth year in a row, Thermoseal Group is sponsoring the Champagne Reception at the prestigious G-Awards Gala Dinner presentation evening held on Friday 21 November 2014 at London’s world-famous Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.
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Profile bending market leader, Universal Arches, has teamed up with timber and PVCu fabricator, Dempsey Dyer,
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The GGF has once again agreed to be a main sponsor of G14 Awards which will take place at London Hilton on Park Lane,
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It is well known that winning an industry award can bring a number of benefits to the company, yet Awards are sometimes still seen as a drain on resources in terms of the time and effort it takes to submit a quality entry.
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The Veka UK Group is proud to once again be a main sponsor for this year's G Awards.
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As part of its 25 year anniversary celebrations five-time G Award winner, Edgetech UK, has announced its continued sponsorship of the awards in 2014
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ERA, the fabricators’ first choice hardware partner has announced its headline sponsorship of the G14 Awards later this year.
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Swisspacer is sponsoring the G-14 Awards. The UK and Ireland’s No.1 warm edge spacer bar
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Mila has just announced that it has become a headline sponsor of this year’s G-14 Awards,
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Glass

Midland Glass Company, based in Derby, manufactures sealed units with SWISSPACER inside. Established in 1983, Midland Glass is passionate about doing things right,
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PRESS GLASS acoustic glass unit configurator has been updated with new functionalities. As the manufacturer indicated, selection of suitable glass units is much simpler and more effective now.
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RegaLead has launched a brand new division, dedicated to bringing a huge range of decorative products and solutions to the glass processing industry.
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BFRC is responding to questions raised following its statement clarifying the situation regarding measured thermal conductivity values for spacer bars, issued on 19 September 2014.
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Once again TuffX brand ambassador David Price, has garnered another successful victory over his latest opponent Yaroslav Zavorotnyi.
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One of the UK’s leading independent manufacturers of high performance insulating glass units Padiham Glass Ltd has recently returned to CENSolutions for its wide range of certification services.
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ScreenLine integral blind fabricator Morley Glass and Glazing has hosted a two-day visit by the blind system manufacturer’s commercial director,
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Doors

When James and Lucy Brackett transformed their small country cottage into a picture perfect home on Channel 4’s ‘Double Your House for Half the Money’ programme, (September 17 and 20) the show’s presenter Sarah Beeny reflected on how the house was ‘all about the view’. When she saw the refurbished kitchen/diner with Centor Integrated Doors looking out onto open fields she said:
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Masterdor, will be using Medite Tricoya on its facing sheets. Gary Doxey, Masterdor’s Marketing Manager explains,
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TruFrame, the UK’s largest fabricator of the Liniar window and door system, are the latest high profile company to take on Solidor’s premium range of solid hardwood core composite door slabs,
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Distinction Doors, supplier of GRP composite doors, has just announced a partnership with The Folding Sliding Door Company,
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Products

AGB’s new Imago Lift & Slide, the slimmest timber frame lift and slide door hardware system in the market, is now available from top independent hardware distributor Sealco.
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Manufacturer of timber windows, doors and stairs, JELD-WEN has launched a new range of made-to-measure windows,
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Forward thinking, specialist uPVC sash window fabricator Roseview Windows has launched a component designed to make their products look even more like timber.
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Achieving the ultimate in clean aesthetics and effective performance, two new edge seals available from D R Services represent major advances in design.
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Windowlink, creator of design, sales and pricing software, has recently reported a spike in demand for both their conservatory and window and door software modules,
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Leicester based Roof-Maker Ltd is really creating a fuss in the rooflight industry with its new slide open rooflight product!
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Fabricator Focus

Several of Modplan’s customers have reason to celebrate having picked up various awards at Network Veka’s gala dinner and awards ceremony.
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Latest figures show that Network Veka member companies are cumulatively installing orders worth over £1m on a weekly basis,
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Kolorplas has reported increasing demand for its specialist spray painting service as architects exploit PVC-U foiling technologies to deliver an aesthetic match to aluminium.
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A leading Spectus fabricator has reported a surge in sales for its PVC-u bi-folding door, according the company’s managing director.
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SIG Windows - formerly known as Window Fitters Mate (WFM) - has pioneered a strict quality assurance scheme for its expansive range of windows and doors to ensure that the glass and frame are in perfect condition prior to dispatch.
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The continued growth of the aluminium sector has led a specialist fabricator to ring the changes on the factory floor. Gloucester based CDW Systems is adding a second shift at its factory and has gone on a recruitment drive to cope with demand.
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Projects

Metal Technology curtain walling, window and door products have been installed on a unique development of apartments at Gloucester County Cricket Ground.
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Aluminium architectural glazing systems provider Reynaers at Home has highlighted architects’ concerns surrounding sustainability and energy efficiency in residential housing.
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Supplier of steel and aluminium glazing systems Wrightstyle, is to supply and install an internal glazed screen at AWE Aldermaston,
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One of the North-west’s biggest registered social landlords is currently involved in a scheme to improve both the appearance and the energy performance of its high rise properties, where the façade contractor has switched to employing a system from illbruck to seal all of the window openings.
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Spectus Window Systems’ Elite 70 system has been used to give a traditional new build development in Swinton, Greater Manchester a contemporary twist.
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A future Labour government would reintroduce a 'brownfield first' policy for house building. This was the message confirmed last night by the Shadow Planning Minister Roberta Blackman-Woods MP at the joint FMB/CPRE fringe event at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.
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Swish Building Products has supplied over 200 metres of white PVC-U flat board for a unique restoration project on behalf of the Fovant Badges Society
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A new build project spanning 8,500sq ft designed to blend in with the authentic style of its surrounding area, and offering all the detail of a period property with a modern twist, features a a ten door set of bi-folding doors with a moving corner post plus a five door set and incorporated four roof lanterns, manufactured by Origin
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The Busan International Finance Centre in South Korea selected the Fenzi Group product Chromatech Ultra for the IG units in the building.
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Berkeley Homes have appointed English Architectural Glazing as specialist
facade contractor to provide a mixture of Schuco high performance curtain walling,
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Black Millwork’s own range of windows and doors has been used in a stunning new build mansion in Surrey worth £8.5 million.
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Construction

 Analysis of the largest UK construction contractors indicates that despite greater deal-flow, the financial position of many contractors remains weak, with cash balances and margins down, according to a report published today by KPMG.
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Figures released today last week reveal that the total value of commercial & retail construction contracts in August almost doubled compared to the same month in 2013.
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Figures released last week reveal that London accounted for a third of the total value of UK construction contracts in August, dominating across commercial & retail, residential and education sectors.
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Last week, Nigel Rees, GGF Group Chief Executive attended the launch of the Get Britain Building 2020 Delivery Plan which makes the case for using construction as a driver of jobs and growth and includes a range of recommendations for the next Government,
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Awards/Standards

 AR Design Studio’s residential project 4Views, Winchester has received the Sunday Times British Homes Award in the ‘One-off House or Extension’ category. The architects specified AluK’s window and sliding door systems to support their concept of connection with nature,
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Swish Building Products has been short listed for the Best Cladding System or Product award ahead of this year’s prestigious Build It Awards.
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National house builder and timber systems manufacturer the Stewart Milne Group has won its fifth consecutive Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) gold award for occupational health and safety.
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Glazerite installers have smashed all past records in the 2014 Network Veka awards,
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Rehau is proud that leading trade fabricator Polyframe has been nominated for The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2014
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Internet

A dedicated bi-fold business has reported a huge spike in sales since it rolled out a new quote engine for its customers. TWR bi-folds,
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Trade counter Truemans Windows have rolled out a new online ordering system and its popularity is already skyrocketing.
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The Consultancy has celebrated 10 years in the industry by launching its new mobile-responsive website.
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Marketing

‘Friends and family are no longer the top source of information for buyers of windows and doors finds new consumer research carried out by Swish Window and Door Systems.
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CE Marking

Build Check, UKAS accredited Notified Body for CE Marking for windows and doors, is still being asked about CE Marking from companies yet to comply with the new legislation brought in on 1 July 2013.
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Brochures Video

Hardware supplier the Trojan Group, have launched their new retail brochure showcasing their impressive range of window and door hardware.
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BM TRADA has updated its free DVD explaining the fire resistance testing process for passive fire protection products such as fire-resisting doorsets and fire penetration seals.
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Triple Glazing

Triple glazing has been in the news a lot this year and has been generating a lot of comment.  Gary Morgan, BFRC Technical Director, adds his expert opinion.
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Green Deal

The GGF expressed no great surprise at The Energy and Climate Change Committee’s report into the Green Deal in which they brand the policy a “disappointing failure”.
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IT

‘A game changing product for surveying in the aluminium sector’. That is the view of one of the first customers to download the new LogiKal Smart Measure app from Business Micros Aluminium.
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AluK (GB), has expanded its range of BIM components with the addition of GT55 double door,
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Purplex, marketing agency for the glazing industry, has launched a new online composite door builder designed to help companies capture more website sales leads.
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Charities

Insight Data and Purplex Marketing recently raised funds for the charity Genetic Disorders UK.
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The charitable team at Carl F Groupco took the opportunity for a dress down, denim focussed Friday to donate to the ‘Jeans for Genes’ charity.
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Industry growth looks set to continue through to 2018

Well, now we have it. After a continuous welter of building, construction and economic forecasts, we now have our very own Robert Palmer, director of Palmer Market Research, the original fenestration industry crystal ball gazer, lifting all our spirits with the statement that: “We’re entering the longest period of prolonged growth for this market since the nineties”. He goes on to tell us the market dramatically switched to growth in the second quarter of 2013, after a period of continuous decline ending up for the year nearly 5% higher at £3.78 billion. Great news, indeed

The Palmer Window, Door and Conservatory Markets in Housing in Great Britain, 2014 edition, was developed by carrying out structured interviews with 674 companies operating in the market, including house builders, manufacturers, and housing associations, between April and June 2014. You can read the full story here.

A report that concentrates on the PVCu end of the market is also available from D&G Consulting. You can read about it here

We also hear that the UK economy grew slightly (here) and that house prices dropped for the first time in 17 months (here). As well as, news from Kommerling, Swish, and VEKA.

I hope you enjoy this week’s issue.

Please send all your news stories to news@the-glazine.com or should you wish to contact me directly
tony@the-glazine.com


Tony Higgin
Publisher


This Week's News

All Clear for Growth in the Domestic Glazing Market

Growing consumer confidence, a burgeoning housing market and a low interest rate environment helped boost the domestic glazing market in Great Britain in 2013. And growth looks set to continue through to 2018. “We’re entering the longest period of prolonged growth for this market since the nineties” says Robert Palmer, director of Palmer Market Research.

After continuing to decline in the first quarter of 2013, the market dramatically switched to growth in the second quarter, ending up for the year nearly 5% higher at £3.78 billion. By sector, the market in new build housing shot up 17% and in home improvements by a more modest 4%. Only social housing refurbishment failed to see an increase, down just over 2%.

Government initiatives, in particular the Help to Buy scheme, have had an important effect on new build and will continue to do so through to 2018 and even beyond. Rising interest rates will be something of a dampener but even so by 2018 the market is forecast to be 50% bigger than it was in 2013.

The strengthening housing market itself is also helping home improvements as homeowners feel that these are now worth making again. The higher number of housing transactions boosted the replacement market which saw growth for the first time in ten years. Overall the home improvement market will grow by nearly a fifth between 2013 and 2018.

More negatively, funding issues after the winding down of the Decent Homes Programme will mean little or no growth in social housing refurbishment over the period to 2018.

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UK economy grew 0.9% in second quarter, says ONS

UK economic growth has been revised up to 0.9% for the second quarter of the year by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), compared with a previous estimate of 0.8%.
UK GDP was 3.2% higher in the second quarter compared with a year earlier.

Revised ONS figures also show the UK economy surpassed its pre-recession peak in the third quarter of 2013.

Previously, this was thought to have been achieved in the second quarter of 2014.

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Labour’s “war on cold homes” step in right direction

Labour’s announcement that it would provide interest free loans for energy efficiency work to one million households is a welcome step to address the failures of the Green Deal, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Our housing stock is amongst the oldest and least energy efficient in Europe and Labour recognises the urgent need to retrofit our existing homes. If we cannot tackle this problem, we will not halt the rise in fuel poverty and we will not meet our 80% carbon reduction targets by 2050.

Berry continued: “The Green Deal, as it currently stands, has little financial appeal to most households, precisely because of the interest rates charged. The package of measures announced by Labour yesterday, including focusing ECO funding on low income homes and bringing the private rented sector up to scratch, are good first steps towards making energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority.”

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100 Approved Installers in just a few months

Since it was unveiled at this year's FIT Show, The VEKA UK Group's Approved Installer initiative has already welcomed over 100 members onto its books.

The key aim of the scheme is to assist installers with selling VEKA and Halo products and there are a whole host of tools to assist them. These include valuable sales leads from a dedicated consumer-facing website and access to exclusive, professionally-designed marketing materials. Add into this that it’s free of charge to become an Approved Installer and it's easy to see why the uptake has been so immediate!

In addition to the first 100 Approved Installers, there are also around 40 Approved Fabricators who are now eligible to approve their installer customers. Amy Grundy, National Sales Manager for the Approved Installer scheme, is thrilled by the positive reaction it has received from the outset:

“To have hit the milestone of 100 Approved Installers, eager to show their commitment to using high-spec VEKA and Halo products, is a great result for the scheme – particularly this early in its history. I've seen the initial buzz that surrounded our launch at the FIT Show develop into ever-growing numbers of companies, keen to become Approved Installers and benefit from the support available.”

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New Market Intelligence

The window and roofline industries have finally started to see an increase in demand, but the companies that are really hitting the ground running are those that know the markets inside out and know what is coming next. D&G Consulting is pleased to announce the launch of its most up to date market reports.

David Amos, Principal of D&G comments: “We can’t quite offer companies a crystal ball but we can give them the next best thing. Our annual PVC Window, Door and Conservatory Report and Roofline Report are now available and include the very latest reliable information on the current health of the market and perhaps more importantly the forecasts for the future, including key growth areas. Both reports help company Directors of systems companies, fabrication companies, roofline, hardware, glass and component suppliers at all levels of the supply chain to identify real business opportunities and how to make the most of them.

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Everest Launch National Sales Academy

Everest have launched their first ever National Sales Academy in St Albans. This new centre will serve as the nationwide hub for training and developing all of its existing and newly recruited Sales Consultants.


 
The dedicated academy is designed to be a focal point for Everest’s commitment to the continued development and training of its extensive sales force. The hub provides a centralised place for staff to engage thoroughly with the range of products and become familiar with and aligned to Everest’s business objectives and core values.

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A Lead-Free Decade

Over the last decade Kömmerling’s parent company, profine Group, have saved 68,000 tonnes of lead, thanks to the use of their innovative calcium-zinc based Greenline compound.


During this period, the Group has processed well over 2million tonnes of Greenline compound and they have been instrumental in the drive to remove lead from PVCu compounds in the building sector. While many other systems companies have been slow to react due to technical and commercial reasons, profine have taken a leading stance in this environmental initiative, that’s also supported by VinylPlus, a sustainability programme of the European PVC industry.

More specifically VinylPlus is built around five ambitious commitments including the responsible use of additives by moving towards the replacement of lead stabilisers by 2015, reviewing the use of other additives and moving towards the best possible sustainable additive systems. In an age where lead has been removed from petrol, paint and children’s toys, several decades ago, the PVC industry in general has been a little slow to follow suit.

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Supporting National Home Security Month

With statistics showing that darker nights bring a 20 per cent increase in home burglaries, retail window brand Swish Window and Door Systems is supporting National Home Security Month (NHSM) in October.

During NHSM Swish is helping its Authorised Installers explain the benefits of high security windows and doors to homeowners with the #swishsecure social media campaign. It’s also backing customers with personalised press releases for their local newspapers linking Swish installers to National Home Security Month.

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UK house prices fall for first time in 17 months, says Nationwide

House prices fell by 0.2% in September, according to Nationwide, the first decline it has recorded since April 2013.
Britain’s biggest building society said almost £1,000 was knocked of the value of a typical UK home as a result of the fall, which followed 16 consecutive monthly price rises and provides the latest evidence that the housing market is cooling.

However, Nationwide said the figures disguised wide regional variations, with average prices in London reaching a record high of £401,000, taking them 31% above their 2007 peak.
Nationwide said this was the first time prices had fallen on a monthly basis since April 2013, when they fell by 0.1%. As a result, the rate of annual house price growth fell from 11% to 9.4%.

Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist, said that while house price growth slowed in September, the picture on a quarterly basis was still relatively strong, with all 13 UK regions recording annual price gains.

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