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    ‘Can Prices Rise Further?’ – CAB State of the Trade survey

    From: Phil Slinger, chief executive Council for Aluminium in Building  Against the backdrop of increased prices for both aluminium and PVC Fenestration materials, CAB members remain optimistic despite continued hardship for the wider construction industry....

    Energy prices and their impact on retail

    From: Rob McGlennon, managing director, Deceuninck ‘22% of homeowners intend to make home improvements in the next 12-months’*. That’s up from 16% in the final quarter of 2021.  Why are more people intending to make home...

    More glass shortages to come?

    From: Mark Mitchell, Chair, Cornwall Group UK-produced glass sent to Europe to prop-up volumes there is threatening supply in the UK. Some 20% of all glass produced by the UK’s three main float lines is being...

    Good news on UKCA marking – but we need a long-term solution

    From: Gary Shoesmith, Head of technical & quality, Edgetech UK. We’re delighted that common sense has prevailed for a second time regarding product safety regulations and the UK’s exit from the EU – but we...

    Why cost control is so critical

    From: Ryan Johnson, Managing Director, Emplas Group It’s been a tricky few months.  The positive is that the supply chain has now, to a point, stabilised. In most instances we’re getting the materials that we need...

    Kickstart: a missed opportunity

    From: Katie Thornton, director of compliance and administration, The Window Company (Contracts) Three months after the deadline passed for hiring unemployed 16-24 year olds under the government’s much vaunted Kickstart scheme, we have to ask...

    Is it time to rethink glass energy surcharges?

    From: Mark Mitchell, chair, Cornwall Group Energy surcharges. Let’s be honest, none of us like to see that extra line on our invoices, but they have historically been the best way to reflect the volatile...

    Why compromise – it’s worth the wait

    From: Ian Latimer, managing director, Emmegi (UK) Anyone who’s had any building work done on their home or tried to order a new car over the past year or so will be very familiar with...

    ‘Fire doors are not ordinary doors’

    From: Howard Trotter, business manager, Shelforce News from the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) that three quarters of the fire doors inspected in the UK by its approved inspectors did not meet the required standard...

    Catching the trickle vent cowboys?

    From Mike Parczuk, MD Sternfenster We’ve seen a lot of discussion about Part F. How it appears to contradict Part L and reinforce the perception that government and those writing the building regulations are completely...