The glass industry has shown its backing for triple glazing and believes it is ready for the challenge if the imminent Future Homes Standard makes it mandatory on new-build.

That was the overriding conclusion to emerge when senior industry figures met for a round-table discussion as a forerunner to the return of Edgetech’s Triple Glazing Question, due to be held next May.

“We had a great day of discussion and debate in Birmingham, and the results were hugely encouraging,” said MD Chris Alderson.

“We all know that the Future Homes Standard will have a major impact on the sector, but the exact nature of that impact is still unclear.

“At the moment, we don’t know if it will make triple glazing mandatory for all new-build properties.

“However, those in the room were resoundingly in favour of that option and were very confident the industry could quickly adapt to it.

“It was yet another demonstration of our sector’s resilience and ability to deal with change and left me more confident than ever that it has a very bright future ahead of it.”

With free-flowing discussion and anonymous polling, the event gauged attendees’ opinions on a range of important topics.

They were asked whether they favoured a mandatory shift to triple glazing for new-build, and about the industry’s ability to cope if that were to come into force.

The discussion also covered current demand for triple glazing, and whether making it the norm for new-build would generate greater consumer interest.

Much uncertainty remains around the Future Homes Standard – but the mood in the room was extremely optimistic, Chris added.

The company recently announced that the event, picking up from the original 2014 debate, will take place on 27th March 2024 at Coventry’s CBS Arena

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