Rehau has launched ‘In the Frame’, a campaign to help window specifiers navigate the landscape of building regulations, technical specifications, and sustainability.
The company’s technical experts were concerned that, following several years of fluctuating information and debate around the topic, architects and specifiers could be left with multiple sources of conflicting advice.
Head of technical services and certification Mark Gajda, who has been leading a project to ensure its uPVC continues to exceed all relevant Building Regulations, said: “The Future Homes Standard is of course not new. It has been high on the news agenda for a number of years now, and it’s this level of content and debate around it that could risk people being served the wrong information.”
In response, Mark and his team have developed a series of four fact sheets for those working with architects, specifiers, and surveyors, aimed to provide a brief introduction to the changes, projected timeline, and targets. Two of these cover energy efficiency requirements under Part L for new build and refurb projects, and the other two address ventilation standards through Part F for the same.
The wider ‘In The Frame’ initiative will then shine the spotlight on other commercial technical issues throughout the rest of the year, including Passivhaus, sustainability of materials and overheating in buildings.
All of this content will be hosted within a dedicated online hub for specifiers working across large multi-residential and commercial projects, whether that be in the housebuilding, public sector, local authority, or private commercial sectors.
Steve Tonkiss, head of sales south at Rehau Windows, said: “We are seeing more and more technical queries coming through from the commercial end of the market and therefore identified a need for a dedicated space where they can find what they need quickly.
“With regards to Future Homes in particular, it’s important to realise that just because you change one thing in line with regulations, it may impact another – such as acoustics, weather performance and the like. This is an area we are getting a lot of questions on so would encourage anyone who is unsure to get in touch and we will be happy to help advise.”