Fenestration Digital Magazine edition 12

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ISSUE 12: FENESTRATION DIGITAL MAGAZINE

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CLIPPINGS AND MUSINGS JUNE 2019 - HELEN DUVAL

Insurance companies today dictate that security is tighter than ever with modern 5-lever mortice locks now installed to meet stringent insurance requirements. We know how important security reviews are these days with companies such as Yale, Mila and Avocet tackling the threat of lock-snapping, which has become an increasing concern over recent years. Secured By Design safety guarantees continue to be important to both installers and homeowners, as combating burglaries and preventing crime is a priority in these challenging times. Although technology is advancing at a rapid pace it would be easy to think that we are safer, yet we regularly see statistics regarding burglaries and break-in crime on the increase. Fortunately, trained locksmiths can perform master re-keying on homes or business complexes but surely it has to be about educating homeowners and landlords to ensure that security is reviewed regularly?

We are told, that whether old or new, if a burglar is determined that they can force their way into properties and buildings with ease, via all the weakest spots. So where are the weakest parts of our homes? For a lot of consumers evaluating locks is never considered until something awful has happened, so it may be wise for compulsory reviews to be introduced by both insurance and mortgage companies. Regularly replacing old locks would make a lot of sense all round. How do we make sure that people with smaller budgets can also protect everything they hold most dear — perhaps that is something that should be a focus for the innovators? As the digital world starts to take more control over our security, mobile apps are providing a lot of answers, whether through clever technical coding linked to our iphones or useful directories such as the mobile friendly MLA website.

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Timely tips are always useful whether it’s for installers, builders or consumers. Like any other product, traditional door and window locks do eventually wear and fail over a period of time and at some point it may not be as easy to turn the key. For the elderly this can be a really problem. It is also ad-visable for homeowners to remember when moving into a new home, that there could be a lot of copies of keys with previous owners relatives, friends or even care workers all having their own copy. As we are all homeowners, feeling vulnerable leaves each and every one of us extremely uncomfortable, particularly when trying to protect our most precious belongings, so it’s very reassuring to know that quality locksmiths are still around to help us protect all our nearest, dearest and our highly valued possessions. Equally responding to the challenge of keeping the weaker and more vulnerable in society safe has slowly become more and more important to all of us. Good design principles are making a noticeable difference in the construction sector, with a variety of specialist and improved care housing having been introduced into design for the elderly. Looking to the future of home design, the idea of robotics is not such a fantastical idea, as they are becoming increasingly popular as a viable household concept. Their potential to be adapted and used in a wide variety of security and surveillance applications is extremely appealing to more and more homeowners. Naturally, everyone wants their home to be safe and secure yet still only a small percentage of homeowners own a home security system. Wireless technology has blown home security wide open. Property owners and renters can now invest in systems that offer functionality at realistic costs. From connected cameras to smart sensors as well as complete home security systems, or simple all-in- one devices, there are many options around today that provide peace of mind for the right price.

Technology now has its place in our every day lives even if almost as soon as one thing is on the market, the next trend is being introduced, we are gaining more advantages and benefits to make us feel secure. At the moment wireless locks are popular with homeowners and for modern offices. E-keys on iphones, which you can send onto family and friends enables them to let themselves in are increasingly popular. Doors that can record, lock and unlock remotely, wherever you have wifi access are now being advertised on mainstream television. There are of course risks, with some homeowners having concerns about trusting digital security, and its technological capacity when safeguarding their most valued possessions. Hacking of course will be a concern, although this vulnerability probably lies with the consumer’s internet provider rather than the lock. According to some manufacturers the protection focus on these products should be via the home router with rigorous network management and regular password maintenance undertaken. So for those who prefer the more traditional avenues of lock and key protection it is equally important to remember that everything in this world does have a lifespan. It is easy for homeowners to forget that all things need maintenance and checking - locks are no exception. In fact they are probably one of the most important things to remember to inspect. A pertinent reminder to homeowners could always be useful. Locksmiths advise us that it is important to know when to replace locks, as it could save homeowners a lot of heartache and financial loss should a burglary occur. For manufacturers, it is always good to remind installers about the importance of reviewing existing or old locks, not just from a sales point of view, but for referrals and new business.

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ENERGY EFFICIENT CURTAINWALLING PROJECTS ON THE RISE

As the world progressively moves forward technologically, and at a frantic pace, the ability of machines to restructure many different market sectors is becoming increasingly important. Today manufacturers must become more efficient as performance, energy efficiency and speed of delivery are priorities across the construction sector. In relation to materials, the pressure is on manufacturers to find faster and easier ways to accommodate and produce the new innovations in glass, in as short a time as possible. Increasingly unique, new methods of improving the performance of commercial buildings quickly become the new must have for designers and architects. Accommodating the green appeal is now important with natural light and mental health being closely associated with it in respect of occupants.

Increasingly there is a desire to incorporate supersized jumbo glass sheets into new commercial projects with architects expanding their visions as they aim to take buildings higher and higher. Glass buildings such as The Shard, The Gherkhin and even planned new buildings such as The Tulip, which at 1,000ft (305m) would become the second tallest skyscraper in western Europe and will feature a viewing platform with rotating glass pods; all of these structures are contributing to the growing need for glass as a main material. The innovative designs have a ‘double skin’ of glass that helps to manage the emissions from these buildings which is a key consideration for architects.

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This type of glass is truly coming into its own in commercial projects as energy efficiency is utilised to create a truly comfortable experience for occupants and a striking overall finish which attracts a lot of attention and earns the building money. The desire to experience life at a higher altitude is becoming extremely popular both as a dweller and a visitor. These glass giants reap in vast amounts for the restaurant, bar and shop owners who see the value in high-rise, passing trade. The future is constantly shifting but it will be dominated by climate change and legislation to combat its effects. Sustainability is clearly in focus and companies are now prepared to pay that little extra to protect the environment and the people on the inside through intelligent building design.

As well as the positive effects gained from natural light, larger glass panels give a building a striking overall aesthetic. Distinctive designs that incorporate jumbo sized panels demonstrate that designers are now capitalising on glass as a material with environmental issues and product durability key priorities. With sustainability becoming the ‘norm’ in concept design, green building requirements are now exceptionally important. As our buildings become ‘smarter’ the digital intelligence of new projects is also being incorporated as a priority to ensure people can enjoy the space, not just to live in but also to work. High performance glass, solar control and a variety of tinted glass options now available demonstrate clear benefits, as open views and controllable internal temperatures give greater scope for designers.

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IS IT TIME TO MARTECH YOUR BUSINESS?

Understanding business needs and creating an excellent Martech strategy is considered too much of a technical maze for some, but it is fast becoming the way to improve the potential of a business. Martech, or marketing combined with technology, is the new way to take a business forward in today’s modern commercial world. Harnessing technology to improve and achieve new marketing goals is now being applied to major initiatives, efforts and tools in many business sectors as they are adapted to harness technology. With a broader and faster reach it’s a new marketing journey that is enhancing brands and reaching new target audiences. According to recent reports, there are currently around 7000+ technological marketing options (martech) out there to choose from which is quite a daunting number, particularly if you are unsure of all the technology at your disposal. More importantly evaluating exactly how it can benefit your business is a bigger conundrum.

Marketing managers are having to get to grips and be successful in a multichannel technological marketplace. That’s not just about doing the job, it’s also about guaranteeing success in an already fiercely competitive sector, so knowing which technical tools to use to build a brand is absolutely vital. Being able to understand a business from the inside is critical for external agencies - giving a customer a strong voice now is so much more than PR and advertising. Martech heartbeats are essential to keep a company at the highest competitive level. Understanding a company’s challenges and delivering the right marketing solutions is vital. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its capacity to learn and adapt so quickly means that marketing has an almost infinite reach through Martech developments. The pace at which we can allow it to grow is probably limited by human aspects as evaluation and benefits will always be high on the list of any company’s advancement.

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As the role of marketing changes it is now a good idea to evaluate the whole Martech approach to building a business that wants to keep pace and prepare for a technological future - know your markets and where they are heading. Is your Martech being developed to just make sales or is it tied in to the whole website/customer experience that will build a brand? Martech alone, irrespective of how quickly AI develops, cannot be the sole route to transforming a business and making it profitable. It remains a blend of tried and trusted methods that work for an individual company and its all important customers. The marketers you use need to be creative and quick thinking as they adapt to the technological advancements that are occurring right now as a business grows. Things, if anything, are about to pick up speed and marketing teams and the culture associated with strong campaigns must be prepared for the digital transformation that is happening so quickly today. Technology has its place in the marketing world as it enables faster communications but translating that into profitable business terms is essential to understand.

Adapting what we can learn from Martech is very important particularly if it involves customer experience. Being totally reliant on AI will not give a real identification of user needs as each one will be different, but developing systems and apps that can supply quotes or ordering solutions will give data that is useful when comparing brands in a specific marketplace. This new ‘big data’ technology and understanding its relevance is perhaps bewildering and there are certainly many that are confused by the rapid pace at which it is developing. Machine learning that can target specific audiences and the subsequent marketing communications will give data but may not necessarily help a business to truly understand what is really needed to succeed. The human element of the customer and what they are really looking for - otherwise known as the personal touch - is still incredibly important. So there is still very much a place for traditional marketing methods. Brand awareness still counts even if it is via an app on a smartphone. For any business it is easy to be overwhelmed by all the AI and associated technology and for a marketer it is necessary to be clear about what is needed for any campaign. Being able to understand what you can get from an app or new technical system can give a lot of automated support but should it be given overall control?

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CONSERVATORIES AND ORANGERIES STILL HAVE HUGE APPEAL

With so many consumers looking to invest in home extensions or renovations it is still very apparent that orangeries remain a premium aspirational investment. The look adds an alluring charm to most homes adding not only a touch of grandeur but also increasing the value of a home substantially. For years installers have recognised the potential of both conservatories and orangeries with both adding a striking visual finish to any home. They can be enjoyed as a room for relaxation every day of the year if so desired, and with improved energy efficiency and so many different styles and designs they are easily sold. In today’s constantly changing market place, installers continue to search for a way to provide something different from their competitors, and a striking orangery will always catch the eye of a wise homeowner.

Not only are orangeries really stunning extensions, but they can also enable builders to grow their reputations for quality installations. Typically homeowners looking to invest in a top end orangery will have the budget for premium installations and with the choice of bifold doors, or chic French doors the designs can be truly stunning. A guarantee of adding substantial value will always be attractive particularly in the current uncertain economic climate. For property owners who’ve retired then an investment in an orangery may prove more attractive as there may be more cash available for investment. With banks and savings not bringing in much of a return at the moment, this type of spend would seem appealing as a true return on investment.

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More and more companies are realizing, large structural projects can be installed quickly and efficiently without much disruption to the everyday running requirements of a business. Conservatories provide the most viable solution when extra space is required particularly when compared to traditional brick built extensions. A conservatory really does create a sense of splendour which adds to a special occasion or provides a soothing feeling of calm for spas or similar type clubs. Here there is opportunity to incorporate the style and thermal benefits of high performance roof glass; however, the larger the space the more demands on the glass being installed. For commercial projects the glazing really does sell itself particularly as occupants can be reassured of being continually comfortable when using a conservatory at any time of the year.

For installers this type of project is ideal summer work (weather permitting). Interest in orangeries continues to grow with investors gaining money back after installation as orangeries are considered a lucrative type of construction where profit margins are considerably high. Whilst conservatory installations for the domestic market continue to rise, businesses now also are adding glass rooms and facades to brighten and improve the working environment. Adding large conservatories or orangeries to commercial premises gives a building greater flexibility. The benefits of adding this type of extension is now popular across a broad sector of industries as customers can be entertained in luxurious surroundings that provide a relaxing environment. This appears to not just be confined to the typical arena of hotels and restaurants as conservatories and glass roofed rooms are also being installed as medical waiting rooms, areas in which people can exercise and reception areas.

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A SUCCESSFUL FIT SHOW FOR MORLEY GLASS’ FIRST EXPO

Attending the FIT show for Morley Glass proved a very positive arena with some invaluable insights gained in respect of market testing and future direction. The UK’s largest, specialist integral line manufacturer gained three full days of exposure to installers, buyers and builders from around the country, enabling the team to generate new leads and solicit some excellent feedback with the sector’s front line. This was the first exhibition of its kind that Morley Glass had committed to attending, with a desire not just to exhibit products but also to give others the chance to interact with the team and discover more about the advantages of the range. Interest was generated quickly with the meticulously designed stand encouraging visitors to stop, look and learn about why the Uniblind brand is so popular in both domestic and commercial sectors. For Ian Short, Managing Director, buyers and visitors give intelligent advice as they are at the coal face when it comes to consumer choices and market direction.

Ian comments, “Customers who visit shows know what is a best seller and why they want to invest - the FIT show gave the whole team a golden opportunity to demonstrate the merits of the Morley Glass range but also to discover what makes our products so attractive to the end user. Feedback is invaluable when you have invested substantial amounts in exhibiting.” Existing customers and new prospects flooded the stand at the NEC in Birmingham, where they discovered new options and why the lines are so popular. With a 70% UK market share it was evident that the high calibre standards associated with the brand make a real difference to customers’ profit margins and give them more scope to diversify their business. For Ian Short and the Morley Glass team, they could also network with professionals from the sector and exchange ideas. Designers, consultants and customers were eager to share thoughts on existing and future projects as the range provides so many options.

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The FIT show also gave the Morley team a chance to evaluate new trends and technology that will determine how consumers and architects will look to invest in the future. “When it comes to exhibitions and business planning we tend to think marathon and not 100 m sprint. Having the purchasing power for a larger space gave us more flexibility and we had a fixed idea about what we hoped the show would bring to Morley Glass as a company. With many leads generated, some of which we have converted already, we consider this has been money well spent on reinforcing the advantages of the products, services and people that make up this business,” Ian continues. “We had a clear and consistent plan for the FIT show which has proved successful and we achieved great results over the 3 days. For Morley Glass the investment in the exhibition has certainly paid off as the order book now shows.”

Morley Glass is the largest national specialist manufacturer of sealed and double glazed windows, doors, conservatory units and decorative glass, incorporating integral blinds. With a ten day lead time from receipt of order on any given Friday, the UniBlinds system has been designed for both domestic and commercial installations. Visit www.morleyglass.co.uk for more information or to discuss project requirements.

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CMS TRADE PUT CUSTOMER SERVICE FIRST WITH DOUBLE APPOINTMENT

CMS Trade has invested in providing the best customer service to trade installers with the appointment of sisters Lorraine Gray and Yvonne Tracey to handle all areas of pre-sales advice, estimating and post-sales order processing. The duo add a wealth of experience to the growing team, being the main points of call for customers of CMS Trade, who manufacture both Eurocell and REHAU PVCu windows and doors specifically for trade installers. The company recently opened a new 25,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art factory in East Kilbride to the south of Glasgow, enabling trade installers to fully access the technical expertise and recycling resources of award-winning company CMS Window Systems. Yvonne Tracey is the initial point of contact for CMS Trade customers to provide advice and quotations, ensuring installers have the full picture on the range of windows and doors available, including six standard colours, hardware choices and glazing upgrades Working closely with Yvonne is her sister Lorraine Gray. Lorraine brings a wealth of experience in the window and door industry, most recently gained with another trade supplier. Tasked with looking after the smooth processing and delivery of customer orders,

Lorraine will be responsible for everything post- sales to keep orders on track in line with promised lead times and making sure windows and doors are delivered as promised, right first time. Lorraine will also help installers to access CMS’s free recycling service, which enables customers to dispose of their old post-use windows and doors from previous jobs to help them save money on waste disposal costs. Colin Torley, General Manager of CMS Trade says: “We’re are really pleased to welcome Lorraine and Yvonne to the team, who, as sisters, have a great working rapport and a fantastic local knowledge. They know what it takes to give trade installers the best possible service and help us meet our goal to be Scotland’s most trusted trade window and door supplier. “If you are a trade installer in the Glasgow area, why not come and see for yourself what we are creating with CMS Trade? Our new factory is located at 6 Colvilles Place in East Kilbride (G75 0PZ) and our door is always open for you to take a look around and meet me, Lorraine and Yvonne.” Find out more at www.cmswindows.com/trade | call us on 01355 201921 | email us at trade@cmswindows.com

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CAMDEN GROUP WORKS WITH THE CARBON TRUST ON PRODUCT ACCREDITATION

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“Camden is committed to cutting our carbon footprint further, with plans to install a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system on the site, which is a highly efficient process that captures and utilises the heat that is a by-product of the electricity generation process. “More and more customers are asking the question about Camden’s sustainable product offering, the industry is changing, and Camden Group are best placed for this change. The Camden Group’s windows are a truly environmentally-sustainable low carbon offering for both installers and the consumers alike, who are more aware of the environmental impact of their buying decisions than ever before.” Camden Group’s windows also boast a 15-year guarantee which demonstrates the confidence of the product in the market. In-line with producing environmentally friendly products, the Camden Group is also manufacturing ThermocillTM,—an innovative new product which helps reduce energy bills. Made from 100% recycled plastic waste, ThermocillTM is aimed at the housing market and can be fitted retrospectively in any existing home or to new builds on windowsills, above radiators. The simple device redirects the rising heat, warming a room many times quicker and therefore saving on fuel bills.

The Camden Group, the market leader in manufacturing and supplying PVCu windows and doors in the UK, are working with the Carbon Trust to establish a ‘Carbon Trust Footprint Label’ accreditation on their A-rated windows. Carbon Trust Footprint Label certification will demonstrate Camden’s commitment to environmental sustainability to customers, employees and stakeholders. The project is headed up by Phillipe Pernstich and his team from the Carbon Trust have visited the company’s 42-acre site in Northern Ireland to find out about Camden’s environmental and manufacturing processes, including the on-site recycling plant. The plant currently recycles approximately 160 tonnes of old PVCu frames every week, that would normally go to landfill. The 80% of the recycled material is then used in the inner core of their own multichambered window profile called ‘Inliten’. The outer side of the profile is manufactured from only 20% virgin material – one of the lowest contents on the market today, which also ensures UV sustainability of the product. If successful, Camden will be able to place the universally recognised footprint label on all their window products later this year. Keith Rimmer, Group Commercial Manager at Camden Group said: “We are delighted to be working with the Carbon Trust team because we all have the same objective in-mind, which is protecting the environment.

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DGB TURNS 10!

Strictly speaking that particular milestone was achieved in March. I’ve only just got round to writing about the occasion! But yes, I can confirm that DGB is now ten years old. Quite remarkable for a scruffy little blogging site that was born on Google’s Blogger platform. I’m not going to drone on about this too much, as it doesn’t greatly affect anything anyone does in our industry, but I do want to use this post to take stock of the achievement. I have mentioned in the past that when I started doing this it was never my intention to turn DGB into what it is today. It began ten years ago as a space for me to have a bit of a rant and rave about the misgivings and frustrations I had about the industry I worked in. I saw Matthew Glover do it with his Renegade Conservatory Guy site, and I liked to write generally anyway. So I thought I would give it a go. NEVER PLANNED

I started on Google’s Blogger format. It was crude, but it was free, with a certain degree of design customisation. I started to write about the various things I found frustrating. The things I didn’t like. And that went on for quite a few months without getting noticed at all. That was until a mention on RCG got the ball rolling and the views started to come in. From there, the whole thing really has snowballed. Once the traffic started to build and I began to cover some of the major industry stories, it was suggested to me that I should begin advertising on there. It’s something I had never really done. I didn’t even know where to start. But I threw some numbers out there that I hoped companies would find affordable to pay to be on such a site, which wasn’t really like anything else. I remember UAP being the first company to advertise on DGB, to which I still very much appreciate. From there the client base grew and I have been lucky enough to make a bit of a living from doing something I still enjoy doing ten years on.

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So here I am now, ten years in. The site actually turned 10 years old in March of this year but with a house move, a NFA Winners Event and a baby coming I have only just got round to marking the milestone.

The one that has worked way better than I thought it would is DGB Jobs. This was my attempt at a jobs service for the window and door industry. A place for companies, free of charge, to post their live vacancies at their companies. I thought I might get a trickle, a steady stream at best. But at the time of writing I am happy to say that well over 370 jobs have been posted since it launched. That makes it one of the most used jobs services in the industry, at least online. As far as I know anyway! I have ideas to expand the service if I can, but there are some GDPR questions I have to answer first before I can roll any of those out. One that didn’t work was something called DGB Projects. It was my attempt to create something Dezeeney for the window industry. Companies could upload a portfolio of images from their most high-end work, for it to then be published online for readers to explore and take inspiration from. It started well at first, but that part of the site was so image heavy it slowed the whole thing right down. It was also very work-intensive for me, and keeping up with it just wasn’t feasible. So I shut that one down. It is something I would like to re-launch in the future, but not right now. Over the next year or so I have all sorts of things I would like to trial on DGB. Some of which could greatly expand it’s reach from outside the UK. The site has a decent readership from overseas, which is something I would like to explore further if I can.

A DECADE OF DIFFERENT

As the site grew into something more polished and relevant, I was determined to ensure that the way I go about reporting about our industry was different to everything else out there. I guess I would be classed as a blogger. Not sure I like that term, it a bit too millennial for me. But I’m not a trained journalist either. I have taught myself to write, at least in my own personal, up-front style. I’ll let you guys be the judge of how good it is! Although there are quite a few sponsors on here now, and all the PR that comes with, the site was built on my own individual analysis and opinions of topics and breaking news stories. That will always be the case. It will never become a site which just churns out the PR. We have that already, that’s not new. What I will do, as I always have done, is approach subjects that don’t get the coverage they should. I have always tried to do that in the past, to varying degrees of success, and hopefully it has brought into the spotlight issues which we should all be at least talking a bit more about. Hopefully DGB continues for another ten years. It might not look like it does now in ten years time, but hopefully I’ll still be able to cover topics on a near- daily basis in my own unique way.

FUTURE PLANS

I won’t go into too much detail about the ideas and plans I have for DGB in the coming months and years. That’s for me to know and you to find out in due time! I do like to trial new ideas on the site though. Most of them work, some don’t, and I’m happy to admit that.

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KEY STATS

3. The Enduring Issue Of Trickle Vents

You know I like my stats. Stats help tell a story. So here are some key ones that have amassed over the last ten years:

2. FENSA vs Certass: What’s The Difference?

1. Should We Still Be Using Silicone To Seal Windows And Doors?

• posts published (including this one): 3819

The reason why this is a list of posts only, is that both the home page on DGB, and the DGB Jobs page would have been included in this list, and would have knocked two posts out. I wanted to keep this a list just for articles and not pages. Obviously the home page is the leading page here, but impressively the DGB Jobs page is the 8th best page of all time on the site. Not bad for something I started not that long ago. I want to sign off by saying a big thanks to all those who have been a part of DGB for the past ten years. Thanks to everyone who has read something I have published. Thanks to everyone who has shared links on social media. Thanks to all my advertisers who have allowed me to make a living doing something I enjoy. Thanks to all those who took the time to comment on articles, there’s many of you! Without your participation, debate and support, this wouldn’t be worth doing. THANKS!

• comments published: 6238 – 584 of which are my own

• DGB Jobs posted: 371

• nearly 1.7m pages views

• over 1m visitors

• over 750k unique visitors

I have a few people following on social media too. Hopefully, so long as you guys keep coming back and bring more with you, I can build on those stats even quicker and beat these in quick time, certainly before the next decade is up!

ALL TIME TOP 10

From the 6000+ posts already published on DGB, these are the top 10 all time most read posts. This excludes pages, which I’ll elaborate on further down this article. Here we go:

So here’s to another ten years of doing what I do!

10. Safestyle Files Legal Claim Against Safeglaze

9. Floyd “Money” Mayweather Advertises For Love Windows

8. Secure By Design –What Is It All About?

7. 14 Reasons Why You Should Install Kömmerling uPVC Windows

6. SafeGlaze Enters Administration

5. Tackling The Trickle Vent Issue

4. The Top 10 Companies In The UK Window Industry

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NSG GROUP AND UBIQUITOUS ENERGY TO JOINTLY DEVELOP TRANSPARENT SOLAR WINDOWS

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON THE UBIQUITOUS ENERGY WEBSITE Redwood City, CA – NSG Group (Nippon Sheet Glass, Co. Ltd. ), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the architectural, automotive and technical glass sectors, has announced a joint development agreement between its subsidiary and Ubiquitous Energy, a leader in transparent solar technology. The ongoing joint development work targets the development, manufacture, and integration of Ubiquitous Energy’s ClearView Power™ technology into architectural window glass that has the potential to produce solar electricity for buildings. NSG’s participation includes ongoing research and development (R&D) and technical support. Ubiquitous Energy’s transparent solar coating, ClearView Power™, selectively absorbs and converts non-visible light (ultraviolet and infrared) to electricity while transmitting visible light. This

makes ClearView Power technology the only truly transparent solar product, allowing any surface to convert ambient light into useful electricity without impacting the way it looks. The transparent solar coating can be applied directly to architectural windows during the standard glass manufacturing process, allowing buildings to generate their own onsite renewable energy as part of the building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) market. Additionally, ClearView Power™ blocks infrared solar heat, improving the energy efficiency of buildings, which in combination with energy generation can lead to zero net energy buildings and beyond. “Having worked with Ubiquitous Energy for some time now, we have been impressed with ClearView Power’s differentiation amongst BIPV products and in particular its proven ability to meet the aesthetic demands of mass market glazing products that are acceptable to architects, designers, and occupants,” said Stephen Weidner, NSG Vice President Sales and Marketing Architectural and Technical Glass Products.

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ABOUT UBIQUITOUS ENERGY

“We have witnessed first-hand the company’s steady progress towards commercialization and we look forward to working together closely with Ubiquitous to bring this technology to the market.” “As we continue to build our ecosystem of partnerships across the glass industry, we are thrilled to work with NSG to help bring ClearView Power™ to market as part of the more than nine billion square meters per year of annual global glass production,” said Ubiquitous Energy CEO Keith Wilson. “NSG brings a wealth of unique knowledge to our development efforts as a global leader in advanced architectural window glass products that also has experience bringing BIPV products to market. We have hit a number of key milestones together over the past year and are excited to publicly announce this partnership.” glass and glazing products for the architectural, automotive industry and technical glass sectors. With around 27,000 employees, NSG Group has principal operations worldwide and sales in over 100 countries. Founded in 1918, the company was transformed in 2006 with the acquisition of Pilkington plc, itself a global leader in the glass industry and the inventor of the Float Glass process. The Pilkington name was retained as a brand for the Group’s architectural and automotive products. For more information, visit www.nsg.com. ABOUT NSG GROUP NSG Group (Nippon Sheet Glass, Co., Ltd.) is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of

Ubiquitous Energy is the world leader in transparent photovoltaics. Its award-winning ClearView Power™ technology is the first truly transparent solar product. ClearView Power™ harvests solar energy and serves as an invisible, onboard source of electricity for a variety of end products. The thin coating can be applied to the surface of window glass to provide electricity generation and energy efficiency. Originally spun out of MIT, Ubiquitous Energy is now producing its highly transparent, efficient solar cells in its pilot production facility in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ubiquitous.energy. I approached Ubiquitous Energy to ask if I could feature this story on DGB. They kindly replied and said that I could, and you can find a link to the original story on their website below. I chose to feature this particular story because we’re at a time in our sector where we need to be proving to the general public that our industry can go about it’s business in a sustainable way. You may remember a few years ago that clear solar cells were invented and we all got a bit excited about what could be done with them. At the time, whilst we were getting giddy about the possibilities, there was much to do to make it viable. A NEW PUSH

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So I then came across Ubiquitous Energy, a US company operating out of Silicone Valley who has been making a business out of Solar Windows for a while. This is how they describe themselves: Ubiquitous Energy is a Silicon Valley technology company leading the development of transparent photovoltaics with its award-winning ClearView Power™ technology—the world’s first truly transparent solar technology. Ubiquitous Energy is implementing its ClearView Power technology into a wide range of products as an invisible, onboard source of electricity. ClearView Power technology serves as an invisible, power-producing coating for windows to offset energy consumption in buildings or autonomously power electronic smart window functionality. True transparency is achieved by selectively transmitting light visible to the human eye, while converting invisible ultraviolet and near-infrared light into electricity. This allows these invisible films to be integrated directly into the surface of window glass without disrupting the view. Among other applications, ClearView Power technology can be applied to the display area of electronic products— including wearables, tablets, internet-of-things devices, and digital signage—generating electricity to power these devices.

They’re based in the US, but they’re getting help from NSG, owners of Pilkington. If all continues to go well, I don’t see why the tech can’t make its way across the Atlantic to the UK and European markets. The exciting thing here for me though is the possibilities this could have for smart tech for windows. In their description they talk about their technology being able to power smart tech via solar power generated through their product. Well, here in the UK we’re now getting stuck into smart tech for windows and doors, and I can already see a clear synergy here. Imagine the new Smart Ready tech being able to be powered by ClearView Power™. There’s real potential here. It would be great if some UK companies could take a look at this and try to connect a few dots and make something happen for the British sector.

Catch the original article on the Ubiquitous Energy website here: ubiquitous.energy/nsg

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BRISANT STRIDE AHEAD WITH ULTION WXM

The design of Ultion WXM has evolved to address the everincreasing pressure on euro-cylinders with new door styles and multi-point locking systems. Brisant Secure has the benefit of being jointly owned by the man that designed Ultion initially and he has the unique knowledge needed to ensure that Brisant keeps moving ahead, constantly responding to the market. The now two-part plug has increased engagement with a new curved cap and this entire section is moulded from molybdenum and not brass. This strengthening is then coupled with the thicker WXM key shape and composition. Improved drill protection has also been delivered and it still houses 20 anti-drill points, but the clutch is shielded with the molybdenum section of the plug. There are also two locking pins now, which fire into the body of the attack pin rather than across it. All the pins used in this area of the lock are made from hardened stainless steel 630. The thicker key has also enabled the Brisant team to remove the 5 passive top pins and introduce two additional pin lengths to lower the active pins, whilst concurrently increasing the apex differentials between the heights, making the lock harder to pick. The new pin heights produce in excess of 260,000 working differs, more than doubling the maximum requirement for the TS007 3 Star grade 6. Other products are being developed alongside WXM to help sell more doors and locks. Keylight is being introduced alongside the Keycap and Keyring product line, accommodating a battery, controller, LED light and thumb button. It is available in the full 10 colour combinations, including glow in the dark.

Not all product evolutions have to be focussed on increasing the price, WXM is stronger, thicker and does more, but is the same price. The current Ultion green box has been upgraded to a white design with an extra side. This enables Brisant to close and secure the box without the use of transparent sticky pads, enabling keyed-alike and master key Ultion’s that can be delivered in boxes that stay looking good. The point of sale clam pack is ideal for customers with shop and trade counters. Designed exclusively for Ultion, the pack grips any Ultion cylinder up to 55/55, three thicker keys, the guarantee card and the fixing screws. They can be hung from a point of sale display or be free standing on the counter. The included point of sale card clearly shows the benefits and accreditations carried by Ultion, while at the same time promoting the opportunity of having more doors Ultion protected and keyed alike. To find out more please visit www.brisant-secure.com or follow on Twitter @UltionLock.

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A NEW LOOK FOR AVANTEK MACHINERY

TIME FOR CHANGE

In line with Avantek Machinery's reputation for world class service and excellent customer support, the company is delighted to announce the launch of its brand new website –www.avantekmachinery.co.uk. Offering a more updated look and feel, the functionality of the new site is focused on offering a smooth experience for the user whilst showcasing Avantek’s state-of-the-art machinery ranges and providing fabricators with options which are designed to streamline production processes.

Launched just in time for the upcoming FIT Show, the Avantek Machinery website boasts a whole host of changes to benefit customers. Now with faster load speed, easier navigation and intelligent search function, the company's site is designed with the visitor in mind - and Digital Marketing Manager, Simone Sangha has spearheaded the change.

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Simone commented:

The new website has also had input from new Sales Director Jamie Munday, who said:

"The age-old adage of ‘If it isn't broke, don't fix it' couldn’t be further from the ethos at Avantek. Part of the Flamstead Group and the NYSE-listed Quanex Building Products, the company has a well-earned reputation of investing in all the right areas of the business – and its digital platform is no different. "We live in a truly digital age, where customers prefer to do their product research online before they commit to a decision, whether that’s research on the company itself, or on the various machines we offer. With this in mind, Avantek has revamped its site to provide excellent functionality, faster site speed and even intelligent suggestions for alternative machinery options. “To make it even more accessible for our customers - because we realise not every customer is sitting in an office - the site is, of course, mobile friendly. WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AVANTEK'S NEW WEBSITE The first thing we noticed from the new site is just how different it is aesthetically. Modern, dark and industrial, landing on the website the first impression is that this company is ‘cutting edge’. Diving deeper, the new site is much easier to navigate - there are multiple ways to find the machinery that you're looking for, from a search function to carousels. You can also filter by category, brand or type. For customers looking for more information about specific machines, the site includes a wide range of in-depth machinery videos, including an extensive video about the brand new URBAN Timberweld® welding and milling machines and process.

“I arrived at Avantek as the project was well underway, and I’m delighted with the results. For the modern sales team it’s important to have a website where customers can easily find the information they need, and the investment in the new site, especially the new machinery videos hosted on it, will be a huge benefit to the sales process. I’ll be able to show customers exactly what to expect from the machine they’re interested in simply by giving them a link to click, which will help by saving them time and giving them accurate information at their fingertips.” Simone concludes, "This is only the first phase of the release. We're excited about what is coming later this summer, and we're sure that our customers will be, too." See the new Avantek Machinery site for yourself at www.avantekmachinery.co.uk and keep your eyes peeled for phase two coming later this year.

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