NFA MAGAZINE - JULY

DIGITAL MAGAZINE

Fenestration lead time survey

INSIDE:

FENEX VIDEO UPDATES

HEGLA & CLAYTON GLASS

MORLEY GLASS CROWDFUND

KOLORSEALS KOLORING KORNER

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TOP PERFORMANCE FROM VBH

FENESTRATION SURVEY

GREENTEQ FINGERPRINT PADLOCK

LINIAR UP FOR 3 AWARDS!

GQA SPONSOR FENEX CAREER FAIR

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CONTENTS

THIS MONTHS KEY ARTICLES

PAGE 08 MORLEY GLASS CROWDFUNDING Tornado strike and Pellini Blinds factory in Czech Republic.

PAGE 31 GOOD OLD FASHIONED SERVICE FROM MASTERFRAME Now is the perfect time to re-commit to offering good old fashioned service based on good old fashioned values.

PAGE 12 FENEX - Deceuninck CASE STUDY

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96.8% DELIVERY PERFORMANCE FROM VBH Hardware specialist VBH has released an update on the position regarding their ability to supply.

T o help better understand virtual exhibitions and how they work, we take a look at Deceuninck UK’s stand from our January mini-expo.

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Koloring Korner’, with Deborah Hendry, Managing Director at Kolorseal Colour Your Office Building to Match Your Brand!

HEGLA AND CLAYTON GLASS WORKING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE BEST QUALITY SOLUTIONS Clayton Glass has been proactive and reacted positively to the unprecedented times

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GQA QUALIFICATIONS HEADLINE SPONSORS OF FENEX RECRUITMENT DRIVE The recruitment drive is the first of it’s kind.

BRISANT APPOINTS NEW FINANCE DIRECTOR TO SUPPORT ONGOING GROWTH Brisant Secure has appointed a Finance Director, as part of the hardware house’s growth plan.

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CLIPPINGS & MUSINGS

It gets harder to understand those who don’t grasp marketing when they shout loudly, ‘…but every-one is online now. Everyone has a website!” Well that may be, but do they know how to grow the reputation of a business from it? The world is changing, and so is the way we are influenced.

Reactive social media is now very much a part of ‘doing business’. Being reactive to events as they happen is an integral part of marketing today for those that want to stay relevant and seen. If proactive social media isn’t a fundamental part of your marketing strategy, then talk to experts who can help you understand how to join the ever changing superhighway and stay there. Here is the thing - online presence is not doing anything for you if you don’t have a number of tools which are allied to a corporate website that help it get noticed by prospects. There are widespread problems occurring in media and advertising today, which we have all heard about. It’s rather like the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain, sapping marketing budgets rather than gaining more for the money that is spent. Brands can do better and lead the way by taking their fresh visions and making them stand out using graphics, videos or live streaming. Media, marketing and advertising face financial and accountable challenges now to regain trust and really revolutionise the way marketing campaigns are handled. Fake news, inaccurate statistics, a global pandemic, and questionable ethics are just some of the problems that now exist - they run deep and will be long-lasting. “Technopanics” seem to come in waves every time anyone challenges the ‘old ways’ - there is always someone feeling threatened or hating new methods

of technology as they don’t fully understand it, and it seems to undermine how things used to be when all things were “lovely through rose tinted spectacles.” Well, things do change and for those who didn’t see the technological revolution coming then it is time to learn from it. The Ever-changing Online Landscape Anyone believing a website will work with just a few link ups to social media, then it will be very frustrating to learn that the site and linked socials on their own, will not be enough to bring in new business. Digital marketing is constantly changing and as people grasp the benefits they will gain huge rewards from the innovations and adapting quickly to them. There is good news. There are copious amounts of information and technical gurus out there waiting to be incorporated into any business strategies. If you are prepared to listen to those that have invested a lot of time and effort into sculpting the digital world, then a business can truly rise above competitors and enjoy the successes from it. Integration Integrated marketing is the key and whilst there are a lot of voices shouting, listen to those who get you results. Those who get people talking about your brand. There are plenty of customers online who can be tempted with the right mix of digital magic; but these people will probably not find your corporate website if you haven’t got the social, SEO,

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optimisation and content right. If a company is hard to find online, then how can people be expected to buy from it? Social media, and active content marketing is essential today. Your visibility matters. Stay On Top Of Things Ensuring every page of a website has current content and latest news is vital, additionally this can be shared on social leads to backlink. Make sure you know what the search engines want to keep your company high on the list. Having relevant pages is important but equally significant is the time they take to load. Also, ensure that the site is mobile friendly - the technology is available and will ensure that a company looks efficient. People have extremely short attention spans, and they can easily grow impatient and leave a website if they cannot get where they want to be quickly. It generally only takes a few seconds before people move on. The page load time really matters. Reactive social media will increase a company’s loyal visitors while also making the chance of meeting new customers rise. Those looking for high performance levels, should link their website to social media feeds to gain ground cost effectively. Interacting and responding to comments and direct messages quickly will create positivity around the corporate brand and will demonstrate that as a company you are ‘up-to-the-minute.” Likewise linking into trending topics and including #hashtags will grow a corporate presence. Identify what your business has that can be linked to the hashtag of the day, week

or month and share something engaging with your audience. This shows you are focused and that’s on- brand reactive marketing. A recent article regarding social media marketing caught my eye - with effective, reactive marketing a highlight. One of the most memorable examples given related to the time when the England Rugby Team got through to the World Cup Final in 2019. British Airways had already got their act together by flying the team out on a plane called “Sweet Chariot”. This was swiftly followed up by a posting on the BA social media account, congratulating the team on their win into the Finals, with a graphic of a departure board showing the return flight from Japan as Delayed. …and we are still reading about it today! Nicely done, British Airways marketing.

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CROWDFUNDING FOR TORNADO STRIKE & PELLINI BLINDS FACTORY IN CZECH REPUBLIC

There was devastating news last week as a rare tornado in the Czech Republic struck the town of Hodonin.

Unfortunately, five lives were lost in the extreme weather incident, with more than 100 injured. The tornado also hit the CZ Pellini factory, causing massive damage. It is also reported that a number of workers have lost their homes in the devastation. On their website and social media, Morley Glass have provided the following statement: We are working closely with Pellini Italy to take the necessary steps to minimise the inevitable delays which will result from this disaster. We will keep you updated regarding deliveries and thank you for your patience during this time. The before and after pictures below demonstrate in tragic detail the scale of the damage the tornado wreaked on the town. A crowdfunding page has been set up to raise money for the town and people affected by this disaster. If you would like to contribute to the effort please follow the link: https://www.darujme.cz/projekt/1204937?locale=en The team at DGB, Fenestration Digital, FENEX and the National Fenestration Awards pass on their heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy, and to all those who have lost their homes and their jobs.

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It is with certainty that we know the entire UK fenestration sector will want to wish Pellini CZ and the employees and staff affected the very best in the days and weeks to come, and know that they will come back stronger than before and ensure the town of Hodonin prospers once again.

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LINIAR SHORTLISTED FOR THREE AWARDS

A leader in the fenestration industry, Derbyshire manufacturing company Liniar was delighted to discover it’s been shortlisted in this year’s annual East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Derbyshire. Not in one category, but in three: Excellence in Innovation, Community Impact and Environmental Impact! “Being shortlisted for these awards is a huge honour and well-deserved recognition for everyone across our business – especially after the last 18 months, which have been challenging for us all,” comments Group Managing Director Martin Thurley. “These three categories are especially gratifying, as Innovation, Community and Sustainability are amongst the very foundations of our company ethos. To be chosen as finalists by the judging panel really does mean a lot!” Excellence in Innovation This award recognised companies which have used innovation to strengthen their overall operations – thinking outside the box while doing it. While Liniar’s new product development pipeline usually results in innovative products for the construction industry, the shortlisted entry highlights the development of a protective face shield and the work its teams carried out in order to donate thousands to key workers as the COVID-19 pandemic reached crisis point in the UK. “Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Liniar – so what better than to use innovation to help those who need it most?” explains Design & Development Director Chris Armes. Community Impact The Community Impact award shortlisted businesses which have gone above and beyond in their efforts to help those within their area. For Liniar, that work not only includes its PPE project, but also regular initiatives to raise money or collect items for impoverished groups within the community.

“From joining ‘Investors in Community’ this year to continuing to add initiatives to our community planner, Liniar is delighted to be able to help those around us any way that we can. I hope that our efforts inspire other businesses to get involved,” says Sue Davenport, Group Marketing Director. Environmental Impact This award shortlisted companies that put environmental sustainability at the core of their business. Liniar is delighted to be listed next to such prominent businesses as Derby City Council and MVIS for an award that means so much, not only to the team, but to the planet. For several years, Liniar has worked tirelessly to lower its carbon emissions and be a much greener company. In its most recent ISO 14001 audit, the company announced it had beaten its Climate Change Agreement target by over 54% and saved 20,400 tonnes of CO2. “Sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment are things we’re incredibly passionate about at Liniar,” says Martin, “We review sustainability all the way through our supply chain and have many more initiatives in the pipeline.” The 2021 Annual East Midlands Business Awards (Derbyshire) winners will be announced this November. See the full list of shortlisted businesses by visiting - www.emc-dnl.co.uk/businessawards2021/derbyshire/. To learn more about Liniar, visit www.liniar.co.uk/about.

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FENEX VIDEO UPDATES

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FENEX2021 - The Virtual Expo: www.fenex.co.uk enquiries@fenex.co.uk @FENEX_2021

FENEX VIRTUAL PUB WITH JASON AND LEE! Join us for industry chat and much more.

Deceuninck CASE STUDY To help better understand virtual exhibitions and how they work, we take a look at Deceuninck UK’s stand from our January mini-expo. Deceuninck cleverly use virtual tours, links and graphics to invite visitors on their stand to interact with them further. Each component on the stand identifies a different unique selling point - appealing to every possible type of visitor. With extremely strong branding and visitor experience at the forefront of their design, the Deceuninck stand was one not to be missed!

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32 YEARS OF SASH WINDOW EXPERIENCE – AND WE’RE READY FOR ANOTHER

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BUILDINGPROJECTS MAYHAVETOBE PUTONHOLD

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The Federation of Master Builders has been reported as saying that some building firms could be forced to delay projects due to the shortage of building materials. This could also put smaller companies in jeopardy. With top quality customer service placed above any other business metric, this will undoubtedly affect many, with bottom lines hit hard. The unprecedented levels of demand, caused by consumers looking to renovate during the pandemic, at the moment are set to continue. This will leave many building projects in doubt and companies under huge pressure to fulfil schedules. Yet, without the materials there would seem to be no way forward. Homeowners are being advised to delay home improvements for a few months to allow time to catch up. No-one wants to wait until they are living in a building site before realising that it could take 6 - 12 months longer to finish their project that should have taken only a few months. Of course, the rise in prices will have a knock-on effect, with home renovation now becoming beyond some people’s reach financially. Some have been quoted double the price to renovate small bath-rooms or extensions. Many builders and installers state that the problems are getting worse due to the materials shortage and lack of skilled workers. Either the cost of the materials is proving too expensive or not available for consumers. Added to that are the higher labour costs which put people off making the investments. Currently, prices appear to have risen 10-15% on average, while the Office for National Statistics has reported that there has been a general increase of 7-8% in material prices. For some products such as timber, prices are expected to continue rising for the duration of the year. As smaller building companies are not in the position to stockpile products or plan too far ahead, there is a need to support recovery from the pandemic in some way, to

ensure that they can rely upon merchants to supply them when it’s needed. Educating consumers is essential so that they are aware of the delays caused by shortage of materials. We are beginning to see light with this as the news on main stream channels is starting to advise about shortages that will occur during the summer. This is a huge challenge caused by global demand, the Suez backlog and import delays due to the Indian pandemic crisis. Currently, we have to sit and suffer the higher cost of materials, for now. People are beginning to realise that delays will be inevitable and will defer their projects until all resources are more accessible and more affordable. Let’s hope this does not affect the ‘Help To Build’ scheme too much. In the time of generation X beginning to look at first homes or DIY projects, the idea of must have right now is simply impossible, for many reasons. This industry is innovative however, and has pulled together before to get through a crisis - here’s to hoping.

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GREENTEQ MIRAGE FINGERPRINT PADLOCK

Forget about keeping a key for your padlocks. Mirage is a robust short shackle padlock that uses fingerprint recognition rather than a key for locking and unlocking. Operation is very quick with an average recognition time of half a second. As well as the convenience of not needing a key, Mirage can be programmed with up to 20 fingerprints so is ideal in situations where many users need access. Power is provided by a simple charge via a USB socket that is protected by a rubber cover when not in use. Depending on how often the padlock is used, a single charge will typically last for approximately 200 days. When the charge is running low a beep will sound. An LED around the fingerprint pad will also illuminate. Setting up users is very simple, without the need to connect to a computer. The first three users to be

set up are classed as Admins. An Admin is then required to set up further users. All users can be easily deleted by an Admin, using the setting needle provided. Full instructions are provided with each product. Benefits at a glance: • Keyless convenience • Up to 20 individual users • Strong, yet compact (88 x 55 x 25mm) • Choice of attractive finishes • Approximately 200 days normal use on a single charge • Low charge notification • Supplied in attractive packaging for onward selling VBH Order Codes 7QSM2004 MIRAGE SHORT SHACKLE PADLOCK – BLACK 9005 7QSM2006 MIRAGE SHORT SHACKLE PADLOCK – POLISHED CHROME

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KOLORING KORNER Colour Your Office Building to Match Your Brand! People spend a vast amount of time and money working on their corporate brand with marketing teams, designers and sign writers all a huge part of the final process. This is one of the largest and best places to advertise a product that is made by a company. It is not only large businesses that can create and maintain their colour brand throughout a building. SMEs and start ups can also reflect the high standards they offer by simply altering the colour of the entrance to match the corporate logo. Composite doors make a bold statement when they really stand out.

Thinking carefully about the colours that have been used in the corporate brand, this will play a vital role when thinking of the right colour to use on windows, doors and composite doors. Deborah continues, “Getting the colour balance right is critical and often brighter colours can really add something special that will stand out. The design, size and location of an office and manufacturing facilities is very important when choosing external colours. Making sure that the colour is right and doesn’t clash with any neighbouring properties will really impact the message conveyed to anyone entering or passing by the building. It will also really help to make a company stand out from its competitors.” For any renovation or new build commercial projects that require tailored colour coating, the Kolorseal team can help and advise companies on the best colours from a corporate logo to make the right impression. Deborah concludes, “As colour experts, we can help people make the right choices that will best rep- resent their business.” For more information on the Kolorseal portfolio of colours and products, please visit the website www.kolorseal.co.uk. Anyone wishing to discuss corporate colours for business premises please call Deborah Hendry on 01924 454856

For fabricators the doors and windows will no doubt be covered in the products manufactured there; however those also symbolise the corporate branding that has taken so much time to create. Deborah Hendry, Managing Director at Kolorseal Ltd, believes that colour coating to match a brand image reinforces the quality of the products that are manufactured. External products coated with corporate colours create a memorable and lasting impression on visitors. Deborah comments, “An office building is the best advertising board for a business. Bringing in col- ours from the logo will portray a strong message and shows what a company can offer to its customers. Just as with people, the subconscious mind makes fast judgements and in business it is vital to get the colour balance right. Your business brand is a reflection of your products and service, so first impressions count and customers will make a decision in the first few seconds of visiting your company.” Many times the decision to return to a business will depend on the look and feel that is achieved after the first visit. This demonstrates how important it is to consider colour coating windows and doors to match the business brand.

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GQAQUALIFICATIONS ANNOUNCEDAS HEADLINE SPONSORS OF FENEX RECRUITMENTDRIVE

FENEX, the UK fenestration sector’s first virtual exhibition platform, is pleased to announce that GQA Qualifications are to be the headline sponsors of the dedicated recruitment drive at the main event in September. GQA Qualification will also be partnering with Building Our Skills, the fenestration sector’s primary campaigning organisation, created to turn the tide on the skills gap and promote the fenestration industry to those looking to join the industry for the first time, or to change careers. FENEX announced earlier in the year that the expo will hold the industry’s first recruitment at the September main event in an effort to help the industry find youth and new recruits to plug the skills gap which has become ever more acute during this period of extreme demand. The recruitment drive, which aims to being together a coalition of trade bodies, recruitment agencies, training centres and more, is the first of it’s kind and FENEX welcomes any person or business that wishes to contribute to this effort. Co-founder of FENEX, Jason Grafton-Holt, said: “GQA Qualifications are quite simply the biggest in the sector when it comes to qualifications and are committed to raising standards across all areas of the industry. They are central to the future of the sector, given their immense network of approved centres and lead the way by some distance in terms of qualifications in the fenestration industry. They are the perfect headline sponsor of our recruitment drive this year and we very much look forward to working with them to hopefully bring some fresh new talent to our booming sector.” Mick Clayton, CEO of GQA Qualifications, commented: “it’s great to see FENEX being proactive in this area. The fenestration sector has long suffered from a skills shortage, and the bounce-back in business we have seen since last year has made

that more acute than ever. The recruitment drive for us was something we naturally wanted to support and it’s fantastic to see FENEX take a leading role on this.” John Ogilvie, Ambassador for Building Our Skills, said: “it’s great to be working with FENEX

on this project. They are more than just pledging support, but putting their words into actions and doing what they can to fill the many gaps our sector has. Building Our Skills will be working hard with FENEX over the coming months to ensure that the recruitment drive in September is as successful as possible.” GQA Qualification will also be exhibiting at the show and will be on hand to speak to both people and companies who are interested in helping themselves and their businesses by boosting the number of people who are formally qualified in a variety of job roles within the fenestration supply chain. Recruitment and the skills gap is one of the most pressing issues the fenestration sector has right now and FENEX is determined to do what it can to help turn that tide. To find out more about the FENEX recruitment drive, or to exhibit at the main event, visit www.fenex.co.uk or follow on social media to keep up to date with the latest news and announcements from the virtual expo. Web: www.fenex.co.uk/attend FENEX Main Event: Weds 8th Sept – Sat 11th Sept 2021 www.fenestrationawards.co.uk

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£5BN IN FOUR YEARS TO UPGRADE UNDER PERFORMING HOMES

Estimates drawn up by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) show that it would cost the UK Government £5bn over the next four years to renovate and upgrade some of the UK’s most inefficient and draughty homes. This report comes as the dust has now settled after the latest Green Homes Grant scheme whimpered away. Fenestration’s role to play In their report, which is covered in The Guardian, they claim that 100,000 jobs could be created, would bring in extra revenues for the Government and cut people’s energy bills. The UK doesn’t perform well when it comes to the energy efficiency of homes. They are some of the worst-performing in Europe and emit nearly 20% of the UK carbon output per year. If the Government is to meet their own self-imposed carbon targets, then this is an area that is going to need addressing and fast. To retrofit the leakiest homes around the country would be a huge undertaking. Measures would include replacing gas-powered boilers with heat pumps or hydrogen alternatives, replacement windows and doors, cavity insulation, wall insulation, loft insulation and so on. I’m not clear the exact number of homes that are classed as the worst-performing, but the estimate of £5bn doesn’t feel like enough. Over the past year, the cost of goods and labour have shot through the

roof. The fenestration sector knows this as much as any other sector, with almost weekly price increases for months. The amount of money estimated to be needed feels short of the mark. There is also the issue of finding the people to do this work. In a report out a couple of weeks ago it was estimated that the construction sector needed 217,000 new workers in four years to be able to meet the needs of the construction sector. So whilst claiming this retrofit effort will create 100,000, it’s very clear that there are not enough people to fill the roles required. The idea of finding more than 200,000 new workers in the construction sector in just four years is simply not going to happen. Green Homes Grant 2.0? As the Green Homes Grant was being shut down with a whimper earlier on in the year, there were rumours that there could be another scheme coming later on in 2021 to replace it. If so, there is going to need to be a hell of a lot learned to make sure that any new scheme is far more successful than previous incarnations. Simply, any scheme that is designed to encourage homeowners to apply for grants, and for companies to volunteer to be part of the network, needs to be as simple and reliable as possible. The last time around, companies were being delayed for payments for months, there were very few companies signed up to undertake the work, which meant those homeowners looking to have work done were unable to find enough businesses willing to quote. Add this to the fact that most sectors covered by the Green Homes

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Grant were booming already and didn’t need any extra work. Our sector being a good example of that. Any new scheme needs to be easy to join, with guarantees on being paid in a reasonable time. It should not be outsourced to a foreign company to manage as it’s likely they will have no synergy with the sectors they would be working with, and homeowners need to be sure that if they are going to apply to a new scheme there will be plenty of companies available to actually do the work. The fact of the matter is that the existing buying methods of energy-efficient products are the most

effective. Any new infrastructure designed to boost the purchasing of home improvement and energy- efficient products needs to run alongside these existing purchasing routes. Schemes that require companies to jump through hoops at a time when the entire construction sector is buckling under demand is going are going to fail time after time. The government would be best advised to speak to companies actually doing work on the ground. You get the sense that whenever these sorts of schemes are dreamed up there is very little listening done to the people and companies who would actually do the work in these schemes.

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TIME RUNNING OUT ON PART L FOR ALUMINIUM FABRICATORS

Manufacturers of aluminium windows and doors could find all or part of their product offer falls short of proposed changes to building regulations – effectively locking them out of the market within the matter of months. The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is expected to publish new standards for energy efficiency in the autumn. This, according to Deceuninck Aluminium, creates a ticking time bomb for manufacturers of less energy efficient systems, who could be left high and dry when the new and more stringent requirements come into force. “We’re not over playing this when we say it could lock some fabricators, or at the very least some of the products that they manufacture, out of the market”, stated Nigel Headford, Director, Deceuninck Aluminium. “There are a lot of aluminium products which as it stands only just scrape in under Part L energy requirements. “If Part L now goes to u-values of 1.4W/m2K, some older systems aren’t going to make the grade and fabricators could find that something that they have supplied for a decade falls short, excluding it from the market almost overnight.”

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A revision of Parts L and F of building regulations is expected in October as part of the new Future Homes Standard. Although the detail is still to be published, consultation documents proposed a tightening of standards, introducing a new minimum u-values for windows of 1.4W/m2K from the existing 1.6W/m2K. For doors the step change is even greater, with the same new u-value of 1.4W/m2K but from the pre- existing 1.8W/m2K. “There are aluminium bi-fold and inline sliding systems out there that struggle to achieve a u-value of 1.6W/m2K. You can maybe bump up your glass spec but it’s going to make to your product uncompetitive”, continued Nigel. “If things move to 1.4W/m2K, systems companies are either going to have to move exceptionally quickly to redesign their products, or fabricators are going to have to switch suppliers.” Consultation on the Future Homes Standard closed in January this year. Although the time frame has potential to slip, the MHCLG is expected to release its revision of Part L in October, coming into effect in April 2022. Driven by the UK’s pledge to cut carbon emissions, including improving the energy efficiency of existing

and new homes, proposals set out in the consultation document suggest a significant step change will be required across a wide range of building products, including windows and doors. Launched at the beginning of 2020, Decalu by Deceuninck Aluminium, is an ultra-energy efficient window and door offer. This includes the Decalu88 bi-folding door, which achieves u-values as low as 0.68W/m2K; the Decalu163 lift and slide, which hits u-values as low as 0.8 W/m2K and the Decalu101 Scand, which offers U-values as low as 0.89W/m2k. “There are lots of other reasons to manufacture or fit our products, manufacturing efficiencies of 30-40% over other premium systems; co-extruded pre- inserted gasket; dual, textured and marine grade finishes as standard. And masses of end user and trade appeal”, Nigel said. “That’s important but being able to meet and significantly exceed current and future building regulations is critical. As a fabricator, right now, I’d be asking some pretty serious questions of my aluminium systems supplier.” For more information call 01249 816 969, email deceuninck.ltd@deceuninck.com or visit www.deceuninck.co.uk

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MORLEYGLASS & GLAZING MAKESMILESTONE DONATIONWITH GREENVISION FUND

Morley Glass and Glazing has made its 10th donation to local sustainable projects with its GreenVision Fund. The integral blind company’s generous fund uses money generated by the CRUSH recycling scheme to benefit local communities and the environment. Each donation of up to £500 helps community groups or schools that wish to create green spaces or sustainable projects to bring their ideas into fruition. The 10th beneficiary is Flourishing Families Leeds, which works to combat food poverty/poor nutrition, supports family literacy and helps tackle the challenges faced by primary school-aged children living in deprivation through activity-based mentoring. Richard Colbrook from Flourishing Families said: “Thanks to the donation from Morley Glass, our online family cookery clubs have hit 100% repeatability. In other words, every family taking part have gone on to repeating the recipes so that they have become a regular part of their family meals. This means that we really are changing the diets of families and, because the meals are affordable, now have a sustainable and reproducible way of overcoming food poverty. I’m normally pretty excited with our results (!) but this one has taken excitement levels through the roof. It is hugely significant.” Flourishing Families joins previous recipients from the local area including Longroyde Primary School, Incredible Edible Kippax and CATCH Leeds. The CRUSH scheme that facilitates the GreenVision fund is an initiative between Morley Glass and Saint-Gobain Glass, where post-consumer glass is brought back to the Morley factory and crushed into cullet. Saint-Gobain Glass then pays for the bags of cullet and recycles it, using it in the manufacture of

new float glass. 100% of this payment goes to the GreenVision fund. The process dramatically helps the environment, and since the scheme started I early 2020 it has saved 158,000kg of CO2 from entering the atmosphere and 450,000kg of virgin sand, and saved enough energy to power a home for 264 years*. Ian Short, Managing Director at Morley Glass & Glazing, said: “Sustainability is at the core of our business values, and it is great to give something back to local communities whilst also benefiting the environment. The 10th donation is a gratifying milestone, and we hope for many more.” If you wish to apply for a GreenVision donation, please send your request to greenvision@morley.co.uk Find out more about the fund and the projects it has supported here: www.morleyglass.co.uk/glass-recycling-leeds/

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UK REQUIRES 217,000 NEW CONSTRUCTIONWORKER IN FOURYEARS

Just as the fenestration and construction sectors continue to battle chronic supply issues, a new report out in the last few weeks has said that UK construction needs a whopping 217,000 new workers by just 2025. As the country seeks to boost infrastructure projects and house building, the skills gap in the entire construction sector is becoming ever more clear. Construction worker shortage The fenestration sector knows this all too well. Indeed, during this exceptional period of high demand, our industry is struggling to find the people it needs to be able to facilitate growth properly. As it is, companies are being held back from maximising their growth potential. In construction, it appears to be the same. There is a shortage of workers in a wide variety of areas, and that shortage is going to become more acute as larger infrastructure and mass home retrofit projects take off. The reality is that as bigger projects fire up and more mass-market activity builds, there are going to be delays to these getting finished due to a lack of labour. We’re already seeing this, with some construction sites having to pause work for a number of reasons, including not having enough of the right people on sites, as well as material shortages. Delays to projects and home renovations and new- builds are going to hold back the recovery and will limit how far the bounce-back can go. This is far from ideal as there is a huge demand for new homes to help a large part of a whole generation of people unable to get on the housing ladder. The problem is, there is no clear way to see how the construction sector and indeed the fenestration sector

are going to be able to attract the people needed to meet demand over the next few years. Where will they come from? We have long known about the lack of workers in our sector and construction. It’s an issue known for well over a decade. With school-leavers ushered to universities and trades willingly ignored by successive governments for a good thirty years, we are now well short on all the vital people we need to build the very things this country needs to be able to progress.

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rewarding and enjoyable, so long as you put the effort in. In time, the financial benefits will more than pay off that effort put in at the start. You only need to go on the Facebook forums to see what some companies are offering to get people to work for them. It’s not clear though where we’re going to find the people we all need. Some workers from the EU have gone back home following Brexit. 1.5m remain on furlough, so there is likely little motivation there if people are being paid to stay at home. The image of construction and fenestration requires improvement. Apprenticeship take-up remains low. There are plenty of school-leavers out there, and lots looking for a career change, but for a variety of reasons, they’re not looking in our direction. Efforts from individual sectors are trying to turn the tide and attract more young people towards our part of the economy, but its slow progress and the lure of other jobs or continued education at university means that we continue to run a labour deficit. If we are to have any hope of recruiting the people we all need in the vast numbers required it’s probably going to take government intervention to help do that. The issue for me is that the education system continues to be heavily weighed in favour of universities. Secondary schools have incentives to send as many pupils as possible. So whilst that is the case, they’re likely to never look at offering kids an alternative seriously. The tragedy is, there will be a percentage of kids being told to go to uni, even though they may not be right for that route and would be better suited to something a bit more hands-on, like a trade. Until some balance can be restored within the education system, I think we’re up against an almost impossible fight.

Sadly, becoming a builder, a window fitter, plasterer or roofer is no longer seen as a viable career. Yet, the demand for these roles has never been more acute, so surely this is a stereotype that needs to be eradicated and done so quickly. The reality is that tradespeople who are in high demand at the moment are also earning some very good money. Perhaps that is something that needs to be communicated to younger people still wondering what path to take in life. Building homes, being part of a larger project, fitting windows and doors can be

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32 YEARS OF SASH WINDOW EXPERIENCE – AND WE’RE READY FOR ANOTHER

This might be the very first time you are considering changing your sash window supplier. Or, perhaps you just want to try an alternative award winning sash window specialist to offer your customers a wider choice. Either way, we would like to help you to increase your VS sales. With 32 years focussed on manufacturing high quality timber alternative sash windows, we are true specialists and confident that our products will impress your customers. We have also earned a sound reputation for always providing an exceptional level of personal service and our entire team are committed to delivering this. Our new specification launched in 2019 featuring exclusive new Masterframe Systems, standard with patented Timberweld ® technology and we would welcome the opportunity to take you through the improved product offering and delighted to quote. No matter the size or design of a home or project, if sash windows are required then we can help. If a specialist solution is needed for a conservation area, modern development, school or historic building our sash windows add the right amount of authentic styling to either fit seamlessly into original settings or set the property apart from other new developments.

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To see the choices, including patented Timberweld ® corner design, download our new brochures here. Some of the advantages we offer as standard: 10 year guarantee for peace of mind Made in Britain for continuity BBA Approval on standard window sizes for longevity Energy Savings Trust recommended for energy efficiency Specialist solutions for challenging projects that require matching new to original designs Free and safe UK mainland delivery Quotes with non-priced customer proposal CAD drawings where required Expert technical support Free 47 page professional conservation guide Free product training Call our friendly sales team on 01376 510410 or email for a quote here.

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GOOD OLD FASHIONED SERVICE FROM MASTERFRAME FOR 2021 AND BEYOND

At Masterframe, we not only offer multi-award winning sash windows but strive to ensure that our customer service complements the quality of our products. We believe that in this past year, we have emerged from the pandemic with more of a connection to what is important. Now is the perfect time to re-commit to offering good old fashioned service based on good old fashioned values. Carol Slade, Managing Director for Masterframe Windows says “It is not enough for us to make a sale; we want to connect with our customers in a meaningful way. We hope to be considered partners that understand their business aspirations and behave with integrity and empathy at all times. Our customer’s success is our success and we are with them every step of the journey to the sale and beyond. Equally, our customer’s concerns are also our concerns. Nothing goes smoothly all the time, in life or in business and when things do not, we are committed to putting it right. The world is rapidly changing but the basic old fashioned rules still apply. It is our mission to treat every customer the way we would expect to be treated when making a very special investment. The team at Masterframe all buy into this ethos and intend to be even more customer focussed now and in the future.” In line with above, Masterframe offers the following services as standard: – Expert technical support and a dedicated Technical & Compliance Director who is on hand to work on bespoke solutions where required and to provide insights and advice on new regulations as they arise.

Product training by brand experts who have in- depth, detailed knowledge on every last feature that has been engineered into beautiful Masterframe sash windows to give them the edge both in authenticity and performance. Quotes turned around in 24 – 48 hours accompanied by a customised proposal so that Masterframe customers can be first in line with their quotation. CAD drawings where necessary to assist in securing an order or project. Dedicated and highly focussed Customer Care team including two experienced factory trained Quality Control Engineers who receive many glowing testimonials for their exemplary service. The team work hard to resolve any issues as soon as possible with the least possible disruption so that a positive outcome is achieved. To find out more about how Masterframe can assist you in increasing your sash window sales, call the friendly sales team on 01376 510 410 or visit the dedicated trade website at www.masterframetrade. co.uk

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THERMOSEAL GROUP TO SPONSOR THE G21 AWARDS CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION

Thermoseal Group will again sponsor the Glass and Glazing Industry’s G-Awards Champagne Reception, hosted at the prestigious London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel.

The Champagne Reception precedes the highly acclaimed G-Awards Gala Dinner presentation evening which, this year falls on Friday 26th November 2021. The G-Awards is the industry’s most established awards event when the best performing businesses are presented with esteemed awards for demonstrating exceptional standards within the year preceding entry. It is also a great opportunity to sit back and enjoy a fun evening of great entertainment with some of the key influencers from across the window industry. As the UK’s leading manufacturer of warm edge spacer systems – Thermobar and Thermoflex – and leading supplier to the insulated glass (IG) industry, Thermoseal Group’s representatives will join co- sponsors Emplas in welcoming attendees and keep the champagne flowing as an introduction to the evening. Managing Director Gwain Paterson, tells us: “Having sponsored this event for 11 years now, I wonder where all that time has gone? Whilst we have been growing and developing, we have seen the G-Awards grow in success to the valued event it has become to date. Congratulations to Tony Higgin and his team for making it a key event in the industry calendar and one that we all look forward to.

distribute warm edge spacers and fittings to the UK and export markets, let alone the multitude of challenges we have all seen over the past 18 months. So, more than ever, we are really looking forward to joining our colleagues and industry friends in raising a glass to those short-listed for an award. This year, we will also raise a glass to everyone in the window industry who has worked so hard in the face of the recent adversity. “My best wishes go to those entering the G21 Awards and I’d like to say thank you to all of those across the glass and glazing industry who have supported Thermoseal Group over the years. I look forward to celebrating with you on the evening.” There is no charge to enter the G21 Awards, which are independently judged by a panel of experts. The closing deadline for entries is 16 July 2021 which must be submitted at www.g-awards.com. Finalists will be announced in September. Contact Thermoseal Group on 0845 331 3950 or Intl: +44 (0) 121 331 3950. Alternatively, visit www.thermosealgroup.com or e-mail us on sales@thermosealgroup.com.

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