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Not so Green Deal

Homeowners will have to spend their Green Grant on Primary Measures first to quality for Secondary Measures such as double-glazing - and then double-glazing can only be used to replace single-glazing.

As any installer or fabricator will know, double-glazing has evolved at such a rate and now comes with energy ratings, that to eliminate old double glazing from the list of what can be upgraded is completely at odds with the Green Homes Grant Scheme. Although the Scheme is envisioned as providing a boost to home improvement sector, it's main aim is to upgrade the energy efficiency of up to 600,000 homes in order for the UK to meet its net zero carbon commitment to the Paris Agreement.


John Agnew


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Using consultancy to get ahead

Businesses need to be proactive in how they approach both internal and external engagement to ensure their survival, according to a panel of industry professionals from the world of consultancy.Representatives from Thissen Consulting, Perfect Circle, CPMG Architects, Dice Consulting and Box Property shared their insights and expertise about the value of client engagement consultancy as part of a sponsored CC Live webisode hosted by PR agency Cartwright Communications.


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Euromax 70 success

Yorkshire based window and door manufacturer Euramax is celebrating its 70-year anniversary. Incorporated in 1950 as a family run business, Euramax now employs 150 people, operates from a 205,000 square foot facility and manufactures over 3,000 products a week. Boasting an impressive number of firsts in its 70 years, the company has also witnessed the paradigm shift from cost-effective windows and doors to luxury, double-glazed materials.

Originally founded as Ellbee, the company’s journey began in Leeds, manufacturing aluminium window frames for narrowboats and the automobile industry before partnering with a glazing company to supply pre-glazed aluminium windows.

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Fensa Training re-launched

Responding to the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions imposed to curb the disease, FENSA has re-launched its FENSA Training Academy in partnership with Total Support Training. The scheme, which provides pathways to NVQ qualifications from Level 1 through to Level 7 in a variety of skills, in addition to a number of short courses covering a variety of glazing related subjects, is now available fully online, with no requirement to attend classes or examinations.


CMS appoints new GM


CMS Trade has strengthened its team with the appointment of Jim Walker as its new general manager.

With more than 15 years’ experience in the manufacture and installation of PVC-U windows and doors, Walker is well-known within the Scottish fenestration sector. In taking up the position of general manager, he will be instrumental in CMS Trade’s growth plans, ensuring the company’s developing reputation for quality

 REHAU and Eurocell products is maintained as the East Kilbride based business grows.


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Time to draw a line in the sand


Following yet another controversial glazing industry pre-pack administration, Gary Morton of the Boing Boing Group gives his take on the practise, and how the industry should respond.

Once, there was a real stigma attached to going bankrupt – and as a society, it’s good we’ve become a little more compassionate.

Sometimes, businesses fail through no direct fault of the people that own and run them, and those people deserve our understanding and support, if appropriate.

But it is also feasible for companies to take advantage of our collective generosity and goodwill.

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Positive step for accessibility

With recent changes making it compulsory for many commercial buildings to design changing places toilets for severely disabled people, Bureau Veritas has welcomed the move as “another positive step” for accessibility and inclusivity. From 21st January 2021, changing places facilities should be provided in a wide range of assembly type non-domestic buildings, applicable to new build and change of use projects according to a recent update to Part M of the building regulations. This includes current projects if they do not commence on site before 1st March 2021.


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