Editor Brian Shillibeer says the fat lady hasn’t sung just yet when it comes to the Future Homes Standard as you can still contribute to the government’s consultation document – but the Tories only seen to have eyes and grants for heat pumps and not for windows and doors. Shillibeer says that just a modicum of common sense would see that a fabric first approach is still the best way to improve the energy performance of the UK’s building stock.
Marketing Column – Facing Up To The Fresh Fenestration Challenges
With chief economists predicting that the UK economy will remain weak in 2024, writes Andrew Scott CEO of the Purplex marketing agency, it’s no secret that the next 12 months will introduce some fresh challenges for the fenestration industry as he explains the marketing tactics and strategies that should be considered this year by trade suppliers and installers to grab the lion’s share of available business.
Technical Article – Mortified By Mortar Mess
I thought, in forty years of defective building works inspections, I had seen everything. Yet, writes Don Waterworth, The Installer's Technical Expert, I recently came across something that left me mortified and flabbergasted.
Solidor Launches New Smart Handles
While people were initially resistant to smart home technology – arguing that it was expensive, difficult to install and didn’t add enough value to their daily lives to warrant the cost and installation time – it’s clear that opinions have changed, writes Solidor’s Mark Young.
GGF Column - Starting The Trek To Find The Next Generation
Recently, I have seen federations, companies and training organisations pulling together to get our industry on the radar of younger people who will be the key to filling the skills gap now and in the future, writes John Mannell, a technical officer at the GGF with good news about some bespoke careers fairs.
2024 – Change, Challenges And New Opportunities
Richard Hall (pictured), MD of Reynaers Aluminium UK, looks ahead to what’s in store for the fenestration industry in 2024 as new legislation is expected to drive change through the introduction of the Building Safety Act and the build-up to the Future Homes Standard in 2025.
The Kate Ashley-Norman Wellbeing Column - Turning Disaster Into Opportunity