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GGP August 2013

NEWS Midland Heart housing association, consulted the local planning department and agreed a plan to fit bespoke aluminium windows that would meet the conservation criteria. RAD Window Services specified its thermally broken casement aluminium windows, which would not only meet the requirements needed to be in keeping with the area, but also provide an energy efficient solution for tenants. In addition, part of the building is overlooked by an office block which was a privacy concern for some tenants, so RAD put a reflective sheen on the glass. Global roof brochure ‘Hammer out’ rogue traders RAD Windows taken to heart Since RAD Window Services installed new windows for Midland Heart, one of the largest housing and care organisations in the UK, tenants feel a ‘big difference of more heat and more comfort,’ according to Sam Raddie, tenants committee member. Midland House, a 1960s style six storey block of flats in Leicester, was originally fitted with Crittal windows. Until recently, the building was thought to be in a conservation area, which left the 52 flats with draughty old windows in need of replacement. RAD Window Services, working on behalf of Derek Bonnard Award for Excellence Homeowners are losing confidence in British tradesmen, according to a warning today from TrustMark, the government endorsed quality mark for firms in the home repair, maintenance and improvement sector. It’s a concern for the government too, which recently launched its Industrial Strategy for Construction and which says the reputation of the domestic sector is important to the success of the construction industry overall and its ability to attract bright young people into jobs in the industry. TrustMark has commissioned new research into public perceptions of tradesmen. At first glance it seems that most people have a good impression – 71% of respondents felt their overall experience of using a tradesman was more positive than negative. When given a list of good and bad adjectives to describe tradesmen, the five most frequently used words were ‘skilled’, ‘hardworking’, ‘professional’, ‘helpful’ and ‘trustworthy’. However, almost a quarter say they have had an overall negative experience with tradesmen, and more than half of all respondents (52.5%) felt their perception of tradesmen had become more negative because of the ‘cowboy builder’ TV programmes. Liz Male, chairman of TrustMark, said: “The activities of rogue traders are tarnishing the reputation of British tradesmen, and this must stop. The government has committed to help us extend the TrustMark scheme, so that far more good local firms can get the TrustMark badge. We will be working with these firms, as well as government and industry and consumer advice groups, to boost customers’ confidence in the sector.” Key findings from TrustMark’s poll also revealed that almost 94% of people would have more confidence and trust in tradesmen if they had undergone a full vetting and inspection process to ensure their work met an industry standard. Synseal has published a technical brochure for its Global conservatory roof that will sit alongside the similar brochures in its recently launched technical folder, which is designed specifically for commercial specifiers and housebuilders. Mark Schlotel, Synseal’s head of marketing, said: “We have published a folder containing detailed information on all of our products so that they can be used as a specification and project design tool.” “This technical brochure brings all these elements together in an easy-to-read format, along with roof glass options and footprint design styles. “The brochure will help our customers present Synseal products in a professional manner, while allowing them to specify our products in the context of the whole design and build.” As entries open for the G13 Awards, Promac is once again delighted to show its support for the glass and glazing industry with the Derek Bonnard Award for Excellence, at the 10th annual celebration of top performance within the industry. This year’s winner will be following in the venerable footsteps of Lister Trade Frames, which last year scooped both Fabricator of the Year and the Derek Bonnard Award for Excellence. Joe Hague, Promac’s Group managing director explained: “This very special award was introduced in 2011 to honour the memory of our dearly departed MD, who was a very special man in the industry. The Award for Excellence recognises the best of the best from the winning entries, and the fact that it isn’t a category a business can enter, but that it’s awarded by the judging panel independently, makes it a fantastic coup for the winner. With trading conditions still challenging, any company who has endured the turmoil of the last few years should be proud to have survived. “The Derek Bonnard Award for Excellence will be presented to a business that has not only survived but thrived, proving itself the best in the field – and we look forward to sharing the celebrations on the evening.” 12 August 2013 Glass & Glazing Products


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