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GGP August 2015

31 FENSA NEWS Pay as you go FENSA Pay As You Go (PAYG) is the new, cost effective variation of the original FENSA scheme designed for companies who do very few replacement glazing installations each year. PAYG registered companies’ do not have to issue IBGs for every job and staff do not need MTC cards. Mark Brown, of Grantchester Construction (Eastern), explains how We are a construction company, based in Cambridgeshire, that undertakes work on private and social housing projects, all of which involves replacing glazing. FENSA brand and certificate The majority of our work comes under our building contract which goes through the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) process but we are FENSA certified because we still undertake private work in dwellings, plus housing associations, insurance companies and solicitors all trust the FENSA brand and ask for it. No IBGs or MTCs! We first heard about FENSA PAYG when we were trying to sort out our insurance backed guarantee policy. As we had a large job coming up, we couldn’t afford to lose the contract by not being able to register the job with FENSA, so our solution was to immediately switch to FENSA PAYG. Joining was simple The whole process was quick, simple and hassle free. We previously passed the transition inspection so didn’t have to worry about the certification inspection. We made a phone call to FENSA, completed a transfer form and it was completed within days. Why FENSA PAYG? Everything is simple and every job is automatically taken care of. You don’t have to worry about the details – just register the job on the FENSA website, the inspector comes out to check your work and everything else just falls into place. For small companies, or those that register a few jobs a year, simply build the cost into the job and you do not need to worry about getting MTC cards, IBGs and all the associated paperwork. FENSA PAYG really works. Compared with going through my LABC department, FENSA PAYG was slightly cheaper but more importantly, I chose FENSA because we get to issue FENSA certificates and use the FENSA logo – homeowners, insurance companies, solicitors, and social housing managers all demand it. Advice to others Ensure you understand your business plan. If you anticipate a volume rise in an increasingly buoyant market and you can offset the cost of every installation being inspected, FENSA PAYG really works. Otherwise, you can just switch back to FENSA original. Concerns on Building Regs The Building Regulations encourage greater professionalism in our industry and provides increased protection for homeowners – this is unarguably good. I have concerns but this is not with FENSA. Rather, my issues are with the government's apparent blanket approach towards the regulations, particularly when you work within more than one industry. Our company approach is to do everything by the book to ensure compliance with all the laws, regulations, standards and requirements etc, but we end up doubling up on many fronts as a result. We offer broader, more comprehensive insurances and guarantees under our ‘JCT’ building contract anyway (e.g., work is guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years that covers both materials and workmanship, plus our surveyors are qualified to survey whole domestic/commercial buildings, not just a window or door), however we are still forced to offer additional glazing specific IBGs on every job. The government’s blanket approach doesn’t address companies’ specific needs. One scheme does not always fit all, all of the time Also, the regulation updates were all rolled out together in 2014, meaning we had to suddenly change how we operated within a tight timeframe. If the government used a staggered approach it could have been less painful for our industry. www.fensa.org.uk/pay-as-yougo. aspx simple it was to join FENSA Pay As You Go www.ggpmag.com August 2015 Mark Brown, managing director, Grantchester Construction (right) and Al Dodds, director (left)


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