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GGP 08 August 2016

8 NEWS What Brexit means for technical standards Epwin showcases 40 years of innovation www.ggpmag.com August 2016 Window Company just keeps on growing With new team members and an ever expanding customer list, specialist commercial installer The Window Company (Contracts) has opened another extension at its Chelmsford HQ. The company has expanded its office building specifically to provide a dedicated space for its rapidly growing new build department. The company, which was named the G-Awards Installer of the Year in both 2015 and 2014, moved into the public new build sector in 2014 and has already seen that part of the business grow to 20% of turnover, with contracts for councils and social housing providers across London and the South East. The company previously extended its office at the star t of 2015 but has expanded again with a new glazed extension fittingly built by its own team of installers. Chairman David Thornton said: “We’re determined to go on investing in the space we need to maintain our efficiency and ensure that we can go on delivering the service levels which have made us famous.” By Steve Rice, GGF technical director The UK has voted to leave the European Union and British companies need to be aware of what this means to our market and how we will conform to technical standards in the future. At this time the GGF technical perspective is as follows: Firstly: The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is an EU directive that was enacted into UK law in 2013. Therefore nothing will change until the government of the day makes changes to replace it and enacts a new law to cover its legal requirements. The GGF does not foresee anything happening on this before 2020. So I would strongly advise that companies ensure they continue to CE mark their products if they fall under a harmonised European norm/standard (hEN). Secondly: CEN: the European Committee for Standardisation is made up of all the national standardisation bodies, i.e. BSI, DIN, AFNOR, UNI, etc., throughout Europe. CEN's remit is stated as follows: “CEN is one of three European Standardisation Organisations that have been officially recognised by the European Union and by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as being responsible for developing and defining voluntary standards at European level.” The important words here are ‘voluntary standards at European level’. Therefore, all of the glass and glazing, window and door and hardware standards are basically voluntary. They only become mandatory under EU legislation when the part containing the Annex ZA is cited in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). As long as the CPR remains in our national legislation, compliance with the harmonised European Norms (hENs) will remain a fact of life. Thirdly: All other members of the European Union will continue to follow the CPR. This will mean that any products exported from the UK to the EU will continue to be required to be CE marked. So in short, if your products are not CE marked then you will not be legally able to export to an EU country. Fourthly: The production of the European standards has, for the first time, ensured a level playing field for our glass and glazing products. We do not believe any UK companies would desire to return to the ‘old days’, i.e. when every country had different standards and systems of compliance. We expect that the present suite of European standards, and those to come, will be embraced by all in the industry. Having stated what might be the obvious to some we need to inform you as to how we, the Glass and Glazing Federation, will operate in the future in this arena: • GGF technical officers will continue to be fully involved with BSI (British Standards Index) committees. • Technical officers and GGF members will continue to be delegated as UK experts to CEN technical committees and working groups. • We will continue to put forward our views on standards when they are available for comment. • We will continue to represent the views of our membership to the standardisation bodies whether at national or European level. • Through our involvement with other European Trade Associations we will continue to put the views of our members and attempt to influence the direction within the European market. Also we will continue our involvement with the UK government to make sure that our membership is aware, at the earliest possible opportunity, of legislative changes that may influence our market. With respect to standardisation and compliance with the CPR, nothing has changed yet and any likely changes will be several years away. The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) will, however, continue to monitor this situation and keep its members and all in the industry informed of any changes in the future. The Epwin Group is celebrating 40 years of manufacturing ‘innovative and market changing’ building, door and window systems manufactured in PVC-U, GRP and thermoplastics, with the launch of a new display at London’s Building Centre. Epwin’s new permanent Building Centre exhibition provides a snapshot of the products offered by the group for commercial specification, including the brand new PVC-U window system Optima; a new flush tilt and turn window from Profile 22; products and systems offered with Building Information Modelling compliance; and a selection of low maintenance products that include bi-folding, patio and entrance doors together with ranges of low maintenance building trims and finishes, and rainwater, drainage and roofline products. The display also now includes products from Stormking and Ecodek, which joined the Epwin Group last year. The Epwin Group display is located at The Building Centre, Store Street, London.


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