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GGP December 2013

Editors Comment Controlled free circulation: Glass & Glazing Products is available free of charge to personnel who come within terms of control. Copies are available on subscription to persons who do not qualify. Subscription Rates: Annual UK: £35 Overseas: £50 Single Copies: UK: £3.50 Overseas: £4 Glass & Glazing Products is published by Unity Business Press, a part of Unity Media Communications Plc. Publisher of 18 titles including: Conservatory Magazine; Heating & Plumbing Monthly; Roofing Cladding & Insulation; and the RCi Annual Directory. 4 December 2013 Printers: William Gibbons & Sons, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV13 3XT. Direct input by Unity Media plc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic of mechanical. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy the publishers do not accept liability for errors, printing or otherwise, appearing within this publication. Some of the colour pictures used editorially are provided and paid for by suppliers. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher. Editor Luke Wood 01732 748000 lwood@unity-media.com Deputy Editor Sophie Stevens 01732 748036 sstevens@unity-media.com Advertisement Sales Director Andy Dunn 01732 748065 Advertisement Sales Manager Dawn Tucker 01732 748060 dtucker@unity-media.com Acting Advertisement Sales Manager Sarah Knight 01732 748061 sknight@unity-media.com Area Sales Manager Paul Ingleby 01732 748060 pingleby@unity-media.com Classified Sales Executive Katie Hayes 01732 748062 aclark@unity-media.com Production Manager Lisa White 01732 748049 Fax: 01732 748006 lwhite@unity-media.com Acting Production Manager Jo Claydon-Smith 01732 748064 Fax: 01732 748006 jclaydon-smith@unity-media.com Production Assistant Debbie Marsh 01732 748050 dmarsh@unity-media.com Circulation 01732 748084 Reprographic Controller Gregg Foster Finance Director Helen Lawson To subscribe call: 01732 748084 Head Office Becket House, Vestry Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5EJ Tel: 01732 748000 Fax: 01732 748001 © 2012 Unity Business Press Est 1985 ISSN: 0269-0659 * Average net circ Jan 2012 - Dec 2012: 10,546 To triple glaze, or not to triple glaze, that is the question. For those living in places affluent and cold enough to warrant the extra pane of glass (ie Scandinavia and the wealthier parts of Europe), then triple glazing is very popular. According to Swisspacer, for instance, it accounts for over 40% of new installations in Germany. In the UK, where we’re only really subjected to short spells of extreme weather and where the majority of cash strapped homeowners are, for the most part, content with decent double glazing, it is still considered to be a niche market. That, however, could be about to change. For starters, the pledge made by government to make all new homes ‘zero carbon’ by 2016 means that energy efficient doors and windows are going to be more important than ever, to the point where triple glazing could be the only realistic solution to achieving the proposed levels of performance. Even without this government target, the threat of rising fuel bills alone could be enough for some homeowners to ‘upgrade’ to triple, if they can be convinced that the investment is going to actually save them money in the long run. And if it genuinely is a cost effective solution, then it should be a relatively easy sell. Rather than trying to explain why a certain profile is better than another for a whole host of reasons that aren’t really that obvious to the untrained eye, a sales rep can just produce a section of triple glazing and say “look, it’s got more glass, so it’s better and will make you warmer”. Job done. The merits of an extra pane of glass are discussed at length by both Swisspacer’s Vic de Costa and Edgetech’s Alan Fielder in this month’s Energy Efficiency feature section, so the fact that we have two of the big warm spacer bar companies limbering up to promote triple could be a sign of things to come – or it could just be hot air. Time will tell. Lastly, before we shut up shop for the festive season, a big congratulations to all those who ended the year on a high at the G13 Awards. Even if you weren’t lucky enough to be nominated, it’s probably fair to say that the industry as a whole should take some cheer from the rise in confidence in the latter part of 2013 and even more from the fact that there seems to be enough momentum in the upturn for a more positive start to 2014 as well. Happy Christmas and I hope you enjoy the December issue of GGP! Luke Wood Editor


GGP December 2013
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