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GGP December 2014

News GGF writes to Chancellor Window, door and external 14 December 2014 CMS opens door to housing and buildings excellence envelope contractor, CMS, says that it has taken another important step towards further developing its client base in the local authority sector nationally, by securing approved supplier status with APSE (the Association for Public Service Excellence). In linking up with APSE, North Lanarkshire based CMS, which already delivers social housing, education and healthcare refurbishment and new build projects for around a third of councils in Scotland, is even better placed to offer customers north and south of the border the assurances they seek regarding the quality, reliability and integrity of its services. CMS claims to have established its strong market position around genuinely sustainable products and services which consider the carbon footprint at all points in the supply chain. This includes using only a lead-free PVC-U profile system and RegaLead supports WWI centenary The GGF has written in response to Chancellor George Osborne’s request for views on areas to include in his Autumn Statement. In the letter, the GGF highlighted its concerns over three key issues affecting the glass and glazing industry, including; • The lack of government led incentives for homeowners to install energy efficient windows following the ineffectiveness and slow uptake of the Green Deal and ECO (Energy Company's Obligation). • The inequality of VAT rates affecting energy efficient glazing. Most energy saving products enjoy a 5% rate of VAT yet energy efficient glass and glazing products have a 20% rate of VAT. • The red tape that is slowing down growth in the conservatory sector since the government transferred ownership of private sewers and lateral drains to water and sewerage companies in England and Wales. If a proposed conservatory or extension extends over or near a sewer then the house owner must apply to the relevant water company for a build-over agreement causing delays and costing companies money. Nigel Rees, GGF group chief executive, wrote: “In advance of your Autumn Statement I would urge you to focus on introducing fiscal incentives to encourage householders to make their properties more energy efficient as well as introducing policies or schemes that will boost house building and home improvement.” glass units supported by Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs), plus resource-efficient manufacturing and 100% post-use window and door frame recycling. Louise McMillan, principal advisor for APSE in Scotland, said: “APSE is committed to developing a list of companies who are in turn committed to providing high quality cost effective services and supplies to the public sector. APSE wishes to promote excellence and raise ethical standards amongst all providers of services and suppliers, so we are pleased that CMS is now part of this growing but nonetheless select group of companies.” Based in Castlecary near Glasgow, CMS is one of Scotland’s leading manufacturers, suppliers and installers of windows, doors, curtain walling and external envelope systems. House prices ‘still low’ ‘In-depth’ analysis of September’s Land Registry HPI data from residential investment expert, London Central Portfolio (LCP), has shown that fears of a national house price bubble have been ‘wildly premature’. Whilst the government’s data has highlighted a negligible fall of 0.2% in prices for England and Wales in September, the first fall in six months, LCP believes the statistics actually understate the ‘truly gloomy picture’ for the national housing market. Average prices reached £177,299 last month, still 2% below their pre-credit crunch levels. However, LCP says that the figures are artificially boosted by price growth in Greater London. Removing London, average prices are just £133,538, just above the 1% stamp duty threshold and 16% lower than December ‘07, when average prices were £158,494. Outside London, says LCP, house prices have only just got back to where they were 10 years ago. RegaLead is reportedly very proud to have given its support to a project to mark the centenary of World War 1. The window, which takes pride of place at St Matthew’s Church in Stoke-on-Trent, spans 50ft x 10ft and depicts six soldiers, loaded with kit, trudging across an embankment in Ypres, Belgium. With 48 panes of glass to fill and a deadline of the church’s remembrance service on 9 November, the project was said to be ‘no mean feat’. Project organiser, Frank McGregor, employed the help of local school children to create the designs for the border, and RegaLead to supply the coloured films. Frank explained: “In the run up to the centenary, many churches have incorporated plaques and memorials and while thinking about what to do at St Matthew’s we realised that the church would really benefit from a stained glass window.” “We approached local businesses for a sponsor in order to buy the materials and one, Modern Glass, showed us a RegaLead brochure and recommended we speak to them. We were delighted when they offered to supply the coloured films and also cover 50% of the cost themselves.”


GGP December 2014
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