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GGP February 2015

Leading sustainable building envelope specialist, Schueco UK, has announced that, in conjunction with RIBA Journal, it is again running the Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation. The 2015 Awards will be presented at a lunchtime event to be held in June at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. Launched in 2014 to celebrate the very best in UK building design, the Schueco Excellence Awards have nine separate categories covering more or less every sector of the industry. The only stipulation for entry is that the building submitted should include at least one Schueco system. Entries should be submitted by 9 April to schuecoawards@ribajournal.com 6 NEWS Own a £500k house, two cars and a glazed extension? Congratulations – you’ve made it A commissioned online survey carried out on behalf of Synseal by independent research agency, OnePoll, has revealed what the nation’s homeowners regard as ‘making it’ in life. The survey, entitled ‘Mr & Mrs Made It’, gathered the views of 2,000 employed homeowner adults living across the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, with approximately 25% of respondents being based in and around the London area. The results were thoughtprovoking. Mr and Mrs Made it live in a house worth 500k, earn a joint salary of £100k, have two cars on the driveway and will be close to paying off their mortgage. Living in at least a four bed house, they’ll spend time in the garden which stretches to 1,000 square feet or more and manage two trips away a year. Having a holiday home, a glazed Synseal’s Mark Schlotel extension and frequent shopping trips in other cities were also listed among the top 50 signs a couple have really made it in life. And owning an orangery, having a wet room or shopping regularly at Waitrose were also selected aspirational lifestyle indicators. “Although this research was commissioned as a serious exercise with a statistically robust sample, our consumer PR agency, Cogent Elliott, recommended that the results were published in a fun and upbeat manner and we were pleasantly surprised when the national daily newspapers really latched on to the story, both in printed papers and also online publications,” said Mark Schlotel, head of marketing at Synseal. “We were delighted to secure over 50 significant press cuttings for our Synseal brand in the Times, Independent, Telegraph, Mail, Mirror, Express, Metro and London Evening Standard amongst others.” “The survey results show a quirky mix of items and status symbols that suggest the signs of a successful life” Mark added. “Whether it’s having more space at home to relax in, investing in or expanding property or being able to spend time with the family, the truth is that for many of us the real benchmark for having made it is being happy in your home life.” University CPD sessions from Rehau The generosity of the window industry has reportedly put Emplas’ Mike Crewdson among Rehau has begun a programme of CPD sessions at universities across the UK, designed to help educate the architects and specifiers of the future on the applications of different materials in UK fenestration, and the design standards which apply. The first session took place at Liverpool John Moores University recently and was attended by 30 students studying building and quantity surveying, architectural technology and engineering, and construction management. It was delivered by John McNama, one of Rehau’s commercial managers, and organised by John Gammon, senior lecturer at the university. John McNama’s main role is to increase the specification of Rehau products and systems in commercial projects across the north of the UK, and to increase awareness of the design and structural potential of different material options. He regularly presents the RIBA approved Fenestration CPD to architects but this was the first time he has delivered it to students. www.ggpmag.com February 2015 Schueco unveils new excellence awards bid-window.com ‘Big hearted’ donors top fundraising list the top 1% of charity fundraisers on the Just Giving fundraising website in 2014. Mike completed a 218 mile coast-to-coast walk across the North of England in just 10 days to raise more than £22,000 – more than double his original target – for St Ann’s Hospice in Manchester and Tapping House Hospice in Norfolk. The creators of Bidwindow. com say they have created a ‘window, door and conservatory auction site that redefines the home improvements industry.’ Bid-Window is described as a non-subscription based website that it is free for all manufacturers and window or door fitters to use. Once a window or door fitter accepts a bid from a manufacturer, they will pay a small fee which will be deducted from the manufactures’ bid. Fitters can create an online job sheet which can then be viewed by manufacturers and suppliers, giving them the opportunity to bid to supply the job. Bid Window states that its aim is to enable window fitters and builders to save money by linking them with manufacturers and to provide a safe forum for fitters and manufacturers to interact and secure future jobs. Put simply, Bidwindow. com allows fitters builders and home improvers to connect quickly to manufacturers and suppliers through a transparent simple to use portal.


GGP February 2015
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