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GGP February 2017

GQA assessors trained in TruFit Fenestration assessors from GQA Approved Centres have been trained in the theory and application of TruFit impregnated expanding foam installation tape from Edgetech UK. The training was given by Richard Willetts, divisional sales and technical manager at Tremco Illbruck, Edgetech’s manufacturing partner for TruFit. It was reportedly held at Tremco Illbruck’s dedicated training facility which includes a hands-on space to install windows. Martin Sadler, technical officer and external quality advisor at GQA said: “Our fenestration assessors are seeing TruFit used more and more when assessing installers onsite. “We know there’s been an increase in the use of impregnated foam installation tapes since the recent revision of the BS8213-4:2016 standards. The revision sees foam fitting tapes, like TruFit, added to the code of practice for the survey and installation of windows and doors. “The training gave the assessors the knowledge to make sure everything is being installed correctly. Fenestration assessors also ask installers questions about how installation foam tapes work and the benefits it provides. “We look to test the knowledge of installers applying for or updating their GQA Continued Competence Card. Now we can assess their understanding of how TruFit seals the window perimeter and how it makes it weatherproof.” 14 assessors from GQA Approved Centres have reportedly been given dedicated guidance about how TruFit works and on how to install it effectively, with further training sessions already arranged for 2017. 62 E N E R G Y E F F I C I E N C Y Aluplast reports demand for its energy efficient system Aluplast has reported ‘significant demand’ for its new Ideal 4000 and Aluskin aluminium cladding system as an energy efficient and low entry cost alternative to traditional aluminium systems. Ideal 4000 was launched by Aluplast at the end of last year. The 70mm PVC-U casement system is defined by a contemporary ‘squareedge’ profile, plus the ‘clip-and-fix’ Aluskin aluminium finishing option. Achieving a WER ‘A+’ window in either its PVC-U, or PVC-U and Aluskin, specifications, Aluplast has reported that this combination has attracted significant demand from fabricators supplying into the retail but also commercial sectors. “The response that we have received so far from manufacturers of traditional aluminium systems fabricators has far exceeded our expectations,” said Ian Cocken, sales and marketing director, Aluplast. “There’s pressure on specifiers to balance increasingly stringent energy efficiency targets in new build, alongside cost-effective delivery. “The opportunity to pitch an alternative, far more thermally efficient but also lower cost PVCU/ aluminium crossover product is striking a chord with fabricators but also commercial specifiers.” According to Palmer Market Research, the market for aluminium systems grew in value terms by 8% in 2015 to £370million. This increase is said to be significant in a market, which as a whole, grew by only 2% on the same basis. The Window, Door and Conservatory Markets in Housing in Great Britain, states that although PVC-U systems retain the lion’s share of the glazing market, aluminium also gained ground in terms of volume – up 6%. This means that it now accounts for 9% of the total housing market. Cocken continued: “Aluminium remains a growth area. Where that growth may perhaps slow as we move forward is if we see a tightening of targets around thermal performance, possibly coupled with increased focus on cost. “Ideal 4000 and Aluskin in combination, allow aluminium system fabricators to remain competitive. At the same time, it also www.ggpmag.com February 2017 allows PVC-U fabricators to step into the aluminium market without significant investment in specialist machinery.” Tested to Part Q, PAS24:2012 and Secured by Design Specifications, Ideal 4000 is also available in 27 foiled finishes in addition to Aluskin. These are available on lead times of just a few days on stock colours and an industry leading 15 days on special orders, with no minimum order, no-surcharge and no set-up costs. “Ideal 4000 is a cutting-edge PVCU system with a contemporary SquareLine design, which combined with one of the UK’s most competitive foil offers, has reach in its own-right across retail and commercial markets,” continued Cocken. “The addition of Aluskin elevates this already highly competitive offer just that little bit further. “It can genuinely be pitched against aluminium systems on aesthetics but far more thermally efficient at a far lower cost, it offers access to high margin opportunities across sectors.”


GGP February 2017
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