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GGP 06 June 2016

Letter to the editor When modern methods start being added into standards and legislation, we see a real shift in the industry. We saw it with energy efficient windows and now we’re seeing it with installation tape. The industry got taped up at The FIT Show. The response to TruFit, our expanding foam edge tape was incredible. Installers wanted to talk not only about the cost and time savings of using sealing tapes, but also systemising installations in a way which maintains the energy efficiency of the window. The heightened interest in the alternative fitting method has coincided with 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. In tests, TruFit proved to retain more heat than traditional fitting methods. It offers a durable neat edge, plus faster and cleaner fitting than its wet sealant counterparts – helping customers to fit truly energy efficient windows whilst saving time and money. In the same way that window energy ratings changed the specification for windows, we believe that expanding foam installation tapes could have as much impact for the way windows are fitted. We’ve been saying it for a while now, but I think this trend is here to stay and one day all windows will be installed this way. Charlotte Davies Head of marketing, Edgetech UK Veka UK unveils new M70 system Veka has launched a new, more energy efficient version of its established Matrix 70 system, featuring five chambers within the profile, along with its predecessor's ‘tried and tested’ steel reinforcements. MD, Dave Jones, said: “The Veka UK Group constantly strives to update and improve its product range to ensure it is constantly evolving. We know that to maintain our position as the industry leader, our products have to be the best they can be. In our 30th year of UK manufacturing, we’re proud to have designed and launched the next generation of M70. “The new 2016 M70 is a fullyintegrated, multi-chambered, bevelled 70mm system with steel reinforcement sections. Additional chambers have increased the thermal performance to meet the demanding current and future requirements for more energy efficient products, while an updated contemporary bevel will complement any style of home or commercial property. “The demand for bevelled systems within the commercial and social housing markets remains as strong as ever, with this style of profile accounting for the majority of installations in these sectors. The clean bevelled lines of the new M70 will also appeal to homeowners looking for contemporary aesthetics to enhance their home. “During the design process of the new M70, we also took the opportunity to completely redesign our bay pole system based on feedback from customers. The new system is quicker and simpler to fabricate and faster to fit, while enhanced jacking poles provide easy access to allow for on-site adjustment. A choice of neat trim covers in plain or featured finishes offers excellent aesthetics for the homeowner, while minimising any risk of damage. “Our well-respected Infinity recycled profile system will also be relaunched, offering all the same added features and benefits of the new M70, along with a recycled core containing up to 80% recycled content – ideal for commercial applications.” South Kirkby-based Veka fabricator, Bennion and Sons, was reportedly one of the first companies to adopt the new system, and says it couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Director, Sam Bennion, said: “Bennion and Sons was established as a building contractors more than 100 years ago and we have a long-standing reputation for quality and service. “We’ve been using Veka systems for years now, as we know the company shares our commitment to quality. We had no hesitation in adopting the new M70 system because Veka products are second-tonone and we know that our customers will be thrilled with the increased potential for energy efficiency. “The changeover was particularly straightforward as The Veka UK Group helped us take care of everything, and the new system is fully compatible with Veka’s existing range of ancillaries. The new M70 is available in all the colours and woodgrains from the popular Variations colour range, which gives us something a bit ‘extra’ to offer our discerning customers.” 37 E N E R G Y E F F I C I E N C Y www.ggpmag.com June 2016


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