Tuesday, October 04, 2011 10:03:00 AM
Three of the most important issues at the top of everybody’s agenda today are security, energy-saving and value for money.
And those three issues are addressed with a high level of efficiency and experience by a West Yorkshire company that has chosen to offer specialised services to the Trade. From its base in Bradford, Winter Products Ltd manufactures on site a range of high security windows using their unique locking mechanism, “Hammerlock” which the company believes is probably the most secure window on the market.
Hammerlock is a product exclusive to Winter Products and its outstanding success in the market has been instrumental in helping the company expand since its read more
Friday, September 30, 2011 10:44:00 AM
I’ve stated many times that the vast majority of installers are very competent and professional, but there are still the few ‘bad apples’ that give us all a bad name, otherwise the countless TV programmes such as Cowboy Builder or Rogue Trader just wouldn’t exist.
But aside from this very small minority, the real issue that the industry faces is the systematic failure of the protection offered consumers.
We recently commissioned an independent survey of 1,247 homeowners to investigate the buying behaviour of consumers purchasing new conservatories, doors and windows. Carried out by Opinium Research and Rigby Research at the end of August, the survey showed that the home read more
Friday, September 30, 2011 10:42:00 AM
“It’s hugely encouraging that aiming for PassivHaus standards is becoming more commonplace for refurbs and new build properties, and that housebuilders and RMI specialists are also aiming for higher levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes than ever before.”
“What this means for our industry is that, in order to meet the requirements of these standards, windows must be manufactured with exceptionally low
U-values for the entire window, including the frame. For PassivHaus, this must not exceed 0.8W/m2K.”
“Typically, the way to achieve these U-values is by using triple glazed units. In order to make triple glazing accessible for as many UK fabricators and installers as read more
Thursday, September 29, 2011 10:40:00 AM
Some very smart people in South Korea have produced a new type of 'smart glass', which has the potential be cheaper and be more reliable than the current market offering.
How does it work? The glass is laced with a charge counterion polymer, which darkens in seconds when outside air temperatures become high - keeping the inside of your home cool. But crucially, the glass is able to become completely transparent in seconds during colder times of the year, meaning the glass can make the most of the sunshine on offer to create heat.
Korean scientists: "This type of light control system may provide a new option for saving on heating, cooling and lighting costs through managing the read more