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DOORS&WINDOWS


TIMBER APPROVALS AND ANS-WERS


Mighton Products has become the only window systems company to gain LABC approval for timber sash windows and this covers their EcoSash, EcoSlide and EcoSafe range, which sit alongside their energy rated EcoTilt product.


The company now offers a unique range of


Part L compliant window systems which have been registered with Local Authority Building Control (LABC), after they carefully approved the technical drawings and thoroughly examined the test results. For joiners and fabricators this means that sash windows no longer need to be tested individually, as long as they are manufactured to Mighton’s specifications, which includes hardware and weatherstripping. The approval certificates are even verifiable on the official LABC website at www.labc.uk.com.


Gaining Part L approval for a window involves the design, manufacture, testing, and submission of drawings and results, and a document control process. This has already been completed by Mighton Products so they are now able to provide these test results, drawings and permission to build


an approved window to their customers, along with a simplified document control system.


The EcoTilt window already carries ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ ratings under the Window Energy Ratings Scheme (WERs) which in itself is Part L compliant. Combined with the LABC approvals, it’s helping save their customer’s time and money, enabling them to focus on other key areas of their business. It’s proving the perfect ‘off the shelf ’ solution to the new Building Regulations.


Mike Derham, chairman of Mighton Products comments: “We’ve taken the pain, worry and cost away from the joiners, fabricators and installers by investing in LABC approvals and the Window Energy Ratings. For our customers, we’ve added a level of re-assurance that other timber window systems companies haven’t yet been able to replicate.”


For further information on the LABC approvals and window energy ratings, log on to www.mightonproducts.com or call 0800 0560 0471 for a free 26 page catalogue for sash windows, hardware and accessories.


GGF RALLIES THE TROOPS TO PROMOTE ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS


The GGF is issuing a call to arms from within the glass and industry to promote the benefits of energy efficient windows and to encourage the government to include them in the Green Deal.


The Green Deal, part of the government’s proposed Energy Security and Green Economy Bill, aims to deliver a national programme of energy efficiency measures to homes and businesses. The costs of these measures will not be charged upfront, but will instead be funded by companies who will recoup the expense through savings made to consumer energy bills as a result of the energy efficiency measures installed.


“The energy efficiency benefits of windows


have long been known to GGF members but it is more important than ever that the benefits of Energy Efficient Windows are understood by Government,” said Nigel Rees, chief executive of the GGF.


“The GGF’s own research, supported by findings from the Energy Savings Trust (ENT), found that installing Energy Efficient Windows in all properties of the existing housing stock would reduce national emissions by 10% and reduce national domestic energy expenditure by 10%.


“The Green Deal represents a vital opportunity to ensure that the glass and glazing industry


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benefits from the Government’s energy efficiency drive. The GGF estimates that funding Energy Efficient Windows through the Green Deal could potentially create jobs for 10,000 installers, as well as additional jobs within the rest of the supply chain. This is crucial for industry given that, in 2010, figures for windows installations were almost 30% lower than in 2004, and the workforce had fallen by almost 10,000 people during the same period.”


The GGF is calling on its members to help in its campaign to lobby government to include Energy Efficient Windows in the Green Deal. “GGF members can help by writing to their local MP. You can find your constituency MP by entering your postcode at www.theyworkforyou.com and the GGF will provide a template letter and a briefing paper which summarises the key facts,” Nigel told Clearview.


“You may wish to invite the MP to visit your premises, providing a good PR opportunity for both parties. The GGF will then provide a


suggested follow up letter for your MP to send to the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change. MPs may also be willing to submit Parliamentary Questions to the Minister, which the GGF can also assist with.”


A concerted approach from within the industry,


Nigel said, will support the work already done by the GGF, which has included: numerous letters and Parliamentary Questions to the Minister of State of Energy and Climate Change; local MP visits to GGF members’ sites; face-to-face briefings with members of the opposition; and numerous meetings with government officials.


“Each letter or Parliamentary Question increases the pressure on Government to fully consider the interests of the glass and glazing industry. The benefits to industry could be phenomenal, but these will only be achieved through consistent lobbying of politicians, and using the ‘political footprint’ of GGF members,” he concluded.


‘Research by the ENT and GGF found that installing Energy Efficient Windows in existing housing stock would cut national emissions by 10% and reduce national domestic expenditure by 10%.’


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