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Aluminium Doors and Windows offer many advantages to the homeowner and is today the choice material for many installations. Modern aluminium systems have advanced significantly in recent years benefitting from new technology, major advances in fabrication and with excellent thermal and weathering properties.


• Slim sight lines with attractive defined profiles and clean corners compared to PVCu

• Inherent Strength and light weight • Suitable for marine or coastal environments

• Extensive Colour choice including dual colour, metallics, wood and textured finishes

• Thermally efficient, available in A, B and C ratings

• Will not warp or twist • Less thermal expansion than PVCu

• “Crittall” Replacement and Wood composite systems available.

• Resistant to most pollutants

• A most versatile material which can shaped and machined to meet most design briefs

• Long life span and minimal maintenance Aluminium windows and doors have gained

an increased market share, particularly in recent years with many new developments of flats and


The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn, in the grounds of its safari park is the setting for CAB’s second 2011 mini-conference and Regional Dinner to take place on 28 September.

The first announced speaker for the Woburn mini-conference is Simone Starnini, facade project leader, Laing O’Rourke Construction South. His presentation is entitled, ‘Rationalising costs of supply chain management: in-house specialists within main contractor’s staff’ and will include reference to a range of issues such as early design involvement of sub-contractors, less bids but better ones and knowledge of the supply chain together with relevant case studies.

CAB’s chief executive Justin Ratcliffe, commented: "We are delighted Simone will be speaking and like so many of our previous key speakers, he will create an open discussion with the audience rather than just a lecture. The event will give some consideration to the issues raised in the government’s recent Construction Strategy where it is proposed to reduce procurement costs on public sector projects by up to 20%.

“However, we will also be looking at other

pertinent issues such as logistics and the how best to use social media in the construction sector. At a time when the wider fenestration sector is recognising that it simply cannot ignore the huge benefits of including aluminium within

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product ranges, CAB continues to focus on providing added value for our members in order to provide them with the best possible support in a tough operating environment.”

The mini-conference is open to CAB members and their guests and will be preceded by CAB update presentations from the chief executive and technical consultant.

The members meeting and mini-conference will be concluded by dinner also hosted in the Sculpture Gallery.

For more information, contact Julie Harley at the CAB office on 01453 828851.


contemporary houses. It is rare nowadays for such modern buildings to have plastic windows installed.

Residentially there are many new and innovative aluminium products available.

Recently we have seen the introduction of products designed to replace specific window systems such as old steel windows. There are now aluminium “Crittall Replacement” systems and hybrid (aluminium/wood composite) systems which are presently in high demand.

The finishing process of aluminium has also

advanced significantly. Gone is the perception of old that aluminium was only available in silver anodised. Modern treatments are now available in over 200 colours including metallics, satins, wood effects and textured finishes such as sandstone.

The wood effect textured finish for example has a major advantage over woodgrain pvc in that it is not a foil and has the ability to coat every surface of the window profile.

This is a new treatment in the UK and offers an authentic aluminium alternative where the cost of real wood is prohibitive. Even down to a 45mm aluminium timber look cill with painted end caps.

Therefore, for residential installations there are many new innovative and technologically advanced products to give installers a competitive edge in the marketplace.

There is also a diverse range of tilt and turn, pivot, reversible, horizontal and vertical sliding,

sliding folding doors, patio doors, french doors and roof systems all available in aluminium with the same colour, texture and thermal properties.

Commercially, aluminium remains the choice material. PVCu or composite entrance doors for example do not have the longevity of commercial aluminium doors. These types of doors can withstand the most demanding environments such as schools and unlike plastic doors can be fitted with the widest variety of handles, panic bars, exit devices, access control systems and are suitable for automatic operation.

Other aluminium products for commercial use include ground floor treatments, curtain walling, brise soleil, garage showroom sliding doors and much more.

Retail installers need not shy away from commercial installations. There is much support and training in the industry to enable you to add commercial work to your portfolio of installations.

Aluminium has moved a long way from previous generations of single glazed, prone to condensation products in a high maintenance hardwood subframe.

It is now modern, beautiful, efficient, flexible, highly secure, cost effective and innovative.

Above all it is easy to fabricate or install and can give you that competitive edge.

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