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My husband and I run a small family double glazing business and have been in the industry for over 30 years. We are horrified at the way the industry is heading towards triple-glazing. The extra weight of an additional sheet of glass is undoubtedly going to cause immense problems.

It will be a nightmare under Health & Safety requirements and whereas other products in the building trade are being reduced in weight (cement bags down to 250 Kg) triple glazing will increase by at least a third. Bad back issues are already a problem with some products being very heavy and difficult to handle and manoeuvre. It will be necessary to have two installers working together more often than not rather than one on his own, as can be the case now. Profitability will be impacted considerably with the increased labour costs.

Until now, we have been aware that the window

stays/hinges and door hardware on the market are the items requiring servicing and letting us down. ‘Sourced from China’, with weakened metals, they hardly hold up to the existing weight they have to hold. Even using 1 X 6mm glass sheet instead of the usual 4mm in a sealed unit caused the window to swing on its corner and we were compelled to change the hinges and unit. The thought of a third extra weight on existing hardware is laughable. Door hinges will simply not be up to it nor will patio door sliding gear. No doubt our choice of styles in window designs will be reduced and traditional looking sash windows in particular will be problematical.

Surely the way forward is to develop the glass

further to work like car heated windows or to utilise the sealed unit to create heat. Is it not possible to develop the spacers to work to generate enough energy and store it (like calculators) to assist with achieving better U values? Certainly using a third additional glass is going to be counter-productive so far as the carbon footprint is concerned.

Please – let’s not go down the route of triple- glazing.

Regards Marilyn Jones, IMEJ Windows, Aberystwyth, Wales.

Editor reply:

We take on board Marilyn’s very serious concerns, and Clearview will be examining the issues she has raised in more detail in forthcoming issues.

If you have views on how triple glazing will impact on the UK industry, get in touch – we welcome all your input into this important topic.


Dear Editor,

Aluminium Trade Supply is delighted to see Clearview magazine taking a keen interest in the aluminium sector with your excellent section dedicated to aluminium.

Having been in the aluminium door and window industry for over 20 years I have been fortunate to meet and get to know a vast number of fantastic Companies in our industry. It still surprises me how many have yet to introduce aluminium into their product range.

For years the aluminium industry lagged behind pvc in terms of training, support, marketing and above all product knowledge to window companies. This is no longer the case with many aluminium systems companies now offering modern, thermally efficient, slim and attractive products. The industry now has the support it needs at all levels of the supply chain

to ensure manufacturers and installers can sell their products with confidence and knowledge in the same way as pvc. This is evident in how many have finally decided to take aluminium systems on board.

Well done on an excellent publication

overall. It is disappointing at times to see other magazines and ezines in our industry offer little in the way of quality content across all sectors, focusing mainly on pvc, hardware and glass. It is refreshing to see Clearview taking this new approach to what is in the marketplace for fabricators and installers with your aluminium section with contributions from respected individuals and businesses.

Yours faithfully Nick Dardalis, Aluminium Trade Supply Limited

Dear Editor,

At last, Doors get their own energy rating. It was in February 2007 that Rockdoor started pushing for the introduction of Door Energy Ratings (DER’s), following on from the successful launch of Window Energy Ratings (WERs).

A lot has happened in the last four years... a recession, a banking crisis, a new Government... plus the fact I now have even less hair than I did back then! But we are glad that today the BFRC has been able to confirm that the scheme for DER’s will officially start from 1st September 2011 – just 55 months after our first letter.

At long last Rockdoor, along with other leading

composite door manufacturers, have the opportunity to highlight to homeowners the importance and benefits which energy efficient doors can provide in addition to strength, security and aesthetics.


DER’s represent a major advantage for both composite door manufacturers who can legitimately achieve A-Rated doors, and those installers who can use them as a sales tool to win extra sales. In anticipation of the introduction of DER’s, Rockdoor has been working hard to ensure all our doors have the best possible chance of

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achieving excellent thermal efficiency properties. With a Rockdoor sash already measuring 50mm thick, which is already 6mm above the industry standard, we are well placed to achieve many A Rated doors.

We are delighted that DER’s have finally arrived,

and we’ll be working hard to ensure that Rockdoor installers have all the information they need to inform homeowners of the importance of energy efficient doors.

Mark Simm, Rockdoor Ltd.

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