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REHAU ONLINE CALCULATOR CONTINUES TO IMPRESS


REHAU’s online U-Value and WER calculator has seen a 100% increase in the number of visitors over the past six months.


When the calculator at www.rehauanswers. com was launched in June 2011 it received just over 300 visits in its first month. By November, this had increased to more than 630 visits in a month, with almost 200 of these being returning users.


Dean Franklin, the REHAU Applications Engineer specialising in U-Value and Window Energy Ratings, believes that that the reason behind the popularity is its ease of use.


He says: “When I visit customers to demonstrate the calculator, they are really impressed by the amount of time and effort they can save. They simply click on the calculation type they require, enter in the information about their individual window or door system, frame and sash, reinforcement, glazing and spacer bar and they get a fast and, above all, accurate calculation.”


“The interface is really user friendly and of course, it has the added bonus that it is


provided by REHAU entirely free for users and is not password protected.”


That view has been endorsed by customers including Ian Hecken at GS Windows in Gosport who has been impressed by how simple the calculator is to use and how much benefit it is bringing to his business.


He says: “We use the calculator to provide indicative WER ratings for retail customers and print out the PDF of the calculation graphic showing whether a particular window achieves an A, B or C rating.”


“We have been including personalised print outs in customer quotes and we have received a really positive response.”


“For us, the calculator does exactly what we need and certainly saves us time compared with previous calculators we have used.”


On average, visitors to www.rehauanswers. com view 8 pages on the site, suggesting that the vast majority are using the calculator effectively and that the step by step process is proving easy to follow.


‘We have received a really positive response.’


REHAU’s calculator has already been recognised by both CERTASS and FENSA as an accredited means of obtaining U-Values, and REHAU is in the process of obtaining similar accreditation for its Window Energy Ratings calculations.


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SOLAGLAS HELPS CLEARVIEW WINDOWS BOOST SALES 200%


Aluminium sash window manufacturer Clearview Windows Ltd has seen sales rise by a remarkable 200% in 2011 compared to the previous year.


Managing Director Stuart Braid attributes


the growth to the company’s flagship energy efficient Alumatherm sash window, which is ‘C’ rated, incorporating EcoClear® sealed units from Solaglas. Alumatherm was launched in October 2010 to comply with the revised Building Regulations.


Stuart Braid comments: “We switched to Solaglas sealed units in October 2010: by using EcoClear we can offer our customers an energy efficient sash window made from aluminium that gives us the edge with discerning customers.”


“Our turnover has doubled in the year to October 2011. Alumatherm boasts the slimmest of profiles, mirroring original timber sash windows, and it lets more light


in compared to bulky modern plastic frames. It’s gone down a storm with customers and planners alike. One customer remarked he’d waited for eight years for the right product to come onto the market – and found it with Alumatherm.”


Clearview Windows Ltd is based in Market


Deeping and with 52 years in business is the longest established sash manufacturer in the UK, fabricating more than 220 frames a week to its own design.


“We prefer to buy from well-run companies


that keep their promises. Solaglas is one of our preferred suppliers,” adds Stuart, “coming top in quarterly supplier audits. The company delivers on time, with ‘Plain English’ paperwork and thorough technical back-up.”


“The aim is to make everything as easy as possible for its customers and I have to say Solaglas succeeds. It means we can offer our customers a first-class product and service


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Clearview Windows’ Alumatherm sash with EcoClear® sealed units.


which has resulted in our significant sales growth.”


Visit www.clearviewgroup.co.uk for more information on Alumatherm or www. solaglasathome.co.uk for more information on EcoClear.


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