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£14 billion worth of private sector investment in home energy improvements over the next decade will help insulate households from rising global energy prices and create thousands of jobs in the British insulation and construction sector, Chris Huhne, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, has announced.

A consultation on the Green Deal, which will provide home energy saving upgrades to householders at no upfront cost, was published as part of the Energy and Climate Change Secretary’s Annual Energy Statement to Parliament.

“The Green Deal is about

putting energy consumers back in control of their bills and banishing Britain’s draughty homes to the history books,” Chris Huhne said. “By stimulating billions of pounds of private sector investment, the Green Deal will revolutionise the way that we keep our homes warm, making them cosier, more efficient – and all at no upfront cost. The Green Deal is also a massive business opportunity for firms up and down Britain, helping to power the economy and creating jobs. From one-man bands and local authorities, to the big supermarkets and DIY stores, we want as many providers getting involved as possible because that’s what will give consumers the best deal.”

The Glass and Glazing

Federation welcomed the publication of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation Consultation, in the expectation that it will provide clarity regarding a number of issues of vital importance to the glass and glazing industry.

KEEP UP MOMENTUM Nigel Rees, chief executive

of the GGF, said: “The GGF

has been lobbying hard on a number of aspects of the Green Deal that are of importance to our members. It is important that we maintain momentum, and continue to highlight our concerns to DECC through a response to the consultation. The GGF calls on its members to help us produce a thorough and compelling response. The consultation documents span over 700 pages altogether, and with an eight-week deadline for responses, it’s vital that we act quickly. I urge members to get in touch and work with us to ensure the best possible outcome.”

Another trade association

argued that local builders could still face being squeezed out of the Green Deal market unless the Government ensures that small local building companies have an equal opportunity to offer Green Deal finance to their customers.

“The danger is that the large energy and utility companies will ‘hoover up’ the Green Deal market and squeeze out local builders which is very bad news both for the building industry and local economies,” Brian Berry, director of external affairs at the Federation of Master Builders said.

Following the launch of the consultation, the Treasury announced that £200m of new and additional Government funding will be made available as an ‘introductory’ offer to boost the early take up of the scheme.

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A newly formed bespoke door and window systems house, ECLECTIC SYSTEMS, has just been launched with the aim of developing specific products for niche, heritage markets that play such a significant role in the overall UK market.

Headed up by Dan Gill, managing director of sister company

Window Widgets, this new venture – the company’s first major development programme - has invested £1.2m in tooling, extrusion lines and product development. The new Residence 9 window and door system. The venture includes a turnkey extrusion package from Austrian tooling experts Greiner and an in-house foiling line.


Residence 9 is a window and door system aimed at the substantial heritage markets and has nine chambers, 100mm frame depth and just three main profiles. Impressive features include a flush sash to the outside of the window, a deep Georgian bar, stylish forged black or pewter hardware, monkey tail handles and peg stays. Though the styling is clearly a fusion of traditional design and sightlines with modern day materials, there are also important, high security options for the hardware.


While the vast majority of the replacement market is made up of white profiles, Residence 9 will only be available in foiled heritage colours, eight initially - and these will be available both inside and out. The profiles and large range of ancillaries will also be available in through colour bases too, adding to the upmarket credentials of this revolutionary new system to the expanding heritage market.


Internally beaded, Residence 9 can be either welded or mechanically jointed, the latter already proving to be more preferable to the initial network of regional fabricators. With a 100mm frame depth, the system has been designed with two glazing beads, one for double glazing and the other for triple glazing. With heavy duty friction stays and bespoke keeps available at launch, the system is designed to take the extra weight of a triple glazed unit with relative ease.

The nine chambers and 100mm frame depth also combine to

deliver a 1.2 W/(m²K) U-value with a standard double glazed unit and a 0.8 U-value for a standard triple glazed unit, the latter without the need for foam inserts and other ancillary additions. The sections also remove the requirement for reinforcement in many instances, so fabricators can cut, mill and join the corners to complete a window using low cost machinery. The investment is surprisingly low.

Dan Gill, managing director of Eclectic Systems told Clearview:

“We believe that this is genuine innovation in PVCu window and door systems. Residence 9 is the first luxury PVCu system ever to be launched in the industry and for the first time, PVCu will be able to take on timber in the UK’s most prestigious locations, including the 9,000 conservation areas around the country.”

For further information log on to or call Eclectic Systems direct on 01452 300912.

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