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WINDOWMASTER CONTRIBUTES TO PART L REVISIONS DEBATE


WindowMaster is contributing to the debate on planned revisions to Part L of the Building Regulations, due to take effect from 2013.


The company has submitted recommendations to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC).


WindowMaster’s Tom Lymn said: “We responded to the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers’ (Cibse) leadership of the non-domestic working group on planned changes to Part L for 2013. We outlined some points to consider based on our experience in designing and implementing effective natural ventilation solutions that help to address some of the common issues with building energy performance and internal climate.”


There is evidence to suggest that new buildings are not performing as they have been designed to. It is hoped that the updated


building regulations, Part L in particular, will ensure that a completed building delivers in real terms on its stated design, rather than just ‘ticking the boxes’ and using generic methods, materials or technologies.


BETTER GUIDANCE NEEDED Tom Lymn explained: “There may be a gap in


the education of some designers that can lead to solutions which are under-engineered – resulting in poor energy performance or, more likely, as a result of poor historic experiences with weaker or poorly implemented solutions, effective alternatives are overlooked. Poor performance is accepted as inevitable in this instance. The education gap can also lead to over-engineered solutions being employed – resulting in increased and often prohibitive costs.


“To avoid these scenarios there should be better guidance within the regulations relating to solutions for improved performance. For example, the potential for the poor performance of manual windows could be


contrasted with the features and benefits of 'well controlled' automated solutions, which minimise energy and enhance the indoor environment, with reference to accurate control, feedback and single source supply.”


CIBSE is leading the working group on


changes to the non-domestic Part L of the Building Regulations. The group is advising the DCLG and BRAC. Its objectives are to look at the potential to further reduce carbon emissions from new and existing non-domestic buildings within the broader policy constraints set by the government. Its findings have been submitted to BRAC and a public consultation will be carried out in spring 2012 with the aim of publishing the new Approved Document in October 2012, coming into force in April 2013.


www.windowmaster.co.uk / www.cibse.org


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FORCE 8 LAUNCHES ROUND PIVOT WINDOWS IN REHAU PROFILE


Force 8, the Stockport based REHAU trade fabricator and profile bending specialist, has launched what it believes it the UK’s first round pivot window in the REHAU PVC-U profile system.


Dennis Sumner, Managing Director of


Force 8, says that he expects demand to come from both the retail and commercial sectors where the REHAU brand is so strong.


He says: “Round pivot windows add an interesting design feature in domestic properties and are also used extensively as part of commercial design schemes. We believe that they have the potential to create valuable new sales opportunities for installers particularly in REHAU profile which is so renowned for its quality and ease of installation.”


The new round pivot window is a perfect demonstration of Force 8’s bending expertise, with eight bends in total used to achieve the perfect circle.


The window is completely reversible through 180º which makes it easy to clean when necessary and it has security catches at the top and bottom to ensure the safety and security of users.


Force 8 is offering the REHAU round pivot in diameters from 750mm to 1200mm and in white as standard. It can also supply in Mahogany, Rosewood or Golden Oak woodgrain or in any one of REHAU’s coloured foiled finishes.


21 of the new REHAU windows have already been manufactured and supplied by Force 8 to Windoworld for installation in a local school in Portsmouth. The company’s bending expertise and efficiency meant that all 21 windows were supplied in just two weeks; and the success of the project means that the company is now offering the windows as a standard product with a lead time of just one week.


The round REHAU pivot windows join Force 8’s extensive portfolio of curved,


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arched, gothic and hexagonal frames, all available on short lead times and to bespoke designs.


Further details are available via the website at www.force8.co.uk.


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