This Month's News
Future Homes? …Put existing ones first, GGF
The GGF has reacted to Chancellor Philip Hammonds Future Homes Standard plan by calling for more priority on existing houses as well as those still to be built.
The Chancellor in his Spring Statement announced the new standard would be introduced by 2025 so that new build homes are future-proofed with low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency.
GGF group chief executive Kevin Buckley welcomed the initiative but added: “A more relevant and immediate need is for meaningful Government backed energy efficiency incentives for homeowners currently living in existing housing stock.”
Three expert groups combine for post-Grenfell advice
Three not-for-profit organisations, the Door & Hardware Federation, Secured by Design and the Fire Industry Association have combined their knowledge to produce a joint publication with advice on selecting flat entrance doorsets.
The publication, ‘A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets; A publication for housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities in England’ brings together the best collaborative advice available from the industry in one straightforward document to highlight the fundamental issues of fire safety and security for those selecting fire doorsets.
Importantly, say the organisations, the publication makes the point that there is no conflict between fire and security with Building Regulations ADB (fire) and ADQ (security) carrying equal weight with neither taking precedence over the other. It explains why only factory produced doorsets can meet both ADB and ADQ.
Early birds line up for
G19 top spots
The G-Awards look set for another record year with sponsors lining up for the top spots supporting the G19 event.
Many industry leaders have already signed up to be a part of this year’s event, including headline sponsors St-Gobain, GGF, Fensa, Epwin, Deceuninck and Business Micros, as well as other sponsors Thermoseal, Renolit, Emplas, Unique and Glassolutions.
“So many big names are coming in right at the start, which is always a sign of another bumper year.” said organiser Tony Higgin, “It is the enthusiasm of these sponsors that helps to make the event the success that it is, so with the G-Awards growing in scale and stature every year, we are more than happy to see how many industry leaders are with us all the way.”
All set for FIT
FIT Show organisers say they are looking to the biggest show yet with an unprecedented amount of support from exhibitors who have already booked more space than the entire 2017 event as well as pre-registration at record levels.
FIT Show event director Nickie West said: “The fact that we’ve already surpassed the space sold for 2017 reinforces that our exhibitors understand the importance of trading through turbulent times, investing in opportunities to get in front of new and existing customers via live events such as FIT Show.
“We believe that broadening our proposition to appeal to wider audiences, introducing new products and materials, as well as moving the show to the NEC to make it more accessible to companies from wider Europe and beyond, have all played a pivotal role in securing our success for 2019.