Clearview Midlands July 2013 - Issue 140 - Page 4

fromtheeditor It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through 2013 already. Not that I’m wishing the time away, on the contrary. I’m simply marveling at how time really does fly when you’re having fun and also at how quickly the 1st July CE Marking deadline has also come around. Fortunately, most of the companies we speak to on a regular basis have been prepared for quite some time as Solidor tells us on page 12 and you can also find all the CE marking support you need from CDW Systems on page 55. In this issue the discussion over the virtues of aluminium versus PVCu for bi-folding doors hots up as TWR Trade Frames’ Managing Director Terry Richardson, the original bi-fold doctor, discusses which material he believes is better and why on page 17. See what Origin also has to say on the matter on page 54. I was lucky enough to be invited to the Network Veka AGM and Gala Dinner 2013 last month, which gave me a great opportunity to catch up with friends and acquaintances, old and new. You can read the full report on page 40. Events like that really do serve to remind me that I’m part of something special. Speaking of which, congratulations to FIT Events, the team behind this year’s inaugural FIT Show, who beat off some of the most experienced exhibition organisers to scoop the Best Trade Launch Show at the AEO Excellence Awards 2013, in London last month. The fact that I am still hearing from companies about their FIT Show 2013 successes and who are already planning for the next one is testament to the impact the exhibition has had on the industry, so recognition of the efforts of the organisers in the way of an award is the icing on the cake and very well-deserved it is too. There’s also been a lot said about green deal this month that I must say is rather mixed. It seems that uptake and awareness has increased and there’s more support now available. But green deal remains something that must be closely monitored and continuously evaluated. I’ll leave you to decide, kicking of with the report below and continuing on page 67. Becky, Editor THE GREEN DEAL: WATCHING BRIEF Three years into the life of this Parliament, Ministers are unable to define what they hope to achieve through one of the Coalition’s flagship policies, say MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee in a recently published report - The Green Deal: watching brief. The Green Deal, the Government’s flagship initiative to help households and businesses increase their energy efficiency, has formed a central part of the Coalition’s commitment to be the “greenest government ever.” However, the committee was surprised that Department of Energy and Climate Change was unable to provide a well-defined set of expected outcomes. The Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, Tim Yeo MP, said: “Our role is to hold Government to account. But it’s impossible to do this if the Government itself cannot explain precisely what it is hoping to achieve through its policies. “It’s unacceptable that, three years into the life of this Parliament, Ministers are unable to explain what success would look like of one of the Coalition’s flagship policies. “At a time when gas and electricity bills are on the rise, improving the energy efficiency of our homes could not be more important. My Committee therefore hopes that the Green Deal will be a success. It is only right that such a high profile policy is subject to proper scrutiny so that corrective measures can be put in place quickly if it is failing to deliver.” The Committee plans to monitor progress of the Green Deal over the coming years. The report sets out seven key areas in which it will focus its scrutiny: public awareness and communications; take-up levels; energy and carbon savings; financial savings and value for money; access to the Green Deal and ECO; customer satisfaction; and supply chain and job creation. The report identifies a number of potential challenges, which could lead to low take up of the Green Deal. For example, people in rented accommodation might have difficulty gaining consents from their landlords, households might find the “hassle” of building works too much to want to upgrade their property, or cheaper sources of finance might be available from other sources. The Committee says that if take up levels are low, it will be important to understand why this is, so that the policy can be improved. Tim Yeo MP added: “We will want to ensure that Green Deal companies are providing a good service to customers to make certain we do not see a repeat of the doorstep selling and mis-selling that energy companies have been engaged in recently.” The full report can be viewed at www. 4 JUL 2013 To read more, visit