Clearview National February 2018 - Issue 195 - Page 48

PROUD SPONSOR OF DOORS & WINDOWS DOORS&WINDOWS INSTALLERS HARNESSING THE BENEFITS » » SWISH WINDOW AND DOOR Systems has just announced that 75 Swish installers have become Excellence as Standard members. The programme, which launched at FIT 2017, aims to drive and promote excellence at every level of member businesses. Gerald Allen, Epwin Window Systems’ Marketing Manager, said: “I’m delighted that so many Swish installers DEVELOPMENT IN FIRE-RATED PRODUCTS » » ONCE AGAIN RAISING THE bar and extending its range of durable, dependable fire-rated products, pioneering Astraseal has become the first fabricator to manufacture a 60-minute rated, fixed fire window. Instead of traditional hardwood or steel, Astraseal’s unique fire window system is based on the proven FireFrame from Winkhaus, combining durable composite and PVCu materials for advanced fire resistance. Add to this Astraseal’s fire- retardant sealed units and the new window system can provide a long-lasting barrier for both internal and external uses. The new fire window system is available in a range of sizes in both single and double fixed pane configurations. Designed for use in any residential or commercial application, the window offers incredibly slim, internal sightlines along with dependable durability and strength thanks to its, innovative hybrid frame. The 60-minute fire window strengthens Astraseal’s industry-leading fire-rated product line, joining its range of PVCu and composite FD30 and FD60 fire door systems. As well as offering its brand-new 60-minute solution, Astraseal also offers the RAUFERNO PVCu fire-window system. Based on REHAU’s Total 70 profile and the popular S706 window, the RAUFERNO is a high-performance 30-minute alternative. 48 » F EB 2018 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M have already become Excellence as Standard members because it reflects the powerful value the programme delivers.” As Gerald says, it is clear that Excellence as Standard delivers considerable value to installers’ businesses. In fact, he calculates that Excellence as Standard installations have already reached an installed value of around £25 million pro rata, which is an impressive sum. The ability of the programme to deliver tangible results is thanks to its package of benefits that help installers deliver excellence at every level. As members, installers receive benefits including qualified leads via the lead generation programme, EAS branded marketing materials plus bespoke options, discounted NVQ training courses at Levels 2 and 3, access to video training, webinars and events via the Excellence Academy. COMPOSITE DOORS CONTINUE TO PERFORM » » A NEW REPORT FROM PALMER Market Research suggests the composite door sector will see significant growth through to 2021. According to The Market for Domestic Entrance Doors, composite doors now account for 54% of the market, the share rising to 56% by installed value with the inclusion of PVCu/ABS faced doors. This follows an above market forecast, 9% increase in volume last year to 758,000 doors. This contributed to 7.9% increase in installed value for the total entrance door market, the move to composites from PVCu panels inflating installed prices. Taken in its entirety, the market for entrance doors, however, remained relatively flat last year at 1.4million door sets, with growth of just 0.9%. This compares to the 2.2% seen last year. Despite the growth of composites, PVCu panels remained the second biggest material, accounting for 25% of the market in volume terms and 24% in installed value. This included modest growth in volume last year of 0.7% to 351,000 door sets. Timber accounted for 16% in volume and 15% in installed value. This included a 25% decline in volume to 228,000 doors . Steel faced door sets fell 12% in 2016 to 40,000 doors – supplied almost exclusively into new build.