Clearview National September 2015 - Issue 166 - Page 30

INDUSTRYNEWS New glass repair technical document released »»The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce the release of a new technical Data Sheet entitled, Glass Repair Removal of Surface Damage from Glass. The publication covers the optical and quality factors that influences the appearance of glass following surface repair. The major emphasis of this new technical document is on the visual performance when glass is viewed from inside a building. Bob Griffin of Re-newglass and Chairman of the GGF Glass Repair Group commented: “This will prove not only a highly useful data sheet but also a very important one for the sector. For some time there has been concern in the industry over glass polishing and in particular on toughened glass. This document answers those concerns.” The Data Sheet addresses causes and types of glass surface and edge damage as well as optical and visual quality across many types of glass including annealed, toughened, laminated and coated glass. It then explains the repair process and method of assessment. Bob added: “I am very pleased this publication has been released. It will provide vital information for customers and glass producers who are looking for guidance on treatment options for surface damage. It is the authoritative technical publication that should become a required industry reference for all looking to repair glass.” The Glass Repair Removal of Surface Damage (Ref 5.15.1) from Glass Data Sheet is available for free download for all GGF Members from the Members’ Area of the GGF website. Non-Members of the GGF can buy this new product direct from the GGF Shop http://shop. ggfmembers.com The GGF Glass Repair Group is currently reviewing its online presence and is planning to create three new sections on the GGF Website in the autumn including; Industry Case Studies, Five Steps to Help Decide on Glass Repair and a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Glass Repair. To find out more visit http:// www.ggf.org.uk/group/glassrepair-group GGF reacts to green deal funding announcement »»The Government announced that there will be no further funding to the Green Deal Finance Company, in a move to protect taxpayers. The announcement made by Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd, stated that Government will work with the building industry and consumer groups on a new value-for-money approach. Amber Rudd also announced that the Government will stop any future funding releases of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. The Government recognises that future schemes must provide better value for money whilst supporting the goal of insulating a million more homes over the next five years to fulfil the Government’s commitment to tackle fuel poverty. This announcement stressed that the funding decision has no impact on existing Green Deal Finance Plans or existing Green Deal Home Improvement Fund applications and vouchers. 30 » SE P 2015 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M Amber Rudd, Energy and Climate Change Secretary said: “We are on the side of hardworking families and businesses – which is why we cannot continue to fund the Green Deal. It’s now time for the building industry and consumer groups to work with us to make new policy and build a system that works.” In response to the announcement, Nigel Rees, GGF Group Chief Executive commented: “The announcement was no surprise. During the last Government, the GGF constantly worked with DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) on the development of Green Deal and ECO and consistently explained why both programmes would not work for the replacement window industry; this has been proven by the extremely low numbers of glazing measures installations, 223 under Green Deal and 972 under ECO. Combined, these figures do not even make up 0.1% of the total measures installed under the schemes. The GGF now looks forward to working w ith the current Government to ‘make new policy and build a system that works’ as outlined by Amber Rudd.” Current Government policies including the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme will continue to provide support this year to low-income and vulnerable households. www.ggf.org.uk