Clearview North July 2014 - Issue 152 - Page 60

DOORS&WINDOWS DHF’s appoints training officer EXPANSION OF TRAINING PROGRAMME In its continuing drive to raise industry standards, the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has appointed a training officer to further develop training schemes in the door and powered gate sectors. Nick Perkins (pictured) is a respected advisor and trainer in access control and automation. He has also held senior training, audit and inspection roles in the telecoms and electrical sectors. He joins the DHF from BFT Automation (UK) Ltd where he trained installers both on the fitting and servicing of products, and on the legal obligations involved in powered gate installation. Said Michael Skelding, general manager and secretary of the DHF: “This is a key appointment for us. Raising standards of competence in the industry continues to be the driving force of the federation. Comprehensive training will underpin the established DHF Quality Assured Standards of manufacture, installation and service. 60 JUL 2014 “Nick will spearhead our expanding training programme which will embrace not only DHF members but also potential members, architects, specifiers and other building professionals.” Nick was instrumental in the setting up of successful DHF Powered Gate Safety Diploma which has seen more than 100 candidates successfully gain their qualifications. He will also take responsibility for the expansion of the DHF’s long-standing door systems National Vocational Qualification which takes delegates up to a level 2 NVQ. This is designed for engineers who install, service and repair a range of door types, including domestic garage doors, rolling shutters and pedestrian doors. In addition, Nick will direct the Fire Door Education Programme for professionals involved in the inspection, installation and repair of fire doors which the DHF runs jointly with BRE. Added Michael Skelding: “We are keen to provide high quality training in all the industry sectors in which we are involved. To that end we have plans to migrate elements of our existing training courses to the industrial door and shutter sector over the next few months. In addition, a DHF installer training scheme encompassing garage doors and garage door fittings will be developed in due course. Colordor - the revolution in colour Most homeowners ask for high quality doors that will transform their properties into something special. Increasingly, they are looking for coloured doors rather than traditional white or wood, but of course everyone wants value for money these days, and so they want these at minimal extra cost. Mark Cuthbert, Director of GBW, explains why their colour doors offer so much more than standard 44mm composites. Mark states that Colordor from GBW is NOT a coloured composite door, but a high performance foiled upvc system. The cool foil colour will not fade but will stay sharp and fresh, so customers can have full confidence that their property will look good for years to come. ‘We believe that Colordor is the perfect costeffective product for all properties’ “We’ve been designing and manufacturing doors in the UK for 35 years and with all our experience, we believe that Colordor is the perfect costeffective product for use in all properties,” he adds. ‘All backed by a 10 Year Warranty’ The unique Cool Colours foil technology reflects up to 80% of the NIR proportion of sunlight. This reduces the heating of the door’s surfaces by up to 20% four times better than standard foils and paints. 300 micron thick laminate, UV and scratch resistance come as a standard. Cool Colours include a real woodgrain “tick” which is truly stunning. “In addition: Colodor gives your customers as standard, triple glazing, a steel reinforced security core and the option of matching windows and sidelights. All backed by a 10 Year Warranty,” Mark says. A very impressive package - but one that is clearly designed to be affordable. Tel: 01905 459 060 To read more, visit