The recent announcement that the GGF has created RISA (Rushworth Inspection Services & Auditing) Ltd, a subsidiary to take over from FENSA’s inspections to audit installations within the replacement glazing sectors, has to be good news for the glazing industry. We welcome any move to raise the industry standards for the installation of windows and doors.
For many years we’ve been at the forefront of raising performance and standards. As the leading voice for energy efficient glazing we have seen the industry manufacture higher specification products than anyone thought possible ten years ago. It’s not just been in thermal efficiency. Security too has seen big improvements.
But the way these super-performing windows are installed is just the same as it’s always been: screws, foam and silicone, often covered up with plastic trims. That’s a problem, because the perimeter edge is the part of the installed window where it’s most vulnerable to heat loss. Fitted wrong, it doesn’t matter how well the manufactured window unit performs.
Edgetech has created an installation system that is designed to tackle these issues. TruFit is an expanding foam perimeter tape that makes installations more thermally efficient and look better. It offers installation companies a way to systemise fitting that’s not been possible in the past.
We believe 2016 will be the year that the focus will move onto installation methods as we’ve seen happen in manufacturing over the last decade. And the announcement by the GGF is part of the professionalisation of the installation of windows and doors in the industry.
Director of Sales and Marketing