Lancashire based Padiham Glass Ltd played host to a Window Energy Rating (WER) forum last week. Supported by Edgetech’s ‘Taking the stress out of window energy ratings’ series, the event gave practical advice to window fabricators and installers on achieving a competitive energy rating and how to use Energy Saving Recommended windows to increase sales. BM TRADA was also on hand with a step by step guide for WER applicants plus tips and hints on making sure the process runs smoothly.
The day was well attended, and delegates were also able to tour Padiham’s impressive new manufacturing facility, including its two fully automated Super Spacer® applicators which make Padiham one of the largest manufacturers of warm edge glass units in the UK.
Jeremy Kemp, Operations Director at Padiham explains why the event was a success: “We decided to host this event because having used Super Spacer for a year now we know how important it is to offer a high specification, quality unit. Our fabricator customers need this to achieve a good window energy rating that ensures they stay ahead of the competition. But despite all the publicity, it’s not always clear exactly what fabricators need to do to achieve the energy ratings, how long it will take and how much it will cost. We wanted to answer these questions for our customers and prospects.
“We appreciated the support we had from Edgetech and from BM Trada on the day, and feedback we’ve had since suggests everyone found the day useful.”
“The Padiham forum was a worthwhile day,” says Owen Swift, Owner of Swift Joinery Manufacturers Ltd. “I attended because although Swift Joinery has achieved some good energy ratings, I wanted to hear from the experts how to improve on these and what the perceived future of the initiative is in our industry. It did prove to be interesting with an explanation of the principles behind the ratings as well as simple steps on how to obtain the best ratings.”
“We don’t buy from Padiham Glass yet but we’re keen to use a sealed unit manufacturer that can offer warm edge technology,” says Barry Parker, Sales Manager of Rapid Frame Ltd. “We’ve already gained an A rating using Super Spacer but we needed more information relating to the energy ratings and warm edge technology before taking the next step, so this was a good opportunity to get the facts. The presentations given on the day were informative and answered all my questions.”
“We’re opening a new showroom later this year so we’re looking for additional selling features for our end product,” says Dave Highton, Managing Director of Atherton Windows. “An energy recommended window would certainly give us that, but we wanted to learn more about the benefits of warm edge technology, before we make the commitment to go down that path. The informative presentations explained the benefits well, which we can now pass on to our customers.”
John Ogilvie of Network Veka says: “I am a strong supporter of window energy ratings which are becoming an increasingly important opportunity for quality orientated companies to close business and add value to sales. I attended the workshop to ensure I was up to speed on the latest developments and to encourage customers to go down this route. I wasn't disappointed. The presentations were informative and professionally presented. Well done.”
“The number of people that attended this forum is a reflection of the fact window energy ratings are gathering pace,” adds Andy Ball, Edgetech Marketing and Business Development Manager. “Before long they will become mainstream, which is why we’re pleased to be helping our customers get there first.”