As with every great organisation FENSA’s success is a result of good teamwork, not only within FENSA itself but also in conjunction with our sister companies and other organisations. In this blog we will give you a brief insight in to some of these companies and their function. Please click the links if you would like to find out more.
You are probably more familiar with its acronym, the BFRC, but what exactly is it? The BFRC is a subsidiary of the GGF. It exists as a voluntary scheme using energy labels specifically produced for windows to show their energy efficiency and compliance with the Building Regulations. The window rating label, which is similar to the ones you see on fridges and washing machines, helps the consumer make an informed decision about the windows they choose and how well they will perform. Consumers are increasingly requesting rated windows and due to this increase the number of rated windows on the BRFC scheme is doubling each year. This is good news for the installer as the BFRC is boosting support for registered companies to help maximise sales and continue raising awareness. Look out for the BFRC’s new homeowner window energy rating certificate which features the ‘rainbow’ colour label which can be issued if the BFRC’s energy ratings are used as a route to Building Regulations compliance.
The GGF was founded in 1977 to cover all aspects of the glass and windows industry and now also solar applications. The GGF is recognised by government and plays a large part in the setting of new standards and regulations, such as The Building Regulations and more recently the Green Deal. The GGF worked to make sure the Government included windows in the Green Deal and to ensure that its members stood to benefit from the initiative. When companies join the GGF they receive many benefits such as support, advice and information. In the same way a FENSA registered company can use the FENSA logo, the company is able to use the GGF logo to demonstrate their commitment to working to the highest possible standards. FENSA is a subsidiary of the GGF working hard to ensure that energy efficient windows and doors are installed to the appropriate Building Regulations in order to comply with current planning rules and by doing so enable our registered companies to self-certify compliance under these Building Regulations without the need for a separate assessment from Building Control.
FENSA installers are required to have in place for their customers deposit protection (if deposits are taken), and must offer an extension of their own guarantee/warranty using an independent insurance policy provider such as GGFI. This is called an Insurance-Backed Guarantee (IBG) which is a very important form of insurance for your customers as it protects the homeowner should the installation company cease to trade. This can be crucial in the event something goes wrong with the installation after the company no longer exists and their guarantee cannot be fulfilled.
Do let us know if you have any specific questions about any of the organisations we have talked about.