Archive | February, 2014

How our webinars work

28 Feb

Are you interested in attending FENSA’s free one hour online seminars, (webinars)? This blog will show you how easy it is to register, attend, ask questions, provide feedback and receive a recording of the webinar.


So, let’s start at the beginning. You will find details of the webinars such as dates, times, subjects and registration links throughout all FENSA’s social media, the website and the installers’ area. You will need to have access to a computer, internet browser, internet connection and a sound system.

Once you have decided on the webinar you wish to attend, you will need to register your free place. The registration link will take you straight to the registration form which only takes a couple of minutes to fill in. On completion of the form you will receive a registration confirmation email. This email will contain the details of the webinar and your personal registration link to use to attend the webinar when it takes place. In the run up to the webinar you will also receive a timely reminder email on the day before and an hour before the webinar starts.

It is a good idea to allow yourself ten minutes or so before the start of the webinar to click your registration link and follow the simple instructions to get set up.

Now sit back and listen to the webinar speaker. There may be an onscreen presentation as well. Depending on the format of the webinar, there is usually an opportunity to ask questions. This is done by just typing out your question and sending it. You do not have to speak.

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After the conclusion of the webinar, you will be sent a thank you email with the opportunity to provide us with your feedback by completing a short survey. We then collate all this information to help us plan future events. Once the surveys are received we are then able to email you a link to a recording of the webinar for your records. The recording can then be referred back to at a later date.

FENSA’s programme of free one hour webinars provide a great deal of useful information and answers to your questions and are an opportunity not to be missed.

The details of our next three webinars on Transition to Certified Installer Status and the MTCs are below.

Hope you can join us.

Pass your Transition to Certified Installer Status

Thursday 6 March 2014 Time: 7-8pm
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Thursday 20 March 2014 Time: 1-2pm
Book your free seminar place here,286TR,76KK80,82C4U,1

Pass your MTC Assessment

Thursday 27 March 2014 Time: 7-8pm
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The Consumer and the Changes!

26 Feb

As a regular reader of our blog you may have noticed a lot of talk about Transition to Certified Installer (TCI) and the FENSA MTC card. This may have all seemed like a foreign language to you as at the end of the day, what you are interested in, is a job well done and a FENSA certificate, so you know your installation complies with Building Regulations. This is essential if you are thinking of selling your property in the future.


The key thing here is you want a job well done. The government has introduced revised glazing Competent Person Scheme (CPS) requirements to help to ensure just that, by further improving standards in the domestic replacement window and door industry. In addition to the revised TCI requirements, the government now requires all registered installers to comply with the industry’s Minimum Technical Competencies (MTC), an opportunity for individual installers and surveyors to improve their credentials and registered companies to improve the skills base of their workforce.

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So how will these improvements to standards affect you, the consumer?

Let’s start with the revised glazing CPS requirements. These were introduced by the Department for Communities and Local Governments (DCLG) in 2012. With over 8,000 registered companies in FENSA alone needing to transition, the deadline for compliance is set as June 2014. Once a company has registered on the revised scheme they are known as ‘Certified Installers’. This will result in a further increase in workmanship standards and customer service. Great news for the consumer!

So what about the FENSA MTC card? All installers who work within a Competent Person Scheme such as FENSA will need to be compliant with the industry’s MTCs such as holding a FENSA MTC Card. This is similar to the sort of card you will have seen held by electricians and plumbers. As the name suggests, the FENSA MTC card will let the consumer know the installer and surveyor is well qualified, with qualifications such as NVQ Level 2 and from online tests. It is great to know your installer has the skills and competencies to carry out your installation to a nationally recognised standard. The FENSA MTC card also shows the identity of your installer so you know exactly who you are dealing with, and will help eliminate rogue traders. The card is very sophisticated as the data held on the installer can be viewed by scanning the card with a smartphone. The installer and surveyor’s experience, training and qualifications will all be shown and the technology ensures the data is always up to date. Standards will be maintained with the MTC cardholder being re-assessed every five years, to ensure they have kept their skills and knowledge current and they are up to date with any further changes that have been introduced.

So there you have it! Just by choosing a FENSA registered installer, the consumer can be assured of the highest possible standards in the Fenestration industry.

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Things are looking up!

11 Feb

With the doom and gloom of the recent weeks’ rain and storms, you may wonder what we are referring to.

Well, we are very pleased to let you know that 2013 saw the first year on year increase of replacement window and door installation notifications since 2007.

Not only can we bring you that great news but also the figures show that during 2013 there have been 4.5% more installations than 2012. So it certainly seems like things are looking up.

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So how do we know this? Here at FENSA, we collate the installation numbers to enable us to compare different years, quarters and even months. For example we know that notifications in December 2013 were up by 25% on December 2012. Of course all this information is very useful statistically but more than that it provides a vital insight in to the health of our industry.

The figures we have just published are very encouraging, with 75% of monthly notifications in 2013 higher than 2012 as can be seen below:

April 2013 +11.3%

May 2013 +2.9%

June 2013 +12%

July 2013 +9.9%

August 2013 +5.5%

September 2013 +13.2%

October 2013 +0.5%

December 2013 +25.2%

The total number of installations for 2013 was 702,495, quite an amazing figure, although still 27% lower than the highest point in 2007. But seven years on it appears our industry is now going in the right direction and hopefully this growth will continue throughout 2014. Look out for our quarterly figures which we will be publishing during the year.

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We mentioned at the beginning of this blog the bad weather that has plagued us for the last few weeks and would like to know if you have found it has affected your business. Please let us know about your experiences in the comments below.

Building Blocks Series 15: Aldar Headquarters

6 Feb

The next amazing building in our Building Blocks series is a skyscraper but not as we know it. The headquarters of Aldar, a property and investment company in Abu Dhabi, are housed in a round, coin shaped circle of glass.

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This iconic structure is completely circular and fully glazed, standing 124m tall. It took 3 years to build from 2007-2010 and was designed by architects MZ and Partners. It boasts 23 floors and 3 basement levels and is located in a unique position surrounded by the sea, desert and a canal.

The design was inspired by the shape of a clam shell with the two giant circular curved walls of glass bringing to mind an open shell. The original design required a total of 10,000 different pieces of glass for the façade but as this proved to be impractical; it was refined with panels in the diamond-shaped steel ‘diagrid’ of a similar size enabling the striking shape of the building. The hemispherical facades comprising two circular shaped convex shapes are joined by a narrow strip of corrugated glass.

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This stunning circular building stands at an elevation from west to east, allowing both the sunset and sunrise to be reflected in its shiny surface.

The building has received several awards and recognitions, including one for the “Best Futuristic Design” by The Building Exchange.

You might like to take a look at this Time Lapse video of the construction of the building.