Archive | June, 2014

New IBG requirement

26 Jun

This month it became a Government requirement for Competent Person Schemes within the replacement glazing industry in England and Wales to ensure that their Registered Businesses provide all replacing windows/doors domestic customers with an Insurance Back Guarantee (IBG), rather than just offer one.

This change applies to all Competent Person Schemes not just FENSA.

To help its Registered Businesses FENSA has compiled a list of Approved IBG Providers (Insurance companies) to fit the new IBG. All insurance companies listed have been the subject of due diligence by FENSA that has involved checking the cover provided in the policies that will be sold to homeowners.

FENSA Approved Insurance Providers
(In alphabetical order)

The Consumer Protection Association (CPA)
thecpa.co.uk
T: 01462 850062
info@thecpa.co.uk

GGFi Limited
ggfi.org.uk
T: 0870 850 8281
info@ggfi.org.uk

Home Improvement Protection (HIP)
homeimprovementprotection.com
T: 01359 252202
admin@homeimprovementprotection.com

HomePro Insurance
homepro.com
T: 08707 344344
enquiry@homepro.com

IBGs
ibgs.co.uk

T: 0333 014 5566
admin@ibgs.co.uk

Independent Warranty (IWA)
iwa.biz
T: 01604 604511
enquiries@iwa.biz

Installations Assured
iaibg.co.uk
T: 01234 855377
enquiries@iaibg.co.uk

Insured Windows Guarantees Ltd (IWG)
iwgltd.com
T: 01924 783650 or 08000 730506
enquiries@iwgltd.com

NHG Guarantees
nhg-guarantees.com
T: 07917 448688
membershipsales@qanw.co.uk

Plastic Window Federation (PWF)
pwfed.co.uk
T: 01582 456147
ins@pwfed.co.uk

Quality Assured National Warranties (QANW)
qanw.co.uk
T: 01292 292701
membershipsales@qanw.co.uk

 

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Due to the new requirements some IBG providers will no longer fulfil the necessary criteria to sell these policies. FENSA is continually working with insurance companies to enable them to become part of FENSA’s Approved IBG Provider list.

If your insurance company is not on FENSA’s Approved IBG Provider list, you will need to make arrangements to switch supplier to one of FENSA’s approved companies as soon as possible.

All FENSA registered businesses have been supplied with the updated list directly.

If FENSA Registered Businesses have any questions about IBGs please telephone 020 7397 7208 or email transitions@fensa.org.uk

 

FENSA at The FIT Show 2014

19 Jun

The Fabricator Installer Trade Show saw its second year at the International Centre in Telford and FENSA was part of the three-day event.

The number of installers visiting the show seemed to be down slightly on last year but the number of visitors wanting to speak to the FENSA team was high and we dealt with a large number of enquiries.

The level of enquiries was to be expected given the number of changes for installers this month. Transition to Certified Installers, Minimum Technical Competence (MTC) compliance and changes to IBGs all came into effect just prior to The FIT Show on 6 June.

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To give you all a summary of the types of questions the FENSA team were asked here are a few below:

Transition to Certified Installer

Q: My FENSA account has been frozen because I have not passed a Transition inspection. What do I do?

A: You need to book a Transition inspection between now and 1st September 2014 and your FENSA account will be unfrozen. Ring or email the Transition Helpdesk – Tel 020 7397 7208 or transitions@fensa.org.uk.

Q: But you checked my documentation when I joined!

A: If you joined FENSA after July 2013, then you do not need to undergo the Transition Inspection, this is only applicable to companies who have joined FENSA prior to Jul 2013. Once you have passed it, you do not need to have them checked again for another 3 years.
 

Q: I have my Transition Inspection documents ready but am waiting for my MTC card before I book the inspection.

A: Please do not delay and wait to get your MTC done first. Both the Transition Inspection and the MTC need to be done at the earliest opportunity. They are two different things – Transitions assess the technical competence at the company level, MTCs are at the individual level.

MTCs

Q: What do I need to do to sort out MTCs?

A: One solution is to register for the FENSA MTC Card – either through experience or qualifications. At FIT we took installers next door where GGF Training could sign people up there and then. If you’d like to book in then please contact GGF Training today (tel/0844 848 2855 or training@ggftraining.com)

Q: I’ve been doing this for 40 years why do I need one?

A: You don’t need one if your work is approved by Local Authority Building Control. If your employer is self-certifying with a scheme like FENSA, you are required to comply with the industry’s MTC requirements. Your industry experience still counts – a minimum of two years is required which is self-declared and verified by taking a Knowledge Test and an Onsite Assessment.

IBGs

Q: Is FENSA making money out of all these IBG policies now required?

A: FENSA does not earn a penny from the sales of IBGs – either now or in the past.

Q: My insurance company is not on FENSA’s Approved IBG Provider List. Do I have to change my IBG provider?

A: Yes. You will need to immediately contact your insurance company and advise them of the requirement. You may find that they are in the process of approval and then you need not take any action. If your supplier is not prepared to apply to become approved by FENSA then you will need to change your supplier.

If you need any further information on any of these topics please call:

Transitions and IBG – FENSA on 020 7397 7208

MTCs – GGF Training on 0844 848 2855

 

Master Fitter Challenge

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In addition to meeting our registered businesses and offering guidance on the topics above the main highlight of the show was the Master Fitter Challenge. FENSA sponsored the event as part of its commitment to promoting best practice among fitters.

The eight finalists were David Pulford and Jack Elm from Everest, David Keats and Jonathon Mountford from DK Windows, Steven Price and Terry Griffin from Conwy Valley Windows and Conservatories, Karl Kinsey and Paul Casbolt from Yes Glazing Solutions, Scott Higgs and colleague from Walkers Windows, Dave Eagles and colleague from Xavier Windows, Craig Hanson from Pennine Trade and Retail and last year’s winner Arron Clegg working with his father Andy from Eco-Sash.

Spectators looked on as the finalists competed against one another over the first two days of the show. An individual GQA inspector was assigned to each team who were each tasked with replacing a bay window, installing a residential composite door and fault-finding a second resi-door.

Taking this year’s title were Karl Kinsey and Paul Casbolt from Yes Glazing Solutions with runners ups prizes going to Conwy Valley and Eco-Sash.

YesGlazing Winner

We would like to congratulate all the winners on their success!

FENSA announces sanctions for non-compliance

4 Jun

FENSA has received confirmation from UKAS* that it has met the Conditions of Authorisation required by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) – the rules under which FENSA operates. This means that it has been accepted that a successfully transitioned FENSA Certified installation company will have met all the competency requirements of Transition – including for staff competence.

The FENSA certification approach requires the introduction of a sanctions policy that will be levelled at those registered businesses that do not complete a Transition Inspection by the deadline of 6 June 2014.

These are the details:

A non-transitioned registered business will find its FENSA account frozen from 9 June (and will be informed of this at the point of notification on the FENSA website). To unfreeze the account, the installer will need to contact FENSA via the dedicated Transition Helpline or Email (020 7397 7208 / transitions@fensa.org.uk).

These businesses will be required to make a commitment to undertake a Transition Inspection before the 1st September 2014. Immediately they make that commitment the FENSA account will be unfrozen. The FENSA inspections body (the BBA) will then be in contact to arrange this Transition Inspection.

Registered Businesses with ‘frozen’ FENSA accounts will be prevented from registering notifiable installations and will no longer have the company listing publicly available on the FENSA website.

From the 1st September 2014, where Non-Transitioned registered businesses fail to follow these procedures and fail to inform FENSA of a notifiable installation for a Transition Inspection, the following additional sanctions will apply. The FENSA account will be frozen until a Transition Inspection has been successfully undertaken and failure to complete a Transition Inspection by the 31st December 2014 may result in the registration being suspended and the issuing of a 28-day notice of registration removal.

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The position regarding Minimum Technical Competencies (MTCs) is clarified as follows.

Up to 31 May 2015 a FENSA registered company is required to employ operatives (installers and surveyors) who are deemed competent, or are adequately supervised by competent colleagues, to ensure that a job complies with Building Regulations and is safely completed. Demonstration of competence during this period could be by the holding of an industry recognised competency card and/or qualification.

The FENSA registered business will need to record that its staff comply by maintaining a register of approved surveyors and installers. This Staff Competency Register will be available on the FENSA website.

After 31 May 2015 all relevant installers, surveyors and installer/surveyors will need to prove competency – by holding a recognised card or relevant qualification.

Chris Mayne, FENSA managing director commented: “FENSA, and the other glazing CPSs, operate under 21 Conditions of Authorisation set down by the government (DCLG). FENSA is assessed against these Conditions by UKAS. Condition 9, which all CPSs have to meet, requires us to assess registered businesses on technical competency against national occupational standards under MTC.” Mayne adds: “This means that our registered businesses that have transitioned to Certified Installer will be deemed compliant.”

“To help the industry achieve this FENSA will be launching a Staff Competency Register in the summer (available online to companies that have Transitioned) for companies to record the status of their employees and sub-contractors. Compliance will be assessed by BBA during its usual inspections.”

“However, the competency requirements move forward, post 31 May 2015, to focus on the individual installers and surveyors. All operatives who work for self-certifying installation companies will need to hold a competency card (like the FENSA MTC Card) or relevant qualifications. They will need to demonstrate that this is the case.”

There will be sanctions in place that will apply to companies that do not follow this procedure – and they will include inspections, re-inspections, suspensions and potential cancellation of FENSA registration.

The employment of competent operatives by self-certifying installation businesses is a requirement of all glazing Competence Person Schemes. If a company wishes to continue self-certifying it will need to state that it has a competent workforce. The easiest route to achieve this is by getting its operatives registered for the FENSA MTC Card – and selecting either the industry experience or qualifications route – http://www.fensa.org.uk

*UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) – is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess against agreed standards for organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection & calibration services.