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NFRC Appoints New Head of Training

NFRC has announced the recent appointment of Livia Williams MBA, FIoR, as the Head of Training. This new, vital full-time role will ensure that NFRC can deliver the maximum training benefit to its membership.

With over 17 years of experience working within the roofing industry, Livia has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge, and dedicated her work to supporting the industry at strategic level, with the development of training, management and qualifying the workforce. Many within the industry will of course know of her involvement with the Roofing Industry Alliance, as well as playing a key role in engaging with CITB and other industry partners.

On her new role, Livia Williams, said, “I look forward to taking on the role, developing clear strategy and objectives, focusing on members’ skills and training requirements: apprenticeships, a fully qualified workforce at all levels, management and leadership. These are vital to our future and stimulating roofing sector growth.”

This comment was echoed by NFRC Chief Executive, James Talman, who went on to add “I am delighted that Livia has joined the NFRC Management team and that her strategic approach, determination and enthusiasm will enable us to tackle the challenges of achieving the desired, cross-industry qualified competent workforce for our membership and beyond.”

Livia will be officially taking up the role from the 1st April 2016.

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FAKRO Flat Roof Windows Set New Standards

When it comes to making recommendations for a flat roof window there’s been remarkably little in the way of choice but a steady succession of new products from FAKRO has finally given designers and contractors the degree of choice they have wanted for so long.

Just as importantly they have all been designed for ease of fitting. On the back of success with the stylish triple-glazed DEF U6 window, 2016 will see launches of more new products at exhibitions such as Grand Designs Live at London Excel (Stand B400 30 April – 8 May) and the NEC’s National Home Building & Renovating show (Stand D183 14 – 17 April).

The DEF U6 redefined the style of flat roof windows with its sleek appearance and bigger glazing area but, more importantly, it took thermal insulation in such a product to a new level.  Its energy-efficient, triple-glazed unit is bonded into the PVC sash using the latest adhesive technology and has a 6mm thick toughened glass outer and laminated, P2A anti-burglary inner pane.

With a U-value as low as 0.88 W/m2K it’s ideal for Passivhaus projects, though the quadruple-glazed U8 unit (U-value 0.58) is even better. Multi-chamber frames, flexible seals and warm spacers help retain airtightness and maintain these windows’ high standard of insulation.

The launch of FAKRO ‘ColourLine’ has taken the offering a stage further by enabling outer cladding to be specified in any RAL colour from the ‘Classic Palette’.

So, whether a window needs to blend in with a green roof or match colours used in terrace landscaping the scope is virtually limitless. Roof windows no longer need an upstand either as the DXW window has been designed specifically to take heavy foot traffic.

Its specially strengthened sash, glazing unit and wear-resistant, anti-slip surface make the product perfect for fitting flush within the roofline.

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Eurowall +, the full-fill cavity wall product from PIR manufacturer Recticel Insulation, has been certified as a Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Registered Detail.

The company says Registered Detail status ensures that products and systems are accepted by building control departments across England, Scotland and Wales, increasing confidence for inspectors on site when approving the use of new or innovative construction techniques.

Approval involves looking at product performance data and other third-party approvals such as BBA certificates, in order to prove compliance with building regulations and standards, and to ease the process of making submissions to building control for customers wanting to specify and use the product.

The assessment started at a local level, with initial checking carried out by senior building control officers at Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Approval was then signed off at a national level, ready for the Detail to be accepted by local authorities across the UK.

Peter Wilcox, development manager for Recticel, said: “Eurowall + joins LABC’s library of rigorously checked systems and products, ready for use by architects, specifiers and contractors. We look forward to working with LABC again on other new and exciting product innovations.”

Eurowall + is an LABC Registered Detail under certificate number EWW620. Recticel Insulation says it is a full-fill cavity wall insulation that changes the way a wall works, without changing the way contractors work, as a nominal 10mm cavity behind the outer leaf leaves space for bricklayers to position bricks as normal, while the thermal performance of the wall is increased without widening the structure.

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Keylite Kick Off 2016 with More Choice and More Performance

Keylite has started the year with an attractive proposition to builders in the form of more choice and more performance within their range of roof windows.

Users will be pleasantly surprised by price reductions of around 15% on a range of very popular Keylite products. The new initiative addresses the growing popularity of the company’s white painted windows as Managing Director John Duffin explains: “Previously our customers paid a surcharge for White painted windows compared to the traditional Pine alternative. But now we have decided to reduce the price by around 15% which effectively opens up the choice of finish where users will no longer be constrained by an additional cost.

“In addition to the price reduction, the specification of the standard white painted windows has also been upgraded and now offers more performance as the windows will now include laminated inner glazing panes for enhanced safety which is particularly important in overhead applications.”

Commenting on the specification change John Duffin said “Quite simply these are our best white painted windows ever combining all the familiar Keylite innovations with new lower prices and improved glazing.

“We want to give the market both value and choice so will continue to service both the Pine and White ranges equally via our merchants supported from our extensive stock in South Derbyshire.”

The new pricing at Keylite becomes effective from 1st February 2016.

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