Building Regulation changes come into force from June, but how will they affect contractors?


New Approved Documents were introduced at the end of 2021, as well as changes to others. Approved Document O has been created, while Approved Documents F and L have been amended. These all have an impact on both new homes and existing properties. There will be a 30% cut on emissions introduced for new homes and a 27% cut on … Continue reading

Moving and improving – The housing trend sparking demand for professional builders and installers

CPA houses builders tradesmen

The UK Property Transactions Count published in March 2016 by the HM Revenue and Customs shows that the residential property transaction completions with a value of £40,000 or above peaked in March 2016 – reaching 161,990 compared with 91,490 in March 2015. Jeremy Brett, Managing Director of the CPA, says the increase in properties exchanging hands is creating profitable opportunities … Continue reading

Installer Survey 2016

Installer Survey 2016

Positivity surrounds industry amidst consumer spending rise, but skills shortages could stifle growth *Not all figures will add up to 100% because there was the option to answer n/a for some questions. Installers expect to win business, and are widely confident about the industry, in 2016 and expect consumer spending to continue to increase. However, issues such as skills shortages … Continue reading

How the double glazing industry is changing

double glazing industry

A recent report on the double glazing industry has highlighted several ways in which the industry is currently changing. The Insight Data Window Industry Report 2014 Produced by award-winning data supplier for the construction, fenestration and double glazing industries, Insight Data, the recently released Window Industry Report 2014 investigates growing trends in the industry based on performance in the last … Continue reading

What do homeowners really think about double glazing installers?

The Consumer Protection Association

CPA Director Jeremy Brett tells Glass Times about the recent consumer survey his organisation has commissioned, which is the first of its kind and asked homeowners up and down the country what they really think about home improvement companies. With the UK economy seemingly steady; unemployment falling and recent government reforms introduced to allow consumers to cash in their pensions, … Continue reading

Will spending on double glazing products increase in 2015?

double glazing

With the construction and fenestration industry experiencing something of a slowdown in growth this year, many installers are asking the question will spending on double glazing products increase in 2015? Here’s our thoughts on the subject… Results from our homeowner survey are in and they have reason to be hopeful Here at The CPA, we recently conducted an independent survey … Continue reading

How will pension reforms affect the construction and fenestration industry?

How will pension reforms affect the construction and fenestration industry?

What effect might recent pension reforms have on the construction and fenestration industries? We decided to explore what consequences they could potentially have for our sector… Pension reforms: what you need to know As of April 2015, the way people over 55 are able to access their final pensions changed. Due to recent government reforms, ostensibly to provide greater choice … Continue reading

The women taking construction and glazing by storm

Women in construction and glazing: Sarah Mitchell, Su Butcher, Petita Wiles, Gemma Roe

Attitudes towards women working in construction and glazing are gradually changing for the better, but with only 11% of construction employees being of the fairer sex, there is still a way to go. We’ve recently explored how successful 2014 was for women in trade, but who are the driving forces behind improving attitudes within the industry? Here are some of … Continue reading

I’m an installer get VAT out of here!

Jeremy Brett, Managing Director of the Consumer Protection Association

  The influential Consumer Protection Association (CPA) will be welcoming Nadine Dorries MP – star of ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ – to their offices next month to discuss issues affecting the industry. CPA Director Jeremy Brett says that one of the topics they will be talking about is the organisation’s long-running campaign to abolish VAT on … Continue reading

2014: The year for women in construction and glazing

Was 2014 the year for women in construction and glazing?

  Amazingly, a recent report by the Be Onsite scheme found that before 2014 women made up 11% of the total workforce employed in the construction industry. Of these, only 2% were directly employed in manual construction roles. So how was 2014 for women in the construction and glazing industries? Over the past year there have been several campaigns, schemes … Continue reading