What does 2015 hold for the fenestration industry?

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  2014 was an excellent year for the fenestration industry. But what does 2015 hold? Here’s our predictions for the coming year. The economy Official forecasts from the Treasury have predicted the UK’s GDP to grow 0.6%. If this proves to be correct, the UK economy will have grown by 2.6% last year: one of the highest figures of growth … Continue reading

Installer Barometer 2014 [Infographic]

Infographic about the double glazing / fenestration industry in 2015

We recently published the results of our annual Installer Barometer. This survey explores how installers think the glazing and fenestration industry is doing during the year. We thought we’d create an infographic to help you digest the information a bit more easily. The CPA: a leading supplier of Insurance Backed Guarantees across the industry Recently named as one of the … Continue reading

What will the double glazing industry look like in 2015?

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  Every year we conduct a survey to discover what installers really think about the state of the industry and the economy. The results from our latest Installer Barometer have recently landed and they make very interesting reading when it comes to determining what we think about the current health of the glass and glazing industry.   Installer performance in … Continue reading

What impact has compulsory IBGs had on the industry?

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The recent legislation changes that affected the provision of Insurance Backed Guarantees (IBGs) in the industry were a long time coming. These changes, as expected, have provoked a lot of debate, both in and outside of the industry. What is an Insurance Backed Guarantee? This legislative change meant that, from 6 June 2014, an Insurance Backed Guarantee became a legal … Continue reading

Installer report reveals optimism across the board but concerns over legislation

Jeremy Brett, Managing Director of the Consumer Protection Association

Installers are overwhelmingly positive about 2015 but have failed to see the benefit of recent legislation changes. These are the headline findings from the annual Consumer Protection Association installer barometer. The CPA commissioned Insight Data to carry out the extensive report, which asked more than 12,000 installers a series of questions related to business performance and expectations for the years … Continue reading

Double glazing lowers energy consumption: why is it taxed?

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The government offers a reduction in VAT for certain ‘energy saving’ products. Currently, these home improvements products such as wall, floor and loft insulation, solar panels, wind turbines, wood-fuelled boilers, and air-source heat pumps. Amazingly though, double glazing does not qualify for this reduction: even though it is one of the most effective, and most popular, methods used by homeowners … Continue reading

Building momentum in the housing sector good news for installers

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  Building momentum in the housing sector is undoubtedly good news for installers, but things could slow in the long term. This is the view of the Consumer Protection Association Director (CPA) Jeremy Brett. The CPA is a leading installer support body and was recently named by Fensa as one of only a handful of accredited companies able to provide … Continue reading

Do you offer the products homeowners want?

Homeowners satisfied with their new home improvement products; hug, yellow house, couple

In a previous article, we’ve talked about what homeowners look for in a home improvement contractor. But what criteria do they look for in a product? Whether you’re offering a high value home addition, such as a new conservatory, or a more routine repair service, homeowners will want to know that you offer the products they want. Sometimes, homeowners are … Continue reading

Tradesmen: Home Improvement Deposits FAQs

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Should you take a deposit up front? And if so, how much? Trust is a two-way street. We’ve all read the stories in the newspaper and seen the programmes on TV about cowboy builders. Less publicised is the rising trend of consumers simply not paying for their home improvements. Consumers might be reluctant to pay money up front, but given … Continue reading

The Green Deal: Make or Break Time

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In our previous blogs about the Green Deal, we have analysed the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme, why it is not working and what plans the government and the Green Deal Finance Company have to boost uptake and participation. Only time will tell whether these alterations the Green Deal will work. However, now that the initial enthusiasm has been and … Continue reading