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CAB Diary 2016

cabOur next event is:

- CAB Regional
Members’ Meeting:
Wednesday 12 October, Mercedes Benz World, Weybridge

For further details
contact Justin Ratcliffe,
Chief Executive or
Julie Harley,
Office Manager
at the CAB office on 01453 828851


cabREYNAERS systems, including CS 86-HI, CS 77, CW 50 and Vision 50 were chosen to play their part in a regeneration scheme on the site of the former Greenwich District Hospital.
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cabThe £12.65 million Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University become the first education building in the UK to achieve BREEAM “Outstanding” with the help of architectural glazing systems from KAWNEER.
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cabJohn Sisk & Son, part of the family-run SISK Group, has chosen aluminium building systems specialist, HUECK UK as preferred supplier for future projects.
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cabArchitectural glazing systems from Kawneer feature on the only purpose-built arena, convention and exhibition centre in Europe.
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cabOne New Bailey is a new office development in Salford on the north bank of the River Irwell, situated next to Spinningfields and close the Lowry Hotel.
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cabArchitectural aluminium systems by KAWNEER have played a key part in the design of the facade of Swansea University’s new Bay Campus, said to be the largest construction project in South Wales.
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Stanhope Plc has appointed English Architectural Glazing as facade trade contractor to provide a mixture of aluminium curtain walling, windows, sliding doors and bespoke aluminium baguette rain screen feature cladding to plots of the former BBC Television Centre.
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Customade Group has unveiled REAL ALUMINIUM, a range of domestic windows, doors and lantern roofs said to make pricing, quoting and promoting aluminium easier than ever.
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DEBAR has launched its DeWall aluminium Bi-folding door system into the UK following its debut at Fensterbau in March.
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WINLOCK SECURITY has launched a free Document Q accreditation system to allow fabricators and installers to use its test reports free of charge with immediate effect.
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When the glasstec trade fair opens its doors in Düsseldorf on 20-23 September, BYSTRONIC glass will present more than 50 years of experience.
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UK Construction Week will once again offer an entertainment programme including the return of its beer festival and much more.
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PROMAC GROUP has said it expects September’s Glasstec to be one of the most important for new industry innovation.
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The GGF has issued a free promotional support pack to all its retail member companies to show consumers they are part of
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Start-ups and new entrepreneurs entering the door hardware industry are being targeted in a membership drive by the GUILD OF ARCHITECTURAL IRONMONGERS.
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Celebrations have been taking place at hardware supplier KENRICK as Steve Williams, Sales and Marketing Director at the firm, celebrates 40 continuous years’ service in the window industry.
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The team behind the FIT Show has appointed Rik Henderson as Sales Executive.
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The PROMAC GROUP has announced the appointment of Lee Marriott as Regional Sales Manager South.
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cabMark Hanson has left Ultraframe after more than 20 years to join aluminium systems manufacturer Kawneer.
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cabJack Aluminium celebrates one year in its new distribution centre in Coventry.
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Commercial fabricator The Sovereign Group has been appointed to the Central Housing Investment Consortium (CHIC), contract to supply aluminium windows.
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cabAluminium fabricator DUTEMÄNN has announced it will now offer the new AV3 autoLock from Winkhaus within its Haus range of entrance doors.
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cabSCHUECO UK LTD, has announced that the refurbishment of the Schueco Network Centre in Milton Keynes is now complete.
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QUICKSLIDE has launched an aluminium window range, promising to make the material as easy for the installer as choosing PVC-U.
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TOTAL GLASS has added the full WarmCore system to its aluminium range.
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Aluminium fabricator the TWR Group has chosen a complete package of EMMEGI machinery for its new factory in Peterlee, County Durham which is set to open soon.
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cabCARL F GROUPCO has added the Titan AF tilt and turn system its range of Siegenia hardware.
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ULTION has added the BSI Kitemark to its list of accreditations alongside its existing TS007 3 star, Sold Secure Diamond and police approved Secured by Design certifications.
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UAP has launched its new black iron door hardware range.
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ALUFOLDDIRECT has doubled its fabrication space with the launch of its new 35,000sqft aluminium door and window factory in Blackburn, Lancashire.
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Sunderland-based TWR BIFOLDS is making its aluminium bi-fold doors available in Wales for the first time.
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As the dust settles after the BREXIT vote, everyone is asking how will it affect the industry, not only when trading with Europe becomes ‘export’ and ‘import’ but also in the all-important standards and regulations that exist within the home market.
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The new ABS Grip espag handle from MILA has been shortlisted in the Best Industrial Product Design category at the prestigious Plastics Industry Awards.
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Aluminium extruder EXLABESA has reported a 43% increase in turnover over the same quarter last year.
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The ups and downs of life cycle thinking – Part Two

Justin RatcliffeJustin Furness – CAB Technical Director

Previously on the CAB Channel…I outlined how aluminium is making a significant contribution to sustainable cities, and in particular I highlighted the compelling case study evidence presented in the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) funded “Towards Sustainable Cities” series of publications.

The third report in the series, “Aluminium and Life Cycle Thinking”, was published in 2015 and it focuses on the use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) techniques to quantify a product’s environmental impact during its lifetime, from its manufacture and use through to its deconstruction, reuse and recycling at the end of life.

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While LCA offers a rigorous, quantitative means to assess the environmental impact of a product and as a technique it has been in use for over twenty years, its application in the building sector is relatively immature. Complex assemblies such as curtain walling, windows and doors are only just beginning to be understood and modelled using LCA practices. LCA is itself a complex science, with its own terminology, complex datasets and methodological snares. However, it is becoming increasingly important, with Environmental Product Declarations and building sustainability assessment schemes such as BREEAM turning to LCA as their basis.

Inevitably, the comparability question arises: “OK, so can I use LCA data to compare products?” It is here that the report authors refer to the use of “nuanced” LCA, described as a design tool that can allow for a particular comparison of different material assemblies that serve the same function in the building, while respecting each option’s unique material attributes and design logic. So the answer to the question is: “It depends…” Or at least, a red flag is raised that product comparisons must be handled with care, with attention drawn to the end of life stage. Read More

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CAB Membersí Meeting to focus on Market Forecasts

Justin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)Justin

CAB is delighted to confirm that Professor Noble Francis, Economics Director, Construction Products Association will speak at the next Members’ event
at Mercedes Benz World, Weybridge on 12 |October, on the UK Construction industry following Brexit.

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This Month's News

‘Govt must free LAs to build more homes’ – Lords

The Government has been told it must empower local authorities to build more homes to help lift the UK’s house building target to 300,000 a year.

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GGF announces governance restructure

The GGF this week issued the following statement regarding a planned restructuring of the Federation and its subsidiary companies:

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Are you ready for G16

It’s that time again – when the best of the best in our industry are preparing to prove it and take on their rivals head to head in the G16 Awards. But don’t worry if you haven’t quite finished your nomination or submission, the organisers have extended the deadline by another week to Friday, August 5th.

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Housing helps boost strong June construction

After an eventful final week of June with a series of shocks sent through the economy, the construction sector managed to hold strong, with new orders reaching £6.2 billion on the month, the highest figure of any month so far in 2016, according to industry analyst Barbour ABI. The organisation notes however that most of the month was pre-referendum and housebuilder stocks have fallen in the wake of the vote.

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