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 A reforming deal
to strength
The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has responded to the recent consultation into Green Deal reform, calling for greater flexibility for consumers and installers to help simplify and improve the scheme for the future.
A GGF spokesman emphasised that the disappointing number of glazing installers involved in Green Deal was a consequence of a costly and resource intensive accreditation process. Further, the response stressed that the level of finance available to consumers under the scheme was often not enough to purchase glazing products in tandem with other measures. The spokesman pointed out that for some energy efficiency measures, the golden rule in its current form is not a workable framework for promoting a whole house approach to energy efficiency.
With the new Each Home Counts (EHC) framework also expected next year, the GGF recommended that installers should be exempt from the need for formal Green Deal status, if they can show membership of a recognised certification such as
Russell Day
approved status under EHC or a UKAS accredited scheme.
GGF director of home improvement Russell Day says: “The plans to simplify the framework are a welcome first step to improving Green Deal. Like many, the GGF was disappointed the Green Deal did not materialise into the scheme that was first hoped for.” ❐
Deceuninck has reported a 30% increase in like for like sales in December 2017, compared with December 2016. Rob McGlennon, managing director of Deceuninck (pictured) UK says:“We had an exciting year in 2017 with the launch of our Heritage Window Collection, some
     prestigious new customer wins, hitting and surpassing the 50% colour milestone (and seeing some of our customers do the same) and of course winning the G-Award for new product of the year for the Heritage flush sash. However, we don’t intend to rest on our laurels this year. Customers can expect more of the same in terms of outstanding service, over and above marketing support and the very best products tailored to what the market wants and needs today.” ❐
 Obituary Jon Skinner
 We regret to announce the death of Jon Skinner who died on Friday 29th December, 2017 aged 63.
He had worked in
the glazing industry
for more than 40
years most recently
director of Epwin Window Systems.
Jon Skinner began his career as an apprentice at BKL Alloys and soon found himself working in one of its new companies, Scope Aluminium. He worked with a number of companies and helped to build some highly recognised brands. He also chaired the marketing committee of the British Plastics Federation Window Group.
He is survived by his wife Lynette and sons Luke and Brett. ❐
 as commercial
 The Rt Hon Liz Truss MP recently visited Xtralite, the rooflight and structural glazing manufacturer based in Blyth, Northumberland and discussed measures the business has taken to ensure its continued growth and prosperity.
During the visit she said: "I am really impressed by the craftsmanship and innovation I've seen at Xtralite. It is fantastic to see hardworking businesses and their employees defying the critics and giving Northumberland something positive to shout about.”
Over the past 12 months Xtralite has expanded its operations with its structural glazing division moving to new premises and the addition of a further production line for its modular skylights and automatic opening vents.The new premises also includes a dedicated visitor centre. ❐

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