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This year’s ‘Innovation Home’ features Freefoam X-Wood Urban Cladding, prior to its release later in the year, to create a stunning exterior finish.
The whole house was built prior to the exhibition by Off Site Factory Homes in four separate ‘modules’, which were then transported to the show and constructed to form one house. Tony Fox, Director Off Site Factory Homes, explained how the process worked “ To create a durable and stable modular construction we need materials to be light, easy to handle and to withstand the rigors of transportation. Whilst this project was for a temporary building we apply the same criteria to permanent projects. We used Freefoam cladding last year and found it met all of our criteria and made perfect sense to use the new X-Wood Urban product for this year’s house. We found it really easy to work with and were very pleased with the finished results” Tony commented “Construction time using modular
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With an expanded door range, standard and bespoke colours and an on time, in full service promise in excess of 99%, along with online ordering, new trade partners are helping to fuel further success in Residor.
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  HiTECH Blinds are celebrating their first birthday, and an action- packed twelve months that’s seen them quickly rise to become one of the UK’s most innovative and respected integrated blind suppliers.
techniques can be nearly half that of conventional methods. Building in a controlled environment, with less stoppages due to weather can really add up. Secondly we find that there is less wastage of materials with no exposure to bad weather. Finally there is a substantial amount of money to be saved when choosing modular over a conventional build, with a shorter programme time for each project and lower labour costs.”
  The brainchild of industry veteran Nigel Greening and two experienced directors from aluminium fabricator AGF, Mike Yerrell and Michelle Scotney, HiTECH was formed as a response to what its founders saw as low standards in the existing integral blinds sector.
they’re also extremely customisable. The company offers dual-coloured slats to match dual-coloured frames, and can also produce double and triple-glazed units with Georgian bars and other decorative elements.
Joined by long-serving blinds expert Ian Woolley, the team set about designing a product that excelled on all fronts.
Company director Michele Scotney comments: “We set ourselves the task of developing the best integrated blinds on the market, backed by brilliant customer service, and we’ve been able to achieve that quicker than we thought possible. But at the same time, we’re not complacent. We’re ambitious about the future – and in the next twelve months and beyond, we want to show the industry just how good integral blinds can be.”
Colin St John, Freefoam Commercial Director summarised “We’re delighted to have been involved in this project which has allowed us to showcase the suitability of our products for modular construction methods. Whilst we’re aware that off-site construction will not solve all our housing needs we see it as a growing opportunity across our entire range. ”
Magnet-operated for blissfully easy operation, and offering BS EN 1279- accreditation robustness and weather-resistance, the blinds have been successfully cycle-tested to 10,000 cycles. They come backed-up with a no-nonsense 10-year guarantee. The blinds don’t just perform exceptionally, however –
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Jon Vanstone has been appointed new Chair of Certass, the specialists in installer certification for the building fabrics industry.
           Jon joins Certass with a wealth of industry knowledge and he holds several positions in trade bodies and associations. He is chair of the Trade Association Forum (TAF) and the Competent Persons Forum (CPF), Trustmark Director and RoofCert Delivery Director.
white, red, green, blue, black and the ever popular anthracite grey, along with 20 glass designs. There are also a further 250 RAL colours to choose from, allowing for a more bespoke door solution, along with hardware options in white, black, chrome, brushed and gold.
 Jon says: “Certass as an organisation appealed to me because it champions the local installation companies that are dedicated to great workmanship and best practice. Going forward, we want to continue to promote members and grow our services to ensure that our membership offers real value to home improvement companies.”
businesses for exciting opportunities that lie ahead.
Thanks to the considerable resources of sister brand Solidor, parent company DW3 Products Group and ultimately Masonite International, OTIF levels have been in excess of 99% for the last 2 years for Residor and that’s despite a period of sustained growth, as Gareth Busson head of sales and marketing for Solidor Group points out.
 As well as growing their current offering, Jon will work with the team to plan ahead for future regulation and best practice improvements. His existing industry positions mean that members will be some of the most well-informed tradesmen in the UK, helping them to prepare their
Jason Clemmit, MD at Certass says: “We’re really pleased to have Jon on-board as part of the team. We’re focussed on using our combined industry and technical knowledge to create new ways to help installers get even more out of their membership and grow their businesses.”
The impressive performance for Residor has also been bolstered by their unique £1,000 security guarantee, thanks to the specification of the 3 Star Ultion cylinder as standard. With a 3.6mm external door skin, this makes for one, if not the most secure GRP composite door in the UK at present, complying to the latest PAS 24 standards.
He commented: ‘The proposition for Residor is overtly strong and based on product design, unrivalled security and the fact that we deliver on time, in full consistently, with the added benefit of online ordering through Residor Cloud. There’s also a marketing support programme including brochures, sample swatches and showroom support.’
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With schemes covering more than 2.5 million installed products, Certass specialises in installer and product certification for a wide range of home improvements including glazing and solid conservatory roofs.
There a 9 distinct door designs both traditional and contemporary, and 6 standard colours including

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