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Consistency is key in building reputation

Marketeer John Ogilvie says consistency is key in building reputation.

Recent discoveries have shed light on the fact that the Roman Empire, despite its claims to the contrary, wasn’t any more advanced or civilised than the rest of the world.

Solar Shading
Julie Lightfoot, MD Sun Shade Systems and  Carl Johnson, technical & production director discuss the problems with shading and the benefits of View-Thru.

“The reality is that heat and glare from the sun shining through large expanses of glass may cause occupant discomfort, affect productivity and in extreme cases, occupants’ health may become an issue”
Storage & Handling solutions
Handling and storage procedures at Alutrade Products have been made more efficient thanks to the introduction of an Aisle-Master forklift

An Aisle-Master articulated forklift working at Alutrade Products has transformed handling and storage procedures at the company’s headquarters near Droitwich in Worcestershire, and has enabled vast savings to be made on storage space in the 30,000 ft² warehouse.   
The emerging shutter market

Internal Plantation Shutters are growing in popularity with architects and property owners looking for an alternative to traditional interior window coverings. Simon Reynolds, sales director of Everwhite Plastics, talks about the emerging shutters market in the UK.

Awning Trends 2007

Mike Pratt, Broadview's managing director forecasts a rise in awnings for the high street to promote brand identity.

 The awning is becoming a "must-have" for both the commercial and domestic markets, adding colour, charm and luxury to the exterior of a property. A comfortable atmosphere coupled with a stylish living culture no longer stop at the terrace door and, as a result, awnings are becoming increasingly popular. Broadview, a leading manufacturer and supplier of blinds and awnings in the UK, predicts that a number of trends will occur in the awning industry this year.

Cash is King in the Green Debate
 New independent research commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust (EST), reveals that 80% of British drivers would buy a vehicle that was less damaging to the environment if they knew they could get financial assistance towards the cost. The findings underline the importance of continued financial support from government to encourage drivers to go green.
Queen's Award for Export goes to Meritmill

 Meritmill Ltd, a privately owned company based in a refurbished woollen mill in the heart of Batley, has won the coveted Queen's Award for International Trade for its "outstanding and continuous export achievements" in the manufacture of pattern books, hangers and shade cards for blind retailers, home furnishings, yarns, fabrics and carpet industries at home and abroad.

Blinds & Shutters is 55 years old!

 As F. J. Hilburn, the then president of the National Association of Window Blind Manufacturers (NAWBM), said in his introduction to the very first issue of The Blindmaker in Spring 1952, the new magazine would fill a long-felt want in our tradee, going on to say that its success will materially depend on the support it receives from those whom it is intended to help in the promotion of satisfactory business.

Blinds & Shutters - the first issue

 Shortly after the beginning of 1952 His Majesty George VI died, to be succeeded as monarch by his daughter Princess Elizabeth. Some weeks later there was another important event “ at least for the blinds trade “ as the first issue of The Blindmaker, the journal of the National Association of Window Blind Manufacturers, was published. Both names have subsequently changed but both have developed over the last 55 years into two vital platforms for the window shading industry. 

BSI Sustainability Design Awards

A project which supports ecologically and socially sustainable textile production in India to produce luxury goods for a Western market has just won the BSI Sustainability Design Awards. 

Smart Buildings - a practical guide

Smart buildings are a significant trend in both technology and real estate development. Major technology companies such as Cisco Systems have created 'connected' real estate groups to focus on the needs of the emerging market.  Media entities such as The Wall Street Journal have identified smart buildings as an important trend in the construction and real estate development sectors. Future-proofed buildings that are, at the same time, easy to live in (and live with) are on the horizon.

Building Regulations Dilemmas

In the first of a new series looking at complementary issues affecting the window shading industry, Garry Smith, senior technical advisor at Pilkington, addresses key issues for glass purchasers.  

How is it possible to achieve the required energy performance levels in Building Regulations without compromising window size?

The issue with U values is that as a measure of a window thermal performance, no account is taken of the positive benefits of windows. After all, they allow heat and light into a building and make the interior a more attractive and comfortable place to live and work.  With this in mind, the traditional U value alone is not the whole picture. 

New Centre for Self Builders

A giant, national self build and renovation centre is being created by BuildStore to help suppliers and brands in the building trade, including manufacturers and distributors of blinds and shutters, market and sell to the booming self-build market. The centre will be educational as well as commercial and include a full size Potton House and five life size exhibits including, plant, groundworks, walls and roof structures. The size of the centre, which will be based in Swindon, is 67,000ft2.

Quantifying Shading Device Performance

Dr Paul Littlefair, Building Research Establishment describes data that quantify how well shading devices control summertime overheating 

To control overheating and size air conditioning plant, building designers need to know how well shading devices will control solar gain. Designers generally use solar data for materials and devices in one of three ways:

A Specifiers Guide to External Sunblinds & Awnings

External sunblinds and awnings are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Traditional canvas blinds have been seen outside shop fronts since the 19th Century.  In the last 50 years, blinds of new styles and types have appeared, made of aluminium components, with rot-proof and fade-proof fabrics.

New European Standard for Awnings

Consumers want products that are safe and not detrimental to their health. The requirements for their manufacture are subject to increasingly higher standards and this also applies to awnings. From March 1st 2006, a new European standard for awning systems came into force, ES 13561 which defines the safety requirements of the machinery and building materials directive of the European Union.

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