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REHAU Launches ‘In the Frame’ Campaign for Commercial Windows

REHAU has launched a new campaign to help commercial window specifiers navigate the ever-changing complex landscape of building regulations, technical specifications, and sustainability.

20.07.2022

Both Net Zero pressures and multiple changes to building regulations have resulted in REHAU seeing a significant increase in demand for its commercial technical support.

Most recently this has centred around the Future Homes Standard and updates to Part L and F. The polymer manufacturer is working closely with those throughout the supply chain – commercial fabricators and installers, architects, developers, local authorities – to help alleviate pressures around compliance since the first changes officially came into force on 15 June 2022. 

As such, REHAU’s technical experts have aired concern that following several years of fluctuating information and debate around the topic, architects and specifiers could be left with multiple sources of conflicting advice.

Mark Gajda is Head of Technical Services and Certification at the systems company and has been leading a project to ensure its high-performance uPVC continues to exceed all relevant Building Regulations. He says: “The Future Homes Standard is of course not new. It has been high on the news agenda for a number of years now, and it’s this level of content and debate around it that could risk people being served the wrong information.”

In response, Mark and his team have developed a series of four fact sheets aimed at those working with architects, specifiers, and surveyors which aim to provide a brief introduction to the changes, projected timeline, and targets. Two of which cover energy efficiency requirements under Part L for new build and refurb projects, and the other two address ventilation standards through Part F for the same.

The wider ‘In The Frame’ initiative will then shine the spotlight on other commercial technical issues throughout the rest of the year, including Passivhaus, sustainability of materials and overheating in buildings.

All of this content will be hosted within a dedicated online hub for specifiers working across large multi-residential and commercial projects, whether that be in the housebuilding, public sector, local authority, or private commercial sectors.

Steve Tonkiss, Head of Sales South at REHAU Windows, said: “We are seeing more and more technical queries coming through from the commercial end of the market and therefore identified a need for a dedicated space where they can find what they need quickly. For more complicated matters, our dedicated commercial sales team are on hand to advise on certain specifications.  

“With regards to Future Homes in particular, it’s important to realise that just because you change one thing in line with regulations, it may impact another – such as acoustics, weather performance and the like. This is an area we are getting a lot of questions on so would encourage anyone who is unsure to get in touch and we will be happy to help advise.”

To access the ‘In the Frame’ hub, click HERE

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