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April 2021

Freedom and Sadness

Whilst we begin to enjoy some of our freedoms again as lockdown eases, It is with sadness that we have recently learnt about the passing of HRH Prince Philip. At the age of 99 his passing remains a sad moment for both the UK and the family of the Queen.

The roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations has been little short of a miracle here in the UK and whilst our positive test data continues to fall, in other areas of Europe populations are not as fortunate. It will be interesting to see how this year pans out as far as the home improvement market is concerned. Last year members reported a boom in the home improvement sector with some members claiming that, for a short period, orders were up by 100% on the previous year. Is the ‘staycation’ set to become a holiday of choice and again have an effect on the home improvement market this year?

Across the whole industry it is very clear that we have lost a great deal of our skilled workforce and whilst this may benefit those already in the industry, it will continue to put brakes on the anticipated growth in both the commercial and home improvement markets. I look forward to receiving the first of our ‘State of the Market’ reports for 2021 later this month which may give us some guidance. One thing that is clear, that since lockdown a year ago demand for home improvement has not let up and some are now asking when this ‘bubble’ will burst?

On the production side of Aluminium, we see Hydro exploring the  potential for developing and operating hydrogen (H2) facilities to meet large internal demand as well as serving an external market. The first aluminium plants to run on H2 will likely be in Norway and no doubt help to unleash this future fuel further.

The move to a more sustainable world continues.  With reports of some contractors running site equipment on vegetable oil and wanting its supply chain to follow suit; the rapid advance in electric delivery vehicles and with the ‘Future Homes’ consultation moving rapidly forward, that carbon reduction is firmly on the roadmap for all our futures.  As Chief Executive of CAB, the team and I are reviewing what we need to be able to offer our members by way of support in understanding and preparing for these emerging technologies and legislation.

As we come out of lockdown, cautiously, as expected, I am looking forward to meeting many of you in my first physical event as CE of CAB in a few months time, hopefully with all restrictions lifted.

 

Phil Slinger - CAB Chief Executive

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CAB AGM & Annual Dinner - update

CAB’s 27th Annual General Meeting and Dinner is to be held at the Carden Park Hotel, Near Chester on Thursday 1 July 2021, our first face-to-face event for some time.

As anticipated, there has been a rush to book places at the event and already rooms taken are at capacity with 180 people attending the days proceedings. There are still some places available for the days events should members wish to arrange their own accommodation elsewhere.

The hotel, which is located in a beautiful 900-acre site, is easily accessible from the M6, M56 and M53. It’s ongoing refurbishment programme includes a recently opened spa facility, with private garden, hot tubs and outdoor pools.

We look forward to welcoming our members and their guests to the event.

Future Homes

The CAB technical team, working with our members, has been heading up the response to the governments Future Buildings Standard consultation which was due in on the 13th April. The governments aim is to lower the U values on installation in new legislation in 2022 and again in 2025 highlighting the government’s ambitious pathway to achieve net zero carbon by 2050.

As the National Electricity Grid decarbonises, new homes that will be constructed to the new standard, will produce up to 75% less CO2 compared to homes built within the current regulations. Up to 50% of all our energy usage at the moment in the UK is used within our housing stock.

Aluminium window systems are well placed to achieve these new high insulation requirements with some current systems achieving Passivhaus standards. What may change in the future is our UK obsession with the outward opening casement in favour of larger opening windows with less transoms and mullions.

Together with increased levels of insulation from all other building fabric and the widespread adoption of low-carbon heating systems, such as heat pumps, the focus is now to achieve a reduced space heating demand which in turn will reduce the burden on the National Electricity Grid, once heat pumps are widely adopted.

Whilst our review shows that windows systems can meet the insulation requirements, doors are proving more problematic and may limit what can be installed in the future. CAB will be closely following the proposals and are offering members regular updates and meetings for its members.

Replacing ‘Aluminium in Architecture’ the new ezine ‘A Window Into Aluminium’ offers a fresh new appearance to a wider readership and is aimed at supporting the supply chain for both Residential and Commercial Fenestration.  It is issued on the first Monday in every month and CAB members will continue to get their company news published for free within the publication and receive reduced rates for advertising banners.

Please drop these contacts an email should you wish to appear in the next issue:

Justin Lazenby (Press Releases): justin@awindowintoaluminium.co.uk
Emma Champion (Banner Advertising): emma@awindowintoaluminium.co.uk

Circulation is in excess of 20,000 recipients from across the Home Improvement and Construction Industry and I do hope you will support the publication in making it a success and to spread the work of CAB members in support of Aluminium in the Fenestration Industry.

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From your Team at CAB

Julie Harley - julie.harley@c-a-b.org.uk - CAB Events Manager
Justin Furness - justin.furness@c-a-b.org.uk - Technical Director
Martin Ford - martin.ford@c-a-b.org.uk - Technical Support Officer
Jessica Dean - jessica.dean@c-a-b.org.uk - Membership Support & Finance Officer

Phil Slinger - phil.slinger@c-a-b.org.uk - Chief Executive

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