While there are larger trade bodies in the construction industry, the Steel Window Association continues to punch above its weight representing the sector’s interests at Government level throughout the pandemic, whilst also working on adapting existing products to meet ever changing regulations.
The SWA’s members not only offer UK-wide coverage, they can undertake contracts ranging from delivering contemporary steel fenestration packages for commercial developments, through to the detailed restoration of early metal windows in heritage situations.
Amongst the projects the SWA has successfully completed in recent years has been the development of the W30 range of steel sections and the landmark introduction of thermally broken steel frames which represent a step change in the energy performance of steel windows. Most recently, the association’s Product Development Group has completed a programme of fire testing to BS 476 Part 22 at Warrington Exova on internal single and double doorsets – with and without side screens.
The President of the SWA, Kris Bennell, comments: “Depending on the project, our Product Development Group involves up to 20 highly experienced people from across the member companies, working together in a truly collaborative way. With that sort of expertise, mix of ideas and technical resources, improvements can be achieved faster and more cost-effectively.
“The SWA also has access to a Technical Advisor, with many years of experience in the steel window industry, who represents us on a number of trade bodies including energy groups. This gives our members a voice to lobby Government when new legislation is being drafted.”
Referring to the everyday benefits available to members, Kris Bennell added: “On a continuing basis, the SWA’s website and marketing activity generates new leads for our members”.
The next project the PDG is starting work on is testing to meet Part Q Security requirements for W30 windows which have proved very popular with architects and developers for replacement domestic windows.
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