The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has announced the formation of its own inspections subsidiary body, which will undertake inspections and auditing work across the replacement glazing sector.
RISA (Rushworth Inspection Services & Auditing) Ltd will be working on behalf of the GGF, taking over all FENSA inspections from February 2016.
Nigel Rees, group chief executive, GGF, believes the move marks an exciting new era for product and installation standards in the UK glass and glazing industry.
“This substantial investment by the GGF Group in this new business presents an extremely exciting opportunity,” said Rees.
“There will be benefits to window and door installers because of better control of inspections costs in the coming years which should keep future price increases at a minimum.
“Installers will see no change in the FENSA inspections and processes and most will have the same inspector as currently.
“We expect RISA Ltd will quickly become a major contributor to the whole GGF Group.”
The GGF has also spoken out regarding the UK government’s Spending Review, voicing concerns on the Chancellor’s limited attention to energy efficiency.
Giles Wilson, managing director, GGF, said: “From the Chancellor’s statement, it appears that improving energy efficiency in domestic properties is low on the Government’s agenda, however it was interesting to see that the Government are to consult on the rate of VAT on energy saving products with a view to aligning all such products under EU legislation.
“We will continue to lobby that energy efficient doors and windows should be at the reduced five per cent rate of VAT and hope that they are included in any future changes.”
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