Edgetech, the only dedicated manufacturer of Warm Edge Technology in the UK, has launched a brand new version of its WER:DIY programme – the Window Energy Rating (WER) assessment calculator for fabricators. “We launched WER:DIY as a joint initiative with Pilkington back in 2007 to help fabricators understand what they would need to do to achieve A, B or C energy rated windows,” explains Edgetech Managing Director, Andy Jones. “WERs have really gathered pace since then but there are still plenty of companies that are looking for advice on the energy rating they could achieve with their existing profile. The new version of WER:DIY includes 3 Warm Edge Technology products from Edgetech; Pilkington K Optiwhite; an aluminium system from Sapa; more PVC systems than ever before, including products that include thermal inserts. With these new additions the calculator now contains 12,870 combinations of materials and technologies across 16 different window systems and has 99 IG specifications per frame type. This is almost double the amount of combinations we had in WER:DIY Version 1. This wide range of options allows fabricators of all systems to see how their individual windows perform against the BFRC ratings and how they could perform by changing individual components of their window. WER:DIY is a free and easy service that gives users access to all of this information in just a minute.”
Consumers were disgruntled to say the least last winter when their fuel bills rose to unmanageable levels. Gas customers were faced with a 35% increase on their annual energy bills and electricity customers a 9% increase. The bad news is recent news reports suggest we might be facing further increases this winter.
According to Greenpeace, which has seen a draft of the Government’s plans which are about to be set out in detail, the estimated cost of meeting the renewable energy target will be 7pound100bn. This is the amount of funding needed for a new energy infrastructure, including 7,000 more wind turbines. This translates to an additional cost to the consumer of 25 per cent on gas bills and 17 per cent on electricity bills.
This level of increase in the cost of fuel is bound to give consumers a further push to take steps to improve the energy efficiency of their home. While worrying news for all of us as homeowners, it does give consumers looking to buy new windows an even bigger incentive to opt for the energy rated option. Installers with windows rated C and above are therefore in an even better position to take advantage of this development.
The latest suggested revisions to Part L of the Building Regulations will force all installers to sell C or higher rated windows anyway, so surely it’s better to get the attacker’s advantage now. For those not yet selling energy rated windows, it’s a great time to start. And for those that are selling energy rated windows, what better angle for your winter marketing campaign – to install C (or above) rated windows now?
Edgetech Managing Director
For the third year in a row, Edgetech I.G. has been recognised as one of Inc. 5000?s fastest growing companies in the United States with 19.5% sales growth from 2005 to 2008. The Inc. 5000 is an extension of Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 500 list.
“Savvy trend spotters and those who invest in private companies know that the Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate,” said Inc. 5000 project manager Jim Melloan. “That’s why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year.”
According to Edgetech’s President, Mike Hovan, “We have the processes, products and personnel in place to maintain our leadership position in the industry for the years to come. But honours, such as making the Inc. 5000 list for three years in a row, serve as a reminder to thank those who have contributed to Edgetech’s continued success for more than 20 years – our employees and our customers. They are trendsetters who represent the best of the industry and it is because of them we continue to grow and seek new ways to add value to the industry.”
Since its launch last year the Super Spacer Dealership from Edgetech, the only dedicated manufacturer of Warm Edge Technology in the UK, has gone from strength to strength as more companies enjoy the benefits of the level of business, sales and marketing support they receive as a Dealer. Alan Fielder, Director of Sales and Marketing at Edgetech explains: “We are thrilled that we now have 100 installers enjoying the benefits of our comprehensive Dealership initiative. We also have 14 sealed unit manufacturer Dealers and 46 window fabricator Dealers.
“The Super Spacer Dealership was set up to help sealed unit manufacturers, fabricators and installers sell more products and make more money. Installers in the Network have access to a 20 year warranty, fast track WER scheme, retail brochures, consumer DVDs, an easy to use plug in for installers’ websites on WERs and the opportunity to buy Super Spacer windows as standard from a Dealership Fabricator. All Dealership members can of course also use the scheme logo for their own marketing too.”
Warm Edge Technology specialist, Edgetech, is pleased to congratulate the three employees that have raised £1,589 so far, for taking part in the nationwide event, Race for Life. Charlotte Davies, Natalya Vavan and Gemma Hinks ran the 5k Race for Life at Coombe Abbey in Coventry last Wednesday evening with 2500 other women. “The three of us dressed in pink 80’s style clothes and Gemma even braved a pair of wellies for the duration of the race!” says Charlotte Davies, Sales and Marketing Adviser at Edgetech. “We wanted to get involved in this worthwhile charity event for Cancer Research UK. The charity is the world’s leading independent organisation dedicated to cancer research and supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of more than 4,250 scientists, doctors and nurses. Over the past 10 years alone, thousands of lives have been saved through earlier detection and improved treatments. But there’s still a lot of work to do for the charity to achieve its aim of beating cancer.
“We’re still working to achieve our £2,000 fundraising target but are really grateful for all the support we’ve had from friends and colleagues so far.”
Edgetech, the only dedicated Warm Edge Technology manufacturer in the UK, saw its best manufacturing month yet, in June. Andy Jones, Managing Director of Edgetech explains: “Our existing customers and new companies turning to Super Spacer Warm Edge Technology certainly seem to be experiencing the green shoots of recovery we keep hearing about. We made enough Super Spacer for 350,000 sealed units in June which is more than any other month since we opened our state of the art Coventry manufacturing facility in 2007. This is not only good news for Edgetech, but also our customers who benefit from the further investment we can put into developing our products, marketing support, business support and service.
“Our growth shows the way the market is developing – more manufacturers of all materials are working to achieve windows with improved energy efficiency which Super Spacer has been helping fabricators achieve since 1989. More recently of course the focus is on getting the best energy ratings and Energy Saving Recommended status, which again we help our customers achieve. By investing in the necessary areas we not only offer customers support through excellent product performance but also through sales support to help them win new business, technical support to ensure a smooth transition from their previous spacer and marketing support for their supply chain to support the sales process through to the homeowner. Not many component suppliers offer the level of support we do, but hopefully breaking these latest records is evidence it’s working for our customers.”