Latest news from the world of construction product manufacture

  • Plastmo has published a 46-page specification guide that includes windows, residential and French doors along with sliding patio doors.
  • Letterplates used on The Dales Collection of composite doors from Eurocell have achieved an industry first by meeting PAS23 requirements for resistance to air and water penetration.
  • Steel door maker Powershield has achieved Secured by Design accreditation. Its single and double-leaf security doors surpassed the minimum requirements of the standard. The doors have now been awarded “police preferred specification” status by Secured by Design, which is the official UK police initiative supporting the principles of “designing out crime”.
  • EnduraCor, the doorset core from Leadersflush Shapland, is one hundred times more durable than multi-layered chipboard, according to independent testing carried out by Warrington APT. It went beyond the standard EN 1192 soft and heavy body impact tests, and the cyclic testing carried out exceeded the requirements of EN 1191 by one million cycles. This equates to the number of door opening occurrences throughout the lifespan of a heavily populated building.
  • A new study by Imperial College, London shows that windows made to Wood Window Alliance standards give a service life of at least 60 years, even under low-maintenance regimes. The research also shows that the service life can be extended to 80 years or beyond, by taking care when designing buildings to ensure windows have sheltered conditions and by undertaking enhanced maintenance regimes.