Week two of 2015 and the industry still seems to be waking up. Not yet firing on all cylinders, the cold weather and suspected Christmas credit card bills might just be holding back the free flowing spending on homes just a little. Still, things continue to look positive in our industry at the moment, with many companies reporting good sales and expectations that 2015 will be another good year. So in the week that saw the Beagle2 lander rediscovered, a controversial Charlie Hebdo front cover and Oscar nominations, it’s time to look back at what I covered on DGB.
I think it is fair to say that 2015 has got off to a pretty brisk start has it not? I know at our place we have had a glut of leads in the first week, with plenty of sales following on from that. We’ve only had one week, but if every week was as energetic as this one, then we’re in for a good year. Still, whilst most remain positive about growth in 2015, there are still some issues out there that we as an industry need to be mindful of, and make sure that these issues don’t develop into something more serious. The following are my thoughts on the five biggest risks to our industry this year, both from inside and outside the fenestration sector.
I started the week with a post looking at the possible risks to our industry both inside and outside of it. I had started my first week’s posts quite positively. But I thought it prudent to keep in the backs of our minds of the dangers that still remain out there, and the issues that could become problems later on this year.
In terms of new products and innovations, the UK window and door industry has really put it’s foot to the floor in recent years. The glut of new products and improvements to existing ones has really moved the window and door industry in this country forward. However, compared to Europe and Scandinavia, we’re still very far behind. There is lots more innovating to do, and much more to improve on the quality front before we reach German or Austrian standards. This is my look at five areas where our industry might have to go to in the future.
It was back to positivity for Tuesday as I took a look at 5 places where the industry might head to in the future. This one drew in a few comments, and plenty of shares on social media. I hope that the industry does go down some of the roads I predicted. My own personal favourite would be if the glass industry started to incorporate smart glass tech in their products. So many cool uses for it!
With the latest news out about inflation in the UK, it’s a very good time to be a consumer right now. With oil falling, fuel is coming down with it. Inflation is at a record low and falling food prices.
I published a second post on Tuesday in response to the news that inflation had dropped sharply in the last month and it was now at a record equaling low. It really is a good time to be a consumer at the moment, and hopefully all that extra cash in people’s pockets will encourage them to spend more on their homes, specifically windows and doors!
It wasn’t that long ago that the BFRC had to readjust it’s certification and introduce a new band of energy efficiency, this was the A+ rating. This was for windows that had a window energy rating of A+10 or above. It had to be changed because at the time there were so many windows on the market that went past the +10 mark, it was starting to look a bit silly. But I think it may be time to reassess those certificates again.
Next up was a post addressing a point that I had been stewing on for a little while, the energy rated certificate. As windows get more efficient, A ratings continue to rise. The BFRC tackled this by setting an A+ rating for those that were +10 or above. But with windows now approaching the +40 mark, what is the BFRC going to do? Can’t have an A++++++ rating on a certificate!
I have always wondered what the best all round company would actually look like in our industry. I know, it’s a tad sad! But honestly, if there was to be a perfect company, the perfect embodiment of the ideal fenestration business, what should it consist of?
I always knew this one would draw a few comments, and I was proved right, as I put forward my thoughts on what features would make the best window and door company. The reaction on Twitter was quite strong, even to the point where people thought I might have been a bit biased. Truth is although our company does use a few of them, we use them because we think they are the best at what they do. Anyway, this one got plenty of views and plenty of shares on social media.
At the beginning of December the Daily Mail newspaper published an article which claimed to show you the various signs that you had truly “made it” in this world. It was in fact a study that systems company Synseal had commissioned and asked 2000 participants a series of questions. Their answers helped determine to what standards of living people can think of themselves as “made”. It was a good read, and here are some of the main things they discovered.
Last up, something just for fun. I reported on some market research carried out by Synseal in which they asked 2000 people a series of questions to determine at what point people have actually made it in life. The 50 points they came up with were quite funny to read out, and people all day on Twitter were ticking off what they had and had not got.
By DGB|2016-10-24T20:23:54+01:00January 16th, 2015|Categories: Reviews|