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GGF tackles ‘industry-changing’ issues at its forum 2009 being held alongside G09 Regionals

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GGF tackles ‘industry-changing’ issues at its forum 2009 being held alongside G09 Regionals

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) will take advantage of the large numbers expected at the G09 Regional event taking place at Wembley Stadium from 30th September – 1st October 2009, to make delegates at the GGF Annual Forum aware of two key issues soon to face the glass and glazing industries.

Two events due to take effect in 2010 – The Revised Building Regulations and the Consumer White Paper recently published – are the subjects being covered by expert speakers at the GGF Conference on 1st October, which is free to attend for all visitors to the Wembley G09 Regional. Changes to the Building Regulations – which will be presented by GGF Technical Director Giles Willson - will for example include a proposal that the exemption for conservatories be removed from Approved Document L, but that work on conservatories be included in the list of building work that is not notifiable to Building Control (Schedule 2B); whilst replacement windows and doors will be affected by increased minimum performance standards: window, roof window or rooflight – WER, band C; and doors with more than 50% of the internal face glazed are likely to require a U-value of 1.8 W/m2K.

However, it is the proposals offered in the White Paper published recently called ‘A Better Deal for Consumers – Delivering Real Help Now and for the Future’ that hold perhaps the biggest changes for home improvement companies for at least a decade. Designed amongst other things to drive out rogue traders there are clauses suggested that may trip up the unwary glazing installer who has not learned the new rules, when they become statutory next year. The two-year pilot covering compensation for breach of consumer law will start in autumn 2010 or spring 2011 and will be extensively evaluated before the national rollout.

The government plans to appoint a ‘Consumer Advocate’ to educate consumers and assist those who have suffered at the hands of unscrupulous businesses and there will also be stronger penalties for ‘rogue traders’ and banning orders to prevent repeat offences. The OFT will develop a new online complaints system which it hopes will go live in 2010 and it will provide a high profile single complaints register for citizens encountering breaches of consumer law. -- The presentation at the GGF Conference, delivered by Paul Ramsden, Deputy Chief Executive of Trading Standards, is intended to offer a guide to the new regulations and prevent bona fide traders from falling foul of the new laws.

Source: The Glass and Glazing Federation Author: shangyi

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