Non-compliance in clear view

Glass Times editor Nathan Bushell returns to the issue of low sightline double glazed units, and why a public enquiry has been called for.

The Saveheat Group is ramping up its pressure on the glass industry to stop turning a blind eye to the practice of supplying low sightline double glazed units.

This week, director Colin Torley quotes a recent tabled question in the House of Commons, which supports the argument that he has been making over the last few weeks.

“For the avoidance of doubt, placing the product onto the market without the correct test evidence and corresponding system description is an offence,” he said.

It does feel a bit nostalgic. You know: discussing the less-than-scrupulous practices undertaken by the window industry. But like most things that initially seem straightforward, there is more to it that meets the eye. In this case, despite MPs and the GGF getting involved, it appears that those who should be safeguarding against malpractice – Trading Standards – are doing nothing at all.

“We have now demanded a public enquiry into the matter,” Colin said.

The GGF had previously said it had threatened to expel members if they break GGF rules and the law. However, things change when the demand for non-compliant products come from planners.

“If we find that a member is operating outside of the GGF rules because of other authorities’ failings then it is the GGF’s duty to both guide that member and address the root cause that is putting that member under pressure to act in a way that takes them outside of the GGF rules,” GGF Group chief executive Phil Pluck said.

Colin said at the time that he was not happy with this response, and it now looks as though he going to continue battling until manufacture and supply fall into line with Construction Products Regulations.