Going for gold

Lancashire Trade Frames has completed an independent audit of its processes, and has received several accreditations relevant to the construction industry.

Mark Rowland, the fabricator’s managing director, said. “This is simply one part of an ongoing commitment to meeting ever higher standards in fenestration. It gives reassurance to our customers, but the detailed inspection has also given us insights into where we can do more. That’s good because constantly seeking improvement is how we grow.”

CENSolutions has certified Lancashire Trade Frames’ Kömmerling products to Band A, and its Spectus products to Bands A and B.

However, it’s the receipt of the Gold CMS Mark for its Kömmerling system windows and doors that the Lancashire Trade Frames team is celebrating.

The Gold CMS Mark is the highest level that CENSolutions awards. This shows compliance with BS EN 14351-1: (CE marking), BS 6375-1:2015 (weather testing), BS 7412 (PVCU windows and doorsets), BS 8529 (composite doorsets), PAS 24:2016: (Enhanced Security) and Approved Document Q. The Gold CMS Mark also demands biannual auditing required by key specifiers, including the NHBC and Secured by Design.

“This is now a mature industry where high standards and professionalism are expected,” Mark said. “On a personal level, we gain a great deal of satisfaction by producing high-quality windows and doors, but we recognise that independent verification of our standards is important for those we supply.”