Pro Installer April 2020 - Issue 85 | Page 3

APRIL 2020 | 3 News Read online at Atlas announces 2020’s first Installation of the Month winner Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions has named North West Bifolds as 2020’s first winner of the Atlas Installation of the Month competition. The Merseyside-based firm was January’s unanimous winner for a stunning Atlas lantern installation on a large period property in Keston, Kent. The homeowner was keen to create a large, yet light-filled space to enjoy the three-acre garden all year round and turned to North West Bifolds for advice on the best products. Having installed several Atlas lanterns already, North West Bifolds had no hesitation in recommending an 11x2 metre super-slim framed Atlas lantern in Pebble Grey (RAL 7032) to com- plement the red brick exterior of the property. With no unsightly tie bars to detract from the views, the new lantern has maximised the flow of light into the new extension. North West Bifolds incorporated eight remote controlled openers in the roof to provide additional ventilation and installed alumin- ium bi-fold doors to seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor spaces. Steve Sharples, director of North West Bifolds, said: “The homeowner had a clear idea of what they wanted to achieve, so it was vital to get the design and choice of materials absolutely right. Everything we specified needed to live up to the high expectations of this homeowner who wanted a space that blended into the garden, whilst drawing as much light in as possible. The Atlas roof was the only lantern we recommended and the end re- sult is an absolute triumph. This is the first time we’ve entered this competition and we’re very proud to win an award for it. Despite the size of the Atlas lantern, it took just one day for the four-man team, which included Steve’s son Connor, to install it. “The roof is very quick and easy to fit and the client was really impressed with how fast their extension was completed, Steve adds. “Being able to rapidly make a build warm and watertight is a huge advantage and one of the reasons why we like the Atlas lantern so much. The roof is the focal point of the space – it looks amazing and the client is absolute- ly thrilled with this finished result.” Each month, the winning installer will scoop a £200 John Lewis voucher and a £50 Majes- tic Wine gift card. There’s also trade industry PR and promotion through the Atlas website, as well as entry into the Atlas Installer of the Year award finals. Entries can be submitted via Twitter to @Atlasroofjohn using the hashtag #AtlasShowOff or on email to marketing@ GGF’S RISA OFFERS EXPERT WITNESS SERVICE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION Disputes concerning the specification or installation of domestic windows and doors are disruptive and costly and increas- ingly so the longer they continue, for all parties. In recognition of the growing need for services that are able to resolve such disputes quickly and decisively RISA, the Glass & Glazing Federa- tion’s independent inspection and auditing division, has launched its Expert Witness service to provide representation in the event of such disputes. As part of the GGF, the UK’s foremost representative body for the glass and glazing industry, RISA is one of the sector’s most authoritative and respected expert organisa- tions. RISA’s RICS accredited experts focus on residential window and door installations and can act as a single joint expert or as a party appointed expert and produce high quality reports in line with the Civil Procedure Rules for ex- pert witnesses. The organisation’s main areas of expertise include: • Domestic window and door installations • Building Regulation compli- ance inspections • Specification disputes • Operating to British Standard 8213-4 • Civil Procedure Rules com- pliant RISA is a UKAS-accredited Type A Inspection Body and the sole provider of inspection services for FENSA, the replacement win- dow and door industry’s largest and longest established Building Regulations compliance schemes. Services may be provided for either party directly involved in a dispute, act on behalf of legal teams, or organisations including local authorities and private and public sector landlords for exam- ple, in larger disputes. RISA will provide initial inspec- tion and reporting that may in itself prevent escalation of a dis- pute, or should the issue remain unresolved, RISA may provide expert witness services, acting as a single joint expert or as a party appointed expert and produce a high quality report in line with the Civil Procedure Rules for expert witnesses. Dave Mechem, RISA Director of Operations and highly regarded for his expertise, says it was a natural progression to formalise the service following unprece- dented demand for such support: “RISA has unparalleled inspection expertise in the glazing industry and it therefore makes perfect sense that we provide Expert Witness services for trade federa- tions, local authorities, solicitors and homeowners alike.” RISA Assessor Manager Lee Galley has already been involved in the resolution of many such disputes: “Our expertise and impartiality are readily accepted when we have been asked to adjudicate and disputes are then quickly resolved, sometimes end- ing disagreements that have gone on for some time. Where once we would have been asked to intervene informally, the creation of the RISA Expert Witness Ser- vice means that potential users may gain expertise earlier in the process.” For more information visit www. or email [email protected]