Pro Installer December 2020 - Issue 93 - Page 2

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2020 has indeed been a transformative year and brought about significant change in people ’ s lives , both at work and at home . One of the most fundamental changes for many has been the shift to working from home . Millions of people throughout the UK will have spent more time in their homes than ever before . They will be thinking about their living space and wondering how they can transform it to make it more comfortable , spacious and convenient , or to facilitate the opportunity to continue working from home .
Common terminology used in describing the system and its functions are also introduced so that meaningful conversation and understanding can be conducted by candidates once the Course has been completed successfully . The Course has been designed to be a generic approach to curtain walling systems and covers the Principles of Construction that is common across all systems manufacturers .
For the more experienced curtain wall installer , the review of the fundamentals of the curtain wall terminology and construction are reintroduced . Along with the key issues of surveying , installation and fixing , interface details with other parts of the building structure are also covered to give the candidate a broad understanding of good practice . Expected levels of quality are introduced , as are potential areas of failure by way of example . The crucial implication of ‘ getting it right first time ’ is emphasised as remedial work required after completion can be both costly and difficult to achieve .
Once the One-Day Introductory Course has been successfully completed , the candidate will take an approved system house Curtain Wall Product Training Course and successfully complete the end of course assessment . To be classed as fully trained and receive a ‘ CSCS Skilled Workers Card ’ candidates will need to have achieved the relevant NVQ or Competency Update Qualification . Full guidance on the CSCS card process will be offered during the initial CAB One- Day Training Course .
To ensure the whole process is kept up to date and continues to meet best practice , all Approved Training Providers will take part in regular formal review meetings with CAB , GQA and systems house experts .
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For many , they also have the benefit of having money in the bank they haven ’ t been able to spend this year due to Covid restrictions . At Freefoam we are already seeing evidence of these changes as sales of our external cladding , which has skyrocketed since lockdown .
It is an easy , low maintenance way of updating tired , outdated facades giving properties an instant face lift .
One such example is this detached home in Cheshire . Fitted as part of an extensive renovation programme , Freefoam Fortex cladding has been used in conjunction with a render finish to create a smart contemporary New England look . Installed on the first floor over existing brick , the Misty Grey cladding was the perfect match to the new garage door and complemented the general colour theme .
Another outcome of home working is the need for more space . The UK has some of the smallest homes in Europe , so a garden office or studio is often the best way to create additional working space . In a sign that homeworking will
remain part of the ‘ new normal ’ in 2021 , the 2020 Renovation Nation Report said garden studios are one of the top renovations expected to add value to the home . Freefoam ’ s wide range of cladding solutions , including our Fortex and X-Wood brands , are a popular choice for these projects , such as this transformation from old garden room to smart office space , using Fortex Weatherboard in Sage Green .
And all these changes will bring opportunities for installers in 2021 . The roll of the ‘ installer ’ in these transformations is becoming more important in influencing and delivering homeowner ’ s expectations - as the decision making process is based on ‘ aspiration ’ not just need . Promoting cladding alongside other home improvement work , such as new windows , doors and roofline , can bring extra business
and a new area of growth for home improvement businesses .
With all these projects taking place around the UK , Freefoam has just launched a photo competition to find the best transformations . Open to any installer we ’ ll be choosing a winner each month and offering some great prizes .
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