Epwin Group WER and U-value Calculator Wins BSi Approval

Published: 11th March 2011

Epwin Group WER and U-value Calculator Wins BSi Approval

U-Comply, the U-value and WER calculator and Part L compliance tool from the Epwin Group has secured approval from professional standards body BSi.

The cost-effective and easy route to Part L compliance was launched in October by Epwin Group extrusion businesses, Profile 22 and Swish Window and Door Systems.

Having already secured approval from both CERTASS and FENSA, the scheme gives fabricators access to an easy to use online calculator, which allows them to demonstrate compliance on any number of specifications.

This significantly reduces the cost involved in approving products while providing fabricators and installers with a clear and demonstrable route to compliance with the last October’s regulations.

Lawson Price, divisional technical sales manager, Epwin Group Extruded Products Division, said: “The honeymoon period is now over, Part L compliance is a very real issue – you can’t fit a window without being able to prove compliant performance.

“U-Comply simplifies this process. Capable of generating results against almost any combination of components it eliminates cost and brings new flexibility to compliance with building regs through either the WER or U-value route – all fabricators have to do is input the specification to see if a product combination complies.”

Fabricators who subscribe to U-comply are given unlimited access to the password controlled calculator allowing them to input any combination of frame, reinforcement, components and glass unit configurations.  The calculator generates both U-values and WERs and also allows fabricators to print off certification and specification documents.

Installers who buy both glass and frames from their supplier can simply ‘piggy back’ on their fabricator’s accreditation. Those buying in glass and frames separately can access the scheme through their frame fabricator, providing that they can demonstrate through an auditable trail that the glass they use is the same as used in the calculated model.

Price added: “U-comply simplifies compliance. It using figures cross referenced against figures from actual simulations collated over a period of four or more years. Results are exceptionally accurate so fabricators don’t have to ‘over-specify’ products simply to be sure of compliance, manufacturing costs are as a consequence restricted to a minimum – it helps to deliver the efficiency that today has to be a priority wherever you sit within the window industry.”

For more information visit www.swishwindows.co.ukwww.profile22.co.uk, or call 01952 290910.

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