The new Ecotilt energy saving could revolutionisevyour business. Reg Bishop from Forest Hall Joinery explains what it's done for him
Mark: Hello and welcome to this introduction to Ecotilt, the timber sash window that has achieved a high energy rating, that is quick and easy to assemble, and could possibly revolutionize your business. I'm here at Forest Hall Joinery with Reg Bishop. And Reg, you just achieved a B rating, haven't you?
Reg Bishop: That's right, yeah.
Mark: What have the implications been of getting that?
Reg Bishop: Main thing, I think, is the way the business is going to change around. It's going to roll from what we used to do. I think the windows are going to be big and I can see that our business really will just purely be making the Ecotilt window because I know that there's going to be a demand for it, mainly because of the energy rating that it's got. I know and I think that's going to be the way my business will go.
Mark: How easy was it to get the rating?
Reg Bishop: It was easy, really, because the registration, there has to be filled in, an application and so on. But you get help from Mighton on that. Someone from Toronto comes down to do an audit in the workshop just to see how we can prove the window that goes out the door is the same as the one that was tested. It was fairly simple and straightforward.
Mark: The key to success here and the reason why you can guarantee that each window is up to that rating is because the windows come in kit form, don't they?
Reg Bishop: Yeah. Compared with the way we used to make black sash windows is the traditional way. Now, it's just so much simpler. Essentially, you get, in the kit from Mighton, an element of UPVC which forms the jambs of the window. We've just fixed to that seal and a head out of timber. There's some cladding goes on it. And the frame really, compared with the old days when we used to make the original ones, if you're just making one window, you'd be talking about a day to make a frame at least. I mean, making that first one this way, we had it done in three hours.
It's the way the frame is made with the UPVC element. And the draft excluder, another bits and pieces, that come from Mighton in a kit. So, each window you make, you get a kit, all the components required for a window. So, traceability is simple and has been taken care of. And also, the knowledge that when the window is made, it works. The sashes slide which we always just have problem with the old ones, getting the draft excluder just good enough to stop drafts but not so strong that it was acting as a brake. With this system, you don't have that problem. You know when you've made the window that it's going to work.
Mark: And each kit can be adapted to whatever your order happens to be?
Reg Bishop: Oh, yeah. Yeah. It doesn't matter what size the window. I mean, the kits will come in varying sizes anyway. It doesn't matter if it's a sliding black sash window, you know, we know the kits cover it.
Mark: Does this mean as you ramp up production that you can move from a, you know, skilled workforce to one perhaps that is less skilled?
Reg Bishop: Indeed, yeah. Yeah, you could. I mean, there's a couple of skilled men in the workshop to keep an eye but almost turn it around to where you're just fabricating windows which, to be honest, is not a bad thing.
Mark: What was the customer service like for Mighton?
Reg Bishop: Well, to be affiliated with Mighton for some time and that their service is great, always has been. And now, with this -- the way it all comes to is in a kit form, the backup from Mighton, their service is great. There aren't problems with them.
Mark: Lovely, thanks very much, Reg. So, can Ecotilt really be as good for the joiner as we claim? Well, yes, it can because designers and architects love it for its traditional timber look. Also, at the same time tackling Part L of the Building Regulations and the temporary Working at Height Directive from the EC. It really is quick and easy to assemble and no other vertical sliding sash window has achieved an energy rating quite so high. To find out how you can become part of the Ecotilt revolution, register now at www.ecotilt.com. That's www.ecotilt.com and Mighton will send you a registration pack to get you started.