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The GGF welcomes your cases studies and we are pleased to include this stunning piece of work by Solarshield in the Royal Academy of Arts.
Solarshield were proud to have completed a project in The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
The multi-million-pound redevelopment included a new bridge linking its two buildings in Mayfair and Piccadilly and also redevelopment of the gallery spaces.
The new space showcases numerous exhibitions including that of famous architect Renzo Piano, providing an overview of his work and follows his career, from the influence of his Genoese heritage and his rise to acclaim alongside friend and collaborator Richard Rogers, to current projects still in the making.
As part of the design process, consideration needed to be given to the comfort of visitors and protection of the exhibits within the new space. One of the concerns Arups projects team highlighted was the potential problems associated with excess visible daylight, also UV transmitted through the large upper roof lights above the gallery space.
Solarshield were asked to install 3M daylight redirection window film to ensure visitors and exhibits were not affected by the direct sun light. This product is designed to help redirect and evenly distribute daylight within the roof lights and space of galleries 9 and 12.
Solarshield worked with the contractor on site to ensure this highly specialised installation was completed.
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All your Window Film questions answered
Can I install window Film DIY?
Although it is possible for a practical person to install the standard range of window films it is recommended that an experienced installation technician should be utilised. Apart from ensuring an acceptable aesthetic finish it will mean that a full warranty (typically 10 years) can be obtained.
Why use a GGF Member?
The use of a GGF will ensure that the installation will meet all the stringent industry standards applicable. These cover all aspects of the installation from visible appearance through to thermal compatibility to make sure the installation does not cause any detriment to the glazing system
What is Window Film
Window is a base of clear polyester which is either then dyed, extruded or metallised to produce a product that reduces heat and glare from the sun that increases comfort and reduces energy usage.
Is Window Film suitable for both New and existing buildings?
Yes film is suitable for both new and existing buildings however its greatest use is being retrofitted in existing buildings.
Will Window Film stop my Conservatory Overheating?
The use of a high performance window will dramatically reduce conservatory overheating making the space much more user friendly.
Do I need Planning Permission?
Planning permission for film is not normally required.
Is Window Film Bullet Proof?
Window films are not bullet proof, blast proof or burglar proof. However they will give a greater level of safety and security when used for these purposes. You should always ask for the appropriate certification when using window film for these reasons.
How is film maintained once installed?
Once installed window film should be cleaned in a similar way to glass and a soapy water solution and squeegee are ideal. However abrasives of any type should be avoided.
Does window film improve both U and G Values?
Yes film will improve both the heat gain and heat loss properties of the glazing system.
What are they for?
Films can broadly be divided into 4 types: solar control, safety/security, automotive and privacy. Advances in manufacturing techniques now allows for 2 or more of these types to be combined into one film.Solar Control films are designed to reduce incoming solar heat, glare and ultra violet (UV). They are available in many colours and tend to have 3 or 4 ‘strengths’ per range- from high-reflective to very light. Solar films can totally transform a building by giving it a uniform colour and hiding untidy looking office environments- such as the backs of work desks, wiring, etc. Many buildings can benefit financially from an application of solar control film in the form of reduced air-conditioning costs.Safety/Security films range from 50 microns to 350 microns and more. They are extremely tough and hold glass together in the event of accidental or malicious impact. Safety/security films are used extensively in commercial buildings to bring glazing up to current British and European safety standards. The heavier gauge films are often specified in high-risk areas such as banks and government buildings. They resist unwanted entry and protect occupants from terrorist and accidental explosions.From totally opaque to a light sand-blasted appearance and available in every colour imaginable, Privacy films offer an attractive, cost effective solution for creating privacy or hiding areas of a building. Typical applications include cloakroom privacy, hiding curtain-walling behind large panes of glass and creating private areas within office environments.
I think I need a solar film but don’t want a mirrored look.
Whilst a silver solar film can make a building look very modern it would not suit a domestic application or an old, historic building. However, there are several neutral films available which can give maximum protection yet are hardly noticeable. Also, sputtering technology has led to several high-performance films which are extremely light.
How long will it last?
Window films are extremely durable and typically last 5-10 years and more, depending on where they are applied. There are documented cases of films lasting longer than this.
What happens if I want it removed?
No problem. The film itself can be pulled from the glass which will generally leave adhesive residue on the glass. This is removed by spraying with soapy water and using a razor-scraper. No need for any over-powering adhesive removers.
Can I clean the window after a film is applied?
Yes, using a soft, clean cloth or paper towel to clean and the same or a rubber squeegee to dry. Use mild detergent or every-day glass cleaning solutions. Basically, avoid using abrasive tools and chemicals.
This 12 page, A5 booklet is a definitive publication that will help consumers and businesses fully understand the benefits and qualities of window film. At a time when social and environmental issues and policies seem to be on everyone’s agenda, Window Film has a very important part to play in the future of glass and glazing in construction. “Window Film – Applications and Solutions” is an easy to navigate, reader friendly guide to Window Film that covers key areas such as energy efficiency, safety, security, protection from sunlight and privacy.This 12 page booklet gives advice on the advantages of applying a retrofil layer of window film to existing internal or external glass.
GGF Consumer Code of Practice
GGF Consumer Code of Practice
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Window Film can enhance your energy efficiency and provide thermal comfort
Over the past twenty years the UK has had a 60% increase in air conditioned buildings. Cooling a buildings temperature with the use of air conditioning often uses a lot more energy than heating the building; this is without allowing for the extra energy use by new technology systems often found in homes and working environments.
The most obvious source of high temperatures in buildings is the energy from the sun, followed by internal heat generated by technology, people and poor ventilation. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) in the UK reported that 40% of the load placed on air conditioning in offices comes from direct solar gain through windows.
As companies make changes to improve their energy efficiency, window film is becoming one of the key options. Window film is a retrofit layer applied to the internal or external surface of existing glass, designed to enhance the performance of windows by reducing solar heat gain and glare.
“As an energy saving product, window film is ideal. It reduces the amount of heat coming into a building by blocking solar energy. This in turn reduces the load on air conditioning unit and will reduce energy bills. Technological advances have created a range of shades and even virtually clear window films to suit all building types. In many cases it can upgrade the building’s efficiency coupled with improved visual appearance or even blast protection utilising combination window films.”
With the global shift towards a greener way of thinking the members of the Window Film Group of the Glass and Glazing Federation consult with companies in their drive to reduce their carbon emissions along with their carbon footprint and cut energy costs. With the correct film installed it is possible to cut cooling loading by upto 30%. With Carbon Reduction Commitments by Government and Corporations there is an urgent need to act and Window Film can be a quick and very visible solution to help reach the target. With an approved energy calculator dealers can consult with clients about their type of glazing and required film. This then provides an idea of estimated savings.
Commercial building owners, facilities companies and managing agents are tasked to maintain a reasonable temperature to satisfy its occupants whilst making every effort to control how much they spend on energy and other operating/maintenance bills.
In addition, UK businesses are asked by the EU Directive and Legislation such as Document ‘L’ of the Building Regulations to maintain comfort in the workplace for employees. This states that temperatures in the workplace are optimum and not at extremes; this is typically around 21°C/70°F. In achieving this, energy is consumed to either raise or lower the temperature.
Window film when applied onto existing glass will help to achieve this by balancing the temperature, minimising hot spots within the building. Extra benefits of an application of window film can also provide excellent glare control for screens, reduce the fading of interiors and with combination film can enhance the glazing to create blast mitigation.
Safety and Security is of the upmost importance
Members of the GGF Window film Group can offer the latest advice on current Health and Safety legislation, increased Security Measures & Anti-Bandit protection with the installation of a specific Window Film upgrade.
With most Employers taking their Duty of Care, Current Legislation, the heightened Security status as well as Health and Safety Regulations very seriously, the addition of window film to new or existing glass and glazing can greatly enhance the Performance & reduce the associated risks.
The Safety & Security films are available in numerous thicknesses, performances and specifications, many of them combining the very highest Performance and latest technologies, to not only Protect you in the event of an Accident or worse involving glass, but also offer added Solar and UV Protection.
For added Safety, applying Window Film can greatly enhance the existing glass performance and:-
- Offer added Impact resistance in line with the Workplace (Health Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992,specifically Regulation 14 and current DDA Regulations (link to GGF Reg 14 Doc PDF)
- The installation of window film manifestations to make glazing apparent and conspicuous,can enhance existing glass, and ensure it is also compliant with Regulation 14 and DDA Regulations
- Gives added containment to Balustrade or overhead glazing, ensuring broken glass stays in place reducing the risks with the dangerous pieces of unprotected glass(link to GGF overhead glazing Doc PDF)
- Window Film can hold dangerous shards together if glass is shattered, keeping people safer.
- Complies with the current European standards such as EN12600 (link to GGF testing report PDF)
For Increased Security the addition of Window Film can be highly recommended, as it creates an invisible barrier without changing the aesthetics of your Building envelope, it can :-
- Offer Greater Bomb Blast Resistance and added Blast Mitigation Performance to reduce the damage in the event of a bomb blast, protecting people & lives.(link to GGF BB report PDF)
- Window Film combined with Anchorage and containment systems protect from Anti-Bandit & Burglary,slowing down intruders & reducing the chances of smash and grab crime, therefore protecting the most vulnerable areas.
- Added Visual Security with One-Way and obscure films can be used to protect & prevent against criminals
- Window Film Complies with numerous security Tests to upgrade glass including GSA standards as well as 16933,16944 & EN356 (Add PDF covering details of relevant Security tests)
With so many solutions to the most common glass problems and so many types of glazing installed throughout the UK, the GGF Window Film Group work closely with Glass Manufacturers and Film Manufacturers to ensure, all of the recommendations and specifications are up to date & comply with all current legislation.
In fact the GGF’s member’s expertise is often an integral part in the latest Test Measures & specifications.
Insist on the use of the GGF Window Film Group Members, to ensure your Window Film installation on glass is of the highest quality and complies with the latest regulations, which is extremely important when considering the reason for Window Film being applied in the first place!
Ensuring best practise and standards are maintained in this sector
Here are the most commonly used types of window film:
Adhesive Backed Polymeric Window Film (known as Window Film)
What is Window Film?
Adhesive backed polymeric window film is a high clarity polyester film that has been design for application to glass to improve its performance.
It is a glass treatment that can be professionally applied either in the factory to new glass or insitu to existing windows, glass doors and partitions.
The correct application of film onto glass can upgrade the original glazing to meet the requirements of Building Regulations, Health & Safety Regulations as well as British and European Standards.
Types of Window Film
When applied this type of film will transform an ordinary annealed glass into a safety glass that can be classified by EN 12600.
This type of film can enhance the performance of glass with respect to:
Resistance to manual attack;
Resistance to explosive pressure;
Resistance to ballistic attack spall reduction
Solar Control Film
When applied this type of film will modify the spectrophotometric properties of the glass. These films can be coloured and/or highly reflective. and/or low emissivity.
Low Emissivity Film
When applied this type of film will reduce the thermal transmittance (u value) of the glass.
Others Specialist films
Special Ultra Violet Reducing film;
RFI/EMF Shielding Film;
Anti Graffiti Film
Adhesive backed polymeric film should comply, in the future, with prEN 15752-1.
Sureguard Window Films® supply and install a wide range of solutions:
• Solar Control Window Films, to reduce glare and heat,
• Privacy Window Films, to make glass one way or totally private
• Safety Window Films, to upgrade currently non compliant glass in line with current H&S legislation
• Security Window Films, to protect against vandal attack/explosion
• Window Graphics, including simple dots, stripes and square manifestation to branding and digitally printed graphics
• Wall Art/Graphics, including cut and printed solutions and wallpapers
We are based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and cover the whole of the UK.
- Safety Window Film
- Security Window Film
- Solar Control Window Film
- Privacy Window Film
- Window / partition graphics
Started in 2002 as a family run business, MVM Window Films has grown with the increasing demand from its commercial and residential customers whilst retaining the core values of excellence, integrity, honesty, reliability and professionalism on which it was founded. Based in Fareham, Hampshire, we provide an installation service from Cornwall to Kent, Hertfordshire to Hampshire, London and everything in between.
We hold a number of accreditations including:
- LLumar Authorised Fitment Centre
- Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF)member
- Government endorsed Trustmark Standard
We aim to provide our customers with premium grade products and quality installation services.
- Anti-Shatter Safety Film
- Security & Blast Mitigation Film
- Glare Reduction Film
- Solar Heat Reduction Film
- Fade Reduction Film (Ultra Violet Radiation)
- Reflective and Frosted Privacy Film
- Vinyl, Window Graphics and Signage
Invicta are specialists in all type of window films, manifestation graphics and blinds. Films included bomb blast, safety & security, spectrally selective solar control and privacy films. Manifestation included digital printed graphics as well as cut vinyl. All blinds types including electrical.
- Window Films
- Manifestation Graphics
- Supplied and installed
ADS Window Films Ltd. are a Devon based company covering the South West of England. Their window film range covers a variety of applications including Solar Control, Energy Control, Privacy, Architectural Enhancement, Manifestations, Safety and Security to improve the quality of your glazing and to ensure compliance with current building regulations.
- Window Film
- Solar, Safety & Security Film
- Blast Mitagation Films
- Manifestation Graphics
- Anti Fade Films
Although blinds could have been used to control the glare (they would have little effect on the heat or energy use) they were not practical and also spoilt the panoramic view enjoyed from this top floor office.
It was decided to install a high performance neutral coloured external solar control film that reduced the glare by 80% and the heat by 70%. This film also reduces air conditioning usage by up to 30% so would also pay for itself in around 3 years from reduced air conditioning usage. It is a little known fact that it takes 3 to 4 times more energy to reduce the temperature by 1 degree as it does to heat by 1 degree.
Following the non-disruptive installation the occupants (employees) immediately had their comfort improved with vastly reduced glare and a dramatic reduction in heat.
Nigel Rees, GGF Group Chief Executive said ‘We are very pleased with the instant effect on heat and glare of the non- disruptive window film installation. We are looking forward to saving money too!’
Steve Rice, GGF Director of Technical Affairs commented, “It is always pleasing to witness a first class example of how a window film installation can solve existing problems with glazing. This installation has vastly improved the working environment for the staff with a reduction in extreme glare coming through the windows from strong sunshine. Secondly applying window film has made the GGF Building more energy efficient, something that is always high on our agenda. The finished job looks superb and I am pleased a GGF Member company from the Window Film Group undertook the work.”
The corresponding energy analysis showed that more than 125 kWh of energy (£15) would be saved per square metre of glass which relates to the short payback time. With an expected lifetime well past 10 years this type of solution provides a high performance for many years to come.
To find out more about the GGF Window Film Group please visit https://www.ggf.org.uk/group/window-film-group
Twickenham Studios was established in 1913 and is one of the UK’s oldest and most celebrated film and TV studios. Many classic films have been shot at the studios such as The Italian Job, A Fish Called Wanda, An American Werewolf In London, Ghandi and Zulu along with most of the Beatles movies.
The Lounge is Twickenham Studio’s new rooftop bar. Located at the top of the main building, it offers beautiful panoramic views over Richmond Park.
This fabulous new facility includes a roof terrace which you access through brand new Clement steel screens. Made from strong EB24 steel sections, they are robust, but also incredibly slim and elegant. These bespoke doors have genuine T bars and a high glass specification, including Guardian Sun Guard offering solar protection and an argon gas filled cavity which improves thermal efficiency.
To complement the steel screens and doors The Lounge also boasts a beautiful, matching Clement steel window. All the steel windows, doors and screens have been polyester powder coated with one colour, Graphite Black, on the inside to complement the interior and another colour, Anthracite Grey, on the outside.
Commercial Director Andrew Boswell commented: “Since The Lounge opened its doors, it has provided a ‘wow’ factor for staff, tenants and production crews alike. It is also highly sought after as a private hire venue for wrap parties, industry functions and birthdays and with the doors open on to the terrace of a summer’s evening, there is no better place to be in this part of London.”
Specialists in Glass protection Window Film and Glass Containment Solutions for architectural building flat glass and glazing, based in the UK and operating globally. Please see below our range of commercial and residential window films and additional services.
- Tried and tested Blast mitigation window film and window film and anchoring solutions.
- Proven Energy Reduction Window films for energy/financial savings and increased thermal comfort.
- Solar Control Window Films for glare and heat gain reduction.
- Privacy Window Films for one-way vision and privacy.
- Anti-Shatter Safety Films as an immediate retrofit solution to H&S Legislation compliance
- Enhanced Security whilst retaining your existing glazing with the Filmtek range of high-tensile strength film and anchoring solutions with a system suitable for all types of glazing systems.
- Frosted film, manifestation and bespoke graphics
All installed without disruption to the day-to-day activities of your building and your business.
Other services include:
- Testing of existing aged film in accordance with the GGF Standards to confirm continued effectiveness
- Our team of surveyors are available to carry out Regulation 14 health and safety glazing audits to ensure your full compliance and provide you with a concise report of findings.
Window & Door Maintenance Services Limited have been trading for the last twenty years as a window and door installation and rectification company.
Window and Door specialise in the installation & rectification of all types of windows & doors in the commercial, industrial and domestic sector. We also offer many other services such as roller shutter door repairs & replacements, specialist window films, secondary glazing, installation of security bars, grills, steel doors, Upvc & aluminium windows & doors, curtain walling, window winding gear, glazing, fascia’s, soffits, guttering systems, double glazed units and much more. Our policy of continuous improvement enhances the company’s reputation for quality service & product.
Window & Door have gained many accreditations such as GGF, ConstructionLine, Fair Trades Association, The National Federation of Glaziers, Fensa, Safecontractor & Trust Mark. We are bound by a strict code of practice that includes conforming to all aspects of Health & Safety. Our policy and procedures address Health & Safety and environmental aspects.
We also operate our own quality assurance system in commitment to ensuring all our customers are provided with good quality service & products.
We are a company that is dedicated to the repair and maintenance of PVCu and Aluminium window and doors including additional security such as child saftey products and other additional item that can be fitted to windows and door, Window Film, winding gear.
- sealed units
- multi point locks
Solartek Films Ltd supply and install all types of Window Film to glass including; Solar Film, Heat Reduction Film, Glare Reduction Film, Blast Mitigation Film, Security Film, Safety Film, Privacy Film, Energy Saving Film, All types of Manifestation, Partition Graphics and Digital Printed Films.
- Nationwide Window FilmSuppliers & Installers
- Regulation 14 Glazing Surveys
- 10 – 15 Year Manufacturers warranties
- Accredited installers for all the world’s leading Manufacturer’s
- Competitive Window Film Quotations
Unprotected glazing can potentially be very dangerous to us all. Without glazing film or blinds, an ordinary piece of glazing offers little or no protection against the hazards of daily life.
Established in 1988, Glazing Films & Blinds are specialists in the window film, commercial blinds and glazing industry. We are unique in the fact that we supply and install an extensive range of window film products, commercial blinds and cubicle track, as well as providing a full glazing service – providing cost efficient, effective solutions for all glass related issues.
We’ve built our success and our reputation on a real desire to give our customers quality products, great value for money and a polite, friendly service from our head office team. With our extensive knowledge we can guide you every step of the way from glass surveys to samples, advice and information on all the latest products in the marketplace.
Our thousands of satisfied customers include universities, schools, local government, Northumbria and Yorkshire police, the NHS and many large construction companies and architects.
We are proud to be a safecontractor approved company and members of CHAS, Constructionline and the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF). We also have all the relevant qualifications and insurances. Each installation carried out by Glazing Films & Blinds will meet the Glass and Glazing Federation’s installation guidelines. Each of our installers carry CSCS cards and is also fully PASMA trained, allowing them to carry out any work that is required at height.
Winners of Newcastle University’s ‘Excellent Contractor Awards 2014’ – 5-50 employees category.
- Window Film Specialists
- Glazing Specialists
- Glass Surveys
- Supply & Installation of Commercial Blinds
- Bespoke Manifestation
Please find listed below the complete list of available GGF technical and membership publications with quick direct links to each publication.
Some of the datasheets marked “in progress” means they are under review by the GGF Technical team, however where there is a link the current versions are still available until any changes are made.
The GGF Health and Safety publications can be found in a separate section. Please go here if you are looking for Health and Safety publications. https://www.ggf.org.uk/publications/health-and-safety-publications/
New or amended publications in the last 6-12 months are marked up NEW in blue text.
1.2 Datasheet – Plastic Glazing Sheet Materials Basic Products – Feb 2000
Section 1: Glass Types, Plastics and Glazing Materials
2.1 Datasheet Building Regulations – Glazing
2.2 Datasheet Window and Door System U-Values: Certified Data – June 2020 NEW
2.3 Datasheet GGF guide to WER and DSER – June 2020 NEW
2.9 Industry Guidance A Guide to the Design of Fire-Resistant Glazed Screens and Partitions to comply with the requirements for Impact and Crowd loadings – Jan 2001 https://www.ggf.org.uk/publications/glazing-manual/glazing-manual-section-2-physical-environment/2-9/
4.1 Datasheet Basic Putty Fronting Glazing Techniques for Single Glazing – July 2020 NEW
4.2 Datasheet System Design & Glazing for Insulating Glass Units – Upgrade Sept 2020 NEW
4.2.2 Industry Guidance Triple Glazing Guidance. Guidance for IGU Manufacturers, Frame Fabricators and Installers – 2016
4.2.4 Datasheet Quality of Georgian Bars and Leaded lights within Insulating Glass Units – In Progress
4.4 Datasheet Quality of thermally toughened soda lime silicate safety glass for building – 2017
4.4.1 Datasheet Thermally treated soda lime silicate glass products – General – 2016
4.4.2 Datasheet Thermally treated soda lime silicate glass products – Spontaneous breakage – 2018
4.4.3 Datasheet Thermally treated glass – Appearance – Interference Phenomenon – 2018
4.4.4 Datasheet Initial Type Testing – In Progress
4.4.5 Datasheet 1279 Update – In Progress
4.5 Datasheet Glazing with plastics – 2003
4.6.1 Datasheet Channel shaped glass: Generalities, definitions, terminology and properties – June 2020 NEW
4.6.2 Datasheet Channel shaped glass: Annealed – Wired & Unwired – June 2020 NEW https://www.ggf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/_pda/2018/01/Datasheet-4.6.2-2-Final-3-1.pdf
4.6.3 Datasheet Channel shaped glass: Thermally toughened soda lime silicate channel shaped safety glass June 2020 NEW https://www.ggf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/_pda/2018/01/Datasheet-4.6.3-Final-2.pdf
4.6.4 Datasheet Channel shaped glass: Coated channel shaped glass – June 2020 NEW
4.6.5 Datasheet Channel shaped glass: Glazing and performance of channel shaped glass – June 2020 NEW
4.8 Datasheet Recommendations for Fixing Mirrors – In Progress
4.8.1 Datasheet Visual Quality of Installed Mirrors – May 2020 NEW
4.9 Datasheet Compatibility of Glazing Sealants and Compounds with Insulating Glass Units – Upgrade Sept 2020
4.10 Datasheet Visual Quality Standard for installed Insulating Glass units Constructed from Flat Transparent Glass – Upgrade Oct 2020
4.11 Datasheet Laminated glass and laminated safety glass – 2016
4.12.1 Datasheet Curved glass Part 1: Generalities – Terminology, Properties and basis of measurement and test – 2016
4.12.2 Datasheet Curved Glass Part 2: Curved annealed glass – 2016
4.12.3 Datasheet Curved Glass Part 3: Curved thermally treated glasses – 2016
4.12.4 Datasheet Curved Glass Part 4: Curved laminated glasses – 2016
4.12.5 Datasheet Curved Glass Part 5: Curved Insulating Glass Units – 2016
5.1.1 Datasheet GGF Emergency Glazing Group – Making safe procedures – 2012
5.15.1 Datasheet Glass repair – Removal of surface damage from glass – 2015
5.16.1 Datasheet Appearance and visual quality specification for fire resistant glass and insulating glass units incorporating fire resistant glass – 2016
5.18 Datasheet Window Film: Recommendations for Adhesive Backed Polymeric Film Applied to Glass – June 2020 NEW
5.18.1 Datasheet Window Film: Visual Quality for Adhesive Backed Polymeric Filmed Glass – June 2020 NEW
5.18.2A Datasheet Installation Quality Standard for Applying Adhesive Backed Polymeric Film to Glass – June 2020 NEW
5.18.2B Datasheet Recommendations for Adhesive Backed Polymeric Film Applied to Glass: Installation Standard – June 2020 NEW https://www.ggf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/_pda/2018/01/Datasheet-5.18.2B-1.pdf
5.18.3 Datasheet Recommendations for Adhesive Backed Polymeric Film Applied to Glass: Visual Quality – June 2020 NEW
5.18.4 Datasheet Recommendations for Adhesive Backed Polymeric Film Applied to Glass: Blast Mitigation – June 2020 NEW
5.18.5 Datasheet Recommendations for Adhesive Backed Polymeric Film Applied to Glass: Containment of glass in the overhead position in the event of failure: Types of Systems and Precautions in use – June 2020 NEW
5.18.6 Datasheet Recommendations for Adhesive Backed Polymeric Film Applied to Glass: Containment of glass in the overhead position in the event of failure: Test Method – June 2020 NEW
5.18.7 Datasheet Recommendations for Adhesive Backed Polymeric Film Applied to Glass: On-site Peel Adhesion Testing – Aged adhesive backed polymeric film applied to vertical glass – June 2020 NEW
5.18.8 Datasheet Adhesive backed polymeric film guidelines for installation onto existing glazing – June 2020 NEW
6.1 Datasheet Windows & Doors: Safety – In Progress
6.2 Datasheet Windows & Doors: Security – In Progress
6.3 Datasheet Windows & Doors: Ventilation – In Progress
6.4 Datasheet Windows and Doors: Weather Resistance – In Progress
6.5 Datasheet Windows and Doors: Sound Attenuation – In Progress
6.6 Datasheet Windows and Doors: Light Transmittance – In Progress
6.7 Datasheet Guidelines for the Selection, Installation and Maintenance of Hardware for the Window and Door Industry – Upgrade Q4 2020
6.8 Datasheet Guidelines for the Selection, Installation and Maintenance of Screws and Fasteners for the Window and Door Industry – Upgrade Q4 2020
6.9 Datasheet Specification for the Performance of Door Assemblies – Upgrade Q4 2020
6.10 Datasheet Guidance for Surveyors and Installers for the Provision of Trickle Ventilation and other forms of Ventilation for replacement Windows within England and Wales – Awaiting AD F update
6.11 Datasheet Guidelines for the selection, installation and maintenance of screws and fasteners for the Window and Door industries – In Progress
6.16 Trade Guidance Product Substitution – In Progress
7.1 Datasheet Non-Vertical Overhead Glazing. Guide to the Selection of Glass from the Point of View of Safety – Awaiting BS5516 & 6262 Update
7.2 Datasheet Guidelines for the Use of Glass in Protective Barriers
8.1.1 Datasheet Security glazing Part 1: Definitions and description – 2016
8.1.2 Datasheet Security glazing Part 2: Manual attack-resistant glazing – 2016
8.1.3 Datasheet Security glazing Part 3: Bullet resistant glazing – 2016
8.1.4 Datasheet Security glazing Part 4: Explosion Resistant Glazing – 2016
8.1.5 Datasheet Security glazing Part 5: Framing and installation – 2016
9.1 Datasheet Building Regulations – Windows & Doors – In Progress
9.2 Datasheet Construction Products Regulation -In Progress
10.1 Datasheet Glass in the Home – General – -In Progress
10.2 Datasheet Glass in the Home – Furniture – In Progress
10.3 Datasheet Glass in the Home – Showers and Baths- In Progress
10.4 Datasheet Glass in the Home – Kitchen Worktops and Splashbacks – In Progress
10.5 Datasheet Glass in the Home – White/Brown Goods – In Progress
10.6 Datasheet Guidelines for the Use of Glass in Floors – In Progress
20.1 Industry Guidance A guide to Best Practice in the specification and use of fire-resistant glazed systems – 2018
20.2 Industry Guidance A guide to good practice. Specification and installation of conservatories within the UK
20.3 Industry Guidance A guide to good practice in the specification, installation and use of replacement windows and doors within England and Wales. – 2016
20.5 Industry Guidance Safety and security glazing good practice guide – 2017
21.1 GGF Standard Glass and Glazing Federation Standard for the Specification, Supply and Installation of Fire-Resistant Barriers containing Glass for Resistance against the passage of Fire and Products of Combustion
30.1 Consumer Guidance Low Emissivity Glass: The visual quality of Low Emissivity Glass – Upgrade Q4 2020
30.4 Consumer Guidance Quality of Vision, Double Glazing: Gives details of the visual quality to expect from your double glazed units – Upgrade Q4 2020
30,5 Consumer Guidance Glass repair – Professional advice on repairing damage on glass surfaces – 2012
30.6 Consumer Guidance Advice to consumers regarding ventilation when replacing windows in dwellings – Awaiting AD F update
30.7 Consumer Guidance A Guide to Trickle Ventilators – Awaiting AD F update
30.11 Industry Guidance Consumer acoustics guide
35.1 Consumer Guidance Conservatories Making the right Choice Offers advice and information on materials, designs and building purchase of a conservatory. – 2020 NEW
40.1 Consumer Guidance Laminated Glass. Safety and Security. Can you afford not to use it? – 2016
40.2 Industry Guidance Window Film; A guide to the Selection of Applied Film for Glass.- 2012
40.3 Consumer Guidance The Right Glazing in the Right Place Covers the different areas of buildings and the correct glazing to use.
40.4 Consumer Guidance Toughened Glass. Safety and Strength. Can you afford not to use it? – 2016
50.1 Consumer Guidance Condensation – Some Causes, Some Advice Explains how condensation occurs and offers some ways of reducing it – 2013
Why You Should Join the GGF
50.4 Model Terms and Conditions of Contract for non-GGF Members
50.4a GGF Guidance on the Implementation of the EU Consumer Rights Directive on 13th June 2014
50.5 Industry Guidance Narrow cavity Insulating glass Units – Sept 2014
100.1 GGF Standard TS007 security standard for replacement lock cylinders and protective door furniture – a guide for security and building professionals, installers and locksmith
Though it’s been a turbulent time for the industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact, the GGF has made significant strides in the first six months of the year. Through a combination of good planning, investment in people and high levels of productivity, the GGF has supported Members through this tough trading period.
The facts and statistics below show how the GGF has delivered like never before, in the first half of 2020.
Investment in people
- In January, John Agnew was appointed Managing Director
- In March, to reinforce the GGF’s Technical team of experts, the Federation appointed two new Technical Officers:
- In July, James MacPherson was appointed the GGF’s new Health, Safety and Environment Manager
Since January, the GGF has had presence and input into the following political forums:
- Government Repair Maintenance and Improvement (RMI) Work Stream run by BEIS
- Government Housing Work Stream run by MHCLG
- National Home Improvement Council Strategic Forum
- Construction Products Association (CPA) Trade Association Council
- CPA Committees such as Technical, External Affairs and Sustainability
- British Energy Efficiency Federation (BEEF) Plenary
- BEIS and Glass Manufacturers Forum
- Glass for Europe External Affairs Committee
- Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies
Plus weekly engagement with Government departments:
- BEIS (Business Energy and Industrial Strategy)
- MHCLG (Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government)
- HSE (Health and Safety Executive)
- Prime Minister’s Office
In 2020, the GGF has also engaged with Ministers in the devolved Governments of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
So far this year the GGF has published 20 new publications including:
- 17 new and/or updated Technical Datasheets on Channel Glass, Window Film and Visual Quality of Glass
- Two new industry Safe Guides to help companies through COVID-19 (now downloaded over 3,500 times)
- A new Consumer Guide to Conservatories and Orangeries, the most comprehensive in the industry
The GGF Technical Team has represented GGF Members at the following committees this year:
- Glass for Europe Technical Group
- Construction Products Association (CPA) Technical Committee
- CPA Industry Response Group
- Approved Document B (Fire Safety) Working Party
- CEN (Central European Norms/Standards) Committee
- Fire Sector Federation Technical Committee
- BIM (Building Information Modelling) Fenestration Relevant Authority Committee
In the first six months of the year the GGF has:
- Invested in a new Consumer Confidence promotional campaign
- Launched the Think Glass campaign on MyGlazing.com
- Continued the political campaigns on Fire Safety, Energy Efficiency and Skills/Training
- Rekindled the Cut the VAT campaign
The latest independent media monitoring report shows that from 1st January to 30 June, the GGF has:
- Featured in 276 articles across all media
- Provided over 5.2 million opportunities to view the GGF brand
- Released 48 press releases
It’s also proving to be a good year so far for the GGF web site www.ggf.org.uk and the online audience with:
- An increase of 18% on web visits v 2019
- An increase of 20% page views v 2019
- Uploads of over 150 pieces of new content
- Creation of 4 new sections on GGF.org.uk
- Implementation of two online trade surveys and one consumer survey
On the outstanding half yearly report, John Agnew, GGF Managing Director commented:
“Throughout the pandemic, the GGF has supported its members and the wider industry like never before. We have invested resource, time and thought, to continuously improve our high level of services. As we move into the second half of the year, we will produce even more as we continue to invest and work to help our Members and the industry rebuild their businesses. We have very challenging but exciting times ahead”
Though it has been a productive six months the GGF is now looking ahead to continuing to support its Members to the expected high levels.
This month, the GGF will re-commence its Technical Consultancy service. In August, there will be a thorough review of its Health and Safety service and in September the GGF Members Day will be delivered in a completely new and extensive format.
Busy times and even busier times ahead, for the GGF and its Members.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, the GGF Technical Team have not only been providing technical support to Members but have also been busy updating and creating no less than 10 new Technical Datasheets and in a refreshing re-design.
The Datasheets have been updated and aligned with the very latest legislation and industry developments.
The product categories covered in the revisions are the 4.8.1 Datasheet regarding Mirrors – the Visual Quality Standard for Installed Mirrors and the 5.18 series for Window Film. (Adhesive Backed Polymeric Filmed Glass).
The GGF Technical Team and now working on revising more Datasheets in Section 4 of The Glazing Manual including Datasheet 4.8 “Recommendations for fitting Mirrors” and Series 4.6 which includes a series of five Datasheets on Channel Glass.
With UK legislation and international, European and British Standards changing combined with the industry developing, the GGF Technical library is constantly revised and updated, to reflect the changes and to ensure Members get the best and most up to date guidance in the industry.
David Borland, GGF Senior Technical Officer said “As well as our ongoing assessment of changes to legislation and standards, we have also listened carefully to Members’ requests for Datasheets and Trade Guidance documents over the period prior to the lockdown. Very quickly, we created a priority list and have started delivering accordingly. We believe that these new and updated Datasheets will provide a valuable and up to date technical resource for Members operating in these sectors.”
To view/download the Datasheets please see list below and scroll over to select and click to access the PDF documents.
GGF Data Sheet 5.18.4
Recommendations for Adhesive Backed Polymeric Film Applied to Glass in the Overhead Position for Containment of Glass in the Event of Failure: Types of Systems and Precautions in Use
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