In 2021, Lancashire Trade Frames (‘LTF’), a Lancashire based family business announced the successful completion of an independent audit of its manufacturing processes and the award of several accreditations relevant to the construction industry. Foremost amongst those was the Gold CMS Mark awarded by CENSolutions for the company’s windows. Now the company is celebrating the same top-level award being granted for its composite and double door products which have attained the PAS 24:2016 Standard.
So what is PAS 24:2016?
PAS 24:2016 is one of the most important standards. Covering enhanced security considerations and weather testing, it is keenly sought by those in both the domestic and commercial markets. With specifications exacting, buyers enjoy both superb performance and enhanced confidence.
Mark Rowland, the fabricator’s Managing Director, is delighted to have secured this new award and has thanked the whole LTF team for their efforts. But he stresses that the company is not simply in the business of collecting certificates for the sake of it. He said, “The wider construction industry demands proof of quality and certifications are required when tendering for contracts. Key specifiers such as the NHBC and Secured by Design demand exacting standards that are embedded in a business’s culture. This is a challenging accreditation to achieve, but it’s also its strength. It’s not a flimsy piece of paper. It carries weight.”
PAS 24:2016 is a widely recognised standard, but its achievement is perhaps even sweeter given the CENSolutions rigorous auditing process. Every three months the company must prove its products and processes remain up to the coveted gold standard.
Mark Rowland said, “If I was buying windows and doors rather than making them, I’d trust an operation that had their seal of approval.”
The company’s commitment means it now has proven Gold standard compliance with BS EN 14351-1: (CE marking), BS 6375-1:2015 (weather testing), BS 7412 (PVC-U windows and doorsets), BS 8529 (composite doorsets), PAS 24:2016: (Enhanced Security) and Approved Document Q for its windows, composites and double doors. With Window Energy Ratings derived using BFRC approved simulators, Lancashire Trade Frames’ Kömmerling products are now verified to meet Band A.
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