With The Installer focussing this month’s issue on the topic of Energy, we thought we’d take an opportunity to remind readers that there are a number of elements to Certass; particularly the Thermal Rating Register (TRR).
TRR provides a simple system to demonstrate the energy efficiency of varying window and door designs. It uses a simple colour coded A-G rating, similar to that seen on white goods. The higher the rating, the better the overall thermal efficiency and the greater the savings consumers can expect. TRR provides details of PVC-U, timber and metal windows.
The Building Regulations require replacement windows to be a minimum of a ‘C’ rating. The rating of windows not only takes into account the amount of heat the window loses directly but also the amount of air that can escape through the frame and the positive benefit of heat energy gained from solar energy.
Much of the work of TRR is applied to fabricators – with installers simply purchasing finished goods that have already been rated. However, if an installer buys frames from one company and glass from another, they have to ensure that the combination is rated. TRR has a system that allows installers operating in this way to comply with their legal requirements. Thus, belonging to TRR can give your business a competitive edge as it provides a cost effective system to register your window designs. Our rating processes are streamlined to ensure a smooth registration process.
Windows registered with Certass TRR will receive an A-C rating and you will be provided with certificates of compliance. In addition your services will be listed on the TRR website as conforming to Building Regulations where consumers are able to search local installers by window rating and framing material.
TRR Accredited Installer
Becoming a TRR Accredited Installer not only allows you to demonstrate Building Regulation compliance but also provides marketing advantage. Consumers are becoming more aware of energy savings and are familiar with the A-G rating already in place on white goods. Using a Window Energy Rating gives you a marketing edge and can help differentiate product lines based on rating – ‘A’ rated windows are usually sold at a premium price.
People you know
Certass members will be reassured to know that TRR is operated by Certass staff you already know and trust. A tightly integrated service allows TRR to offer Certass members significant savings over other Window Energy Rating services. Even if you are not a Certass member, TRR offers excellent customer service and cost savings.
What information do we need to provide to qualify as a TRR member?
This can vary dependent on the scheme you are joining, but we will always require a copy of the BSEN 1279 certificates from your glass supplier. We may also require a copy of the full simulation reports from your frame supplier.
For more information call and ask our team about
TRR membership on
or please visit http://www.certass.co.uk/