Fife Council has appointed Sheerframe fabricator and installer CMS Enviro Systems to a £7M 3-year window and door replacement and recycling contract after their successful European tender bid.
The 3-year contract will see CMS Enviro Systems supply energy efficient ‘A’ rated 100% lead, barium and cadmium free PVCu windows to over 2,500 council properties throughout the Kingdom. The scope of the tender also incorporates the recycling of all extracted windows and doors from the replacement programme, helping Fife Council to achieve their community objectives and avoid unnecessary waste to landfill. The project forms part of Fife Council’s Scottish Housing Quality Standard investment programme.
Fife Council – Scotland’s largest unitary authority are leading the way with sustainable design and construction practices in the UK. The capital investment programme gave Fife the opportunity to review their traditional “C” rated window specification. After significant research into the European window industry they combined key energy efficiency, climatic, and environmental requirements to create a ground-breaking specification offering major fuel savings, reduced CO2 emissions, zero waste, environmentally friendly PVCu and windows that are lighter and stronger than before.
CMS Enviro Systems met and exceeded the tender requirements with their BFRC ‘A’ rated Envirowindow. This system uses the Sheerframe 7000 profile, fully reinforced with Thermlock FP, a lead-free PVCu box channel which is half the weight of traditional steel reinforcements. This innovation offers greater thermal efficiency and safer manual handling. Fife Council has taken a genuine whole-life approach to costing with their window specification, and beyond the obvious environmental benefits, this recognises the payback to tenants of installing A rated windows with a guaranteed
35 year life expectancy.
Fife Council is the first in Scotland to specify ‘A’ rated lead-free windows on a window replacement contract and they hope that other councils, national house builders and housing associations follow their lead in raising the bar on window quality in the UK. In addition to supplying the windows and doors and recycling existing installations, CMS are bringing a number of other services to the contract including a round-the-clock emergency response, mobile presentation unit; web based tracking technology and an asset management system.
John Rodigan, Fife Council Building Services Manager said: “Our Housing and Neighbourhood Services are now providing the tenants of Fife with the best possible window for them and the enviroment. This contract has been two years in the making and represents best practice in Europe.
“Our specification was demanding but not unachievable as CMS have demonstrated. The Housing Partnership in Fife are delighted to be working with a company as committed to quality and the environment as CMS. As well as exceeding our rigorous technical expectations they are extremely customer focussed and offer any number of added value and corporate social responsibility benefits. The new contract has given us a 5% saving on the traditional window supply arrangements so we have effectively moved to a far superior window and reduced costs in doing so.
“I would urge any individual or organisation embarking on window replacement and sharing Fife Council’s objectives to contact myself for specification support. We are proud of what Fife Council have achieved in this window supply package and want to share the considerable benefits with a wider audience. Only in doing so will the UK window industry modernise and make the investment necessary to match the advanced products and environmental standards enjoyed elsewhere in Europe.”
This latest success for CMS follows their appointment to a City of Edinburgh Council 4-year European framework agreement, for the supply and installation of 100% lead, barium and cadmium free PVCu windows to thousands of Council owned properties throughout the city. Both the Edinburgh and Fife contracts will see CMS Enviro Systems supply to much of the domestic housing stock in East Central Scotland.
Andrew Kerr, managing director of CMS Enviro Systems, said: "It’s an exciting time for CMS and being appointed to this 3 year contract with Fife Council is the result of all the hard work and determination of our staff, for which I would like to say a big thank you. We are a professional company totally committed to supplying our clients with an affordable, top quality environmentally friendly product. Our success in the current financial climate is evidence of an intelligent client base, who are well aware of our environmental credentials and the life cycle savings our windows offer.”