I suppose after that, around two and half years ago with my experience, I decided certification was an issue. There were, or are, a lot of cases where people submit certification documentation for windows without the empirical proof or workings to back it up.
A lot of the time this is because they don’t know the services like AFRC Lab even exist — we are very niche after all — but they end up falsifying values, or meeting the wrong standards. The result is a product that doesn’t do what it should, in essence, so that they can sell the windows they have quoted on to the builders etc.
And that’s a massive issue in our patch, especially when you’ve got people paying six and 10 million for buildings. We try to help make sure those people are getting what they paid for, which is why we offer free peer reviews of certifications for ESD (environmental sustainable development), builders and surveyors, so we can raise awareness about the kinds of evidence you can actually get, and to help educate people to start asking questions.
Really, I hope my work can help demystify these sorts of things.