The visit was funded by the Japanese government to support the Japanese window industry in looking into creating a similar system to the one provided by BFRC and considered to be a world leading energy ratings systems.
The delegation came specifically came to the UK to meet the BFRC team and find out how the system works, how it has been received by the UK industry, and the challenges that have been faced and overcome.
The all day meeting started with a presentation from BFRC Technical Director, Gary Morgan, followed by an in-depth question and answer session. Giles Willson, BFRC Chairman, welcomed the visitors. Chris Mayne, BFRC managing director, and Toby Blamey, BFRC compliance manager, were also present.
Chris Mayne, BFRC managing director: BFRC was delighted to host this visit and share our knowledge and experience. BFRC’s technical expertise and history of operating one of the most successful and oldest established ratings systems is much in demand. This Japanese industry visit is the latest manifestation of what is worldwide interest. We would like to thank our colleagues at NSG for arranging this meeting.
Phil Brown, European Regulatory Marketing Manager, for NSG group: NSG Group is part of the industry body in Japan looking at window and doorset energy ratings. We obviously thought of BFRC and initiated a meeting. Sharing the learning gained from launching, operating and growing a successful system could be invaluable.
The Japanese delegation comprised:
Professor Hideyo Nimiya (Kagoshima University), Professor Akihiro Nagata (Tokyo Metropolitan University), Eiji Sakuma (Nichibei – shading devices manufacturer), Kazunori Takada (Excel Shanon – PVC window manufacturer), Dr Taito Kinoshita and Tomoko Shiozaki (Nippon Sheet Glass), Hiroshi Mine (Japan Construction Material & Housing Equipment Industries Federation), Dr Shinji Hagihara (Japan Testing Center for Construction Materials), Lecturer Kiyoshi Itami (University of Shiga Prefecture), Takashi Gondo (Kajima Corporation – general constructor), Dr Koichiro Saito (YKK AP – window frame manufacturer).
The meeting was held at Glaziers Hall on on 3rd November 2014.
British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC),
54 Ayres Street,
Phone: 020 7403 9200
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