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UK's First Bi-Fold BBA

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UK's First Bi-Fold BBA

Eurocell Achieves UK's First Bi-Fold Door BBA Approval

Eurocell’s Aspect bi-fold door, which has been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Housebuilder Awards 2012 Best Product category and is now the first and only range in the UK to carry BBA Approval.

The BBA Certificate is being issued to Eurocell following a series of rigorous tests and assessments on the company’s manufacturing process and Aspect product range.

BBA Approval is recognised by building control, government departments, architects, local authorities, specifiers, and industry insurers like the NHBC. Certification will therefore provide all Eurocell customers that offer Aspect with another valuable point of difference.

Luke Adams, the BBA’s Sector Manager for Fenestration, commented: “Aspect has become the first bi-fold door in the UK to gain BBA Approval, following a series of rigorous assessments of both the product and manufacturing process. Gaining this third party product approval from a recognised UKAS accredited certification body like the BBA will provide the market with independent verification that the Eurocell product is fit for purpose.”

BBA is the UK's major authority offering approval and certification services to manufacturers and installers supplying the construction industry.
Gaining BBA Approval means that housebuilders, specifiers and homeowners can confidently choose Aspect bi-fold from Eurocell in the knowledge that regular independent third party inspections by the BBA are taking place to verify installed performance.

The new Certificate will allow BBA to offer Reproduction Agrément Certificates to the network of Eurocell fabricators that manufacture Aspect bi-fold doors, for use as sales tools.

To gain approval Eurocell had to satisfy the BBA that the Aspect bi-fold door range was fit for purpose through a series of rigorous laboratory tests, on-site evaluations and inspections of production.

This process was initiated by Eurocell soon after Aspect was launched and can take up to a year to be completed thoroughly.

As part of the process, BBA inspectors completed several audits of the manufacturing process at Eurocell to ensure that the company had a suitable quality management system in place.

Regular monitoring of the manufacturing processes by the BBA will continue with twice yearly inspections and a full and comprehensive reassessment every three years. This is carried out to ensure that the Aspect product specification agreed with the BBA is maintained.

“Becoming the first ever company in the UK to gain BBA Approval on a bi-fold door will enhance Aspect’s market-leading position,” said Ian Kernaghan, Product Manager at Eurocell. “Aspect already offers many unique features and this important accreditation by a UKAS recognised body provides yet another reason why customers should choose Eurocell.”

Aspect offers over 30 unique and innovative features, many of them patented. Features such as elimination of the need for a dummy mullion, superior sightlines and bespoke door furniture all add to its overall appeal and has resulted in Aspect winning several industry awards.

The latest addition to the range is a Building Regulation Part M (Mobility) compliant low threshold that makes Aspect suitable for use by wheelchair users and the elderly or infirm as well as for applications that are open to the public, such as care homes, bars and cafés.

Eurocell is supporting trade customers with an inspirational new Aspect consumer brochure that features stunning new photography, colours and door furniture options, along with details of external low thresholds available.

For further information about BBA, please contact: ladams@bba.star.co.uk or telephone 01923 665 300.

To find out more about why you should choose the UK’s only BBA Approved bi-fold door, system, call the Eurocell customer services team now on 0300 333 6525