uPVC Window and Doors Manufacturers Association (UWDMA) a non-profit body has recently drafted a set of Quality guidelines to create benchmark of technical specification of uPVC Windows and Doors. The new guidelines listed online at www. uwdmaindia.org give consumers a better understanding of the options available.
Some of the key points covered under the new guidelines address all aspects of a given uPVC window and door profile. This includes profiles quality parameters, hardware tested for functionality, strength, operation & smoothness, usage of galvanized steel, processed glass only as per standards set by Federation of Safety Glass, Quality System Procedure or Quality documents to be verified of the manufacturer and installation.
UWDMA through Bureau of Indian Standards is also working on a standard for the Indian market based on the EN 12608 with certain parameters adapted to suit the Indian climatic conditions and test ability. The profiles, besides being required to conform to EN 12608:2003 also require that their class be specified by the manufacturer clearly printed on the profile so that the customer can identify the brand or original manufacturer and the standard followed.
“In India, because of non-adherence in standardization, unlike in the western countries, uPVC products may lose sheen. Since the uPVC windows and doors market is expected to grow in the years to come, we want to build a strong foundation so that the market does not get infiltrated with sub-standard products. The new benchmarks have been created with the objective of streamlining the industry and instilling trust in the minds of consumers.,” says Rajesh Chawla, Vice-President, UWDMA.