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RCI January 2018

ROOFLIGHTS & ROOFVENTS Supporting growth in the rooflights market Ian Weakford of Hambleside Danelaw and NARM marketing chairman talks about the growing rooflight market and the role that NARM has played As the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers (NARM) heads for its 20th anniversary in 2018, the Association continues to grow in terms of membership and influence. Data published recently by AMA, the UK building & construction market research organisation has highlighted significant growth in the UK market for rooflights. Whilst this can be attributed to many factors, NARM’s role in developing and supporting appropriate technical standards and communicating daylighting benefits cannot be underestimated as a contributing factor. A growing sector Rooflights still represent a relatively small sector within the overall roofing market, currently accounting for slightly under 10% of the UK’s roofing market by value. However, since 2012, the market specifically for rooflights has shown strong growth year-on-year, increasing by a substantial 25% between 2012 and 2016, with similar growth expected to be reported for 2017. These figures relate to standard modular rooflight systems widely used on flat roofs, which are supplied in many sizes and styles, and that are assembled onsite or delivered as prefabricated units to create barrel vault rooflights, bespoke or complex high-value roof / atrium glazing. Excluded from the analysis are opening skylights and in-plane roof windows used on domestic pitched roofs. Growth in the rooflight market is supported by a number of factors and trends within the roofing, building and home improvement markets in general. In particular, an increase in flat roof construction has led to growth in the rooflights 066 JANUARY 2018 RCIMAG.COM market, as well as home extensions and commercial property extensions. Development & Innovation A recent focus on improved daylighting has driven demand for rooflights in both residential and commercial sectors. Over the last ten years, NARM has played a key role in commissioning research and communicating the role that rooflights can play in achieving Part L compliance – as well as underlining the benefits to health and wellbeing that result from high levels of daylight in building interiors. The development of new products by NARM member companies, such as larger flat glass and ‘walk-on’ rooflights designed to floor loadings, has made a further contribution – and the upgrading of existing products with higher specification designs and materials, has added further value to the market in recent years. The demand for glass rooflights has increased year on year due to the uptake of premium products such as triple glazed units and self-cleaning glass. Since 2013-2014, glass products have taken an increased share of the overall market, with key uses being mid to higher specification ‘walk on’ flat rooflights and panel glazing. The main end use applications for these products are school buildings, leisure centres, indoor swimming pools, shopping malls and transport terminals as well as residential properties. A range of end use sectors NARM member companies also offer a wide range of polycarbonate rooflights. These are mainly used for commercial buildings, with the key applications being barrel vault rooflights and modular domes. Profiled in-plane GRP rooflights are the other major product group within the rooflights sector and supplied by NARM member companies. The growth in shed construction has been driven by a number of factors – in particular the increasing consumer demand for products purchased from online retailers. NARM and its member companies have been active in communicating greater understanding of the contribution that rooflights can make to the overall energy performance of metal buildings, by providing a natural source of diffused daylight and reducing the demand for artificial lighting. Overall, there are many varied key nonresidential markets for manufactured rooflights. Education represents the largest non-residential end use sector with an estimated 25% share by value, followed by industry and agricultural buildings and the leisure sector. The leisure sector contains within it many varied facilities from museums and galleries to swimming pools and indoor sport centres, while other major end use sectors include offices, transport buildings and retail buildings. Looking forward into 2018, NARM will be continuing to support the rooflight industry and to provide a source of objective information for rooflight specifiers and installers. As a supplier member of the NFRC, NARM will also be working closely with them in 2018, in support of their commitment to training and skills development within the roofing sector. www.narm.org.uk Glass dual-pitch rooflights GRP in-plane profiled rooflights Modular polycarbonate domes


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