Smart locks – Asking the right questions

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

Mila has just joined forces with Mighton to distribute its brand new Avia secure smart lock to the window and door trade market in the UK. We’ve done a huge amount of research on what the market needs and we’re very confident that Avia is the best solution for our customers. Continue reading…

Ignoring the rules could prove VERY expensive

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

In my last column in October, I talked about a friend of mine who had just moved into a new house only to discover that it had been fitted with windows and doors which were not ADQ compliant. Needless to say, he is now pursuing the matter with the house builders direct to try to get them replaced with products which do comply.

As a result, the installer in this case, and very likely the fabricator as well, is facing the huge, and very expensive, task of replacing windows and doors on this whole new development.

Continue reading…


Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

A friend of mine moved into a new build house a couple of weeks ago and, being the hardware nut that I am, I couldn’t help but take a close look at what had been fitted to the windows and doors. After all, one of the big attractions of the new house was that it would be safe and secure for his family.

Imagine my surprise then when I realised that not one of the windows adhered to ADQ – despite the fact that it has been three whole years since ADQ became mandatory Continue reading…

PAS24:2016 – Why you need to act now to win SBD work

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

Secured by Design has just announced that as of 1 October it will only be accepting PAS24:2016 accreditation on its new developments.

By then, it will of course have given the industry more than 2 years to get its act together on the replacement for PAS24:2012, and allowed time for the test houses to get their UKAS accreditation in place and for fabricators to get their Continue reading…

SAFETY FIRST Why safety devices need to be tested regularly

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

I think Mike Derham, Chairman of Mighton Products, has been doing a great job highlighting the lack of a coherent campaign in the UK to prevent young children falling from windows.

He has pointed out that, in the US, there is an ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standard which helps prevents falls, educates carers about window safety and defines standards for safety devices, but that nothing directly comparable exists over here. Continue reading…

Don’t just take their word for it – Why installers should ask their suppliers for proof that products pass the test

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

I’ve been writing this column in Glass News for nearly five years now, and during that time I think I’ve made it quite clear just how committed I am to promoting best practice in hardware design and installation, and particularly how much I believe in robust and transparent third party testing and auditing of products.

I was pleased then to see the editorial and advert from Siegenia which featured in the March issue stressing the need for hardware fitted in the UK to be fully independently tested. Since Mila is Siegenia’s largest UK distributor, it’s particularly heartening to read Adrian Vickers supporting my view Continue reading…