A COMPANY providing glazing for some of Huddersfield’s most innovative buildings has launched a new division to meet rising concerns about energy-efficiency.
Dortech Architectural Systems Ltd, based at Fieldhouse Business Park in Huddersfield, has set up Dortech Maintenance to provide refurbishment and maintenance services for a variety of window and door products.
The company, which has supplied products for schemes including Huddersfield University’s creative arts building and business school, hopes to create more jobs as a result of the launch of the division.
And it is expected to prove attractive to customers keen to ensure their properties are as energy-efficient as possible at a time of rising fuel costs and the need to go “green”.
Dortech maintenance services manager Darren Grubb said: “This exciting new business venture was set-up in acknowledgement of the importance of maintaining a building’s ‘envelope’ – the barrier that ideally retains heat energy in winter or keeps it out in summer.
“In poorly functioning envelopes, heating and cooling energy will be lost to the atmosphere at a higher rate than the loss from efficient envelopes. Over time, if a building’s envelope is not maintained, significant reductions in its performance will be observed.
“Additionally, the cost of energy is going through the roof due to rising levels of demand, reliance upon fuel supplied from overseas, planned decommissioning of coal fired power stations over the next few years and nuclear replacements which are not due to be online until 2016.
“The UK has been targeted with reducing its carbon emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels by 2050.
“Maintaining and improving a building envelope, therefore, represents an increasingly important way of helping us get there.”
Dortech, which employs 60 people directly and up to 200 sub-contractors, said its maintenance operations already had a proven track record in the commercial glazing industry.
Dortech has been designing, making and installing windows, doors, roof lights and curtain walling for more than 18 years. It works in a variety of sectors, including education, health, retail, commercial, residential, hotel and leisure.
During this time, the company has manufactured and installed more than £90m worth of windows and window-related products.