Continuing to keep residents safe and warm the priority for Shelforce

Birmingham window and fire door manufacturer Shelforce plays a vital role in the city’s housing sector to make sure residents and communities are comfortable and secure in their homes.

Working closely with local authorities, including Birmingham City Council, and housing associations, Shelforce specialises in providing high-quality uPVC windows and fire doors that have been tested and certified to meet the necessary standards of safety and efficiency to building projects, from high rises to new builds.

Its fully compliant Fireshel 30-minure fire, smoke, and security resistant door has been keeping residents safe, while its high-performance uPVC windows are helping to provide warmer, more energy efficient and insulated homes for tenants living in high-rise apartments.

And demand has skyrocketed over the last three years as local authorities and housing associations strive to meet changing regulations – with Shelforce not only supplying products that meet those standards, but also the right advice for those who are struggling to navigate the evolving landscape of building regulations and safety standards.

Recent stats from the GGF that 98% of windows in the UK are currently not meeting current building regulations, with some 80 million windows needing to be replaced if the UK hopes to meet the government’s net zero targets, mean energy efficiency, alongside the adherence to safety standards being met for the installation of fire doors, must be at the forefront of minds.

“Local authorities and housing associations have a commitment to the safety and quality of life for residents with the maintenance and enhancement of properties, with replacement windows and doors, including fire doors, essential components for both safety and energy efficiency,” said Howard Trotter, Shelforce’s Business Manager.

“The range of products and manufacturers, plus the ever-changing building regulations, can be overwhelming. We have been able to form long-term partnerships with our customers as trusted manufacturers, so they know the right products are being specified for the right project and meeting the right regulations.

“Due to our experience and world-class manufacturing, we understand that navigating building regulations and compliance is a challenge when specifying windows and fire doors and you must have all the right information to hand.”

Indeed, at the time of writing, Shelforce is one of just four companies that have been shortlisted for the Excellence in Manufacturing Award at the 2024 Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Awards.

Shelforce was recognised by the judging panel for an unwavering commitment to excellence and maintaining high standards in the manufacturing sector and the mark the company has left on the economic landscape and community fabric of Greater Birmingham.

It’s commitment to inclusivity in the workplace and opportunities for its inclusive workforce, 75% of which have a disability, saw Shelforce receive the King’s Award for Enterprise in Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility) last year.

Upcoming major investment in new machinery for fire door and uPVC window production and increasing its number of full-time staff will help Shelforce become more efficient in terms of labour and throughput to continue to meet high demand. The investments will mean the Erdington-based company can manufacture 500-600 windows a week and 250-300 fire doors a week.

Making them the perfect partner for local authorities and housing associations for the years ahead.

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