Innovation is a key part of CMS Window Systems’ success and is driven by one thing – our commitment to bringing our clients the most innovative fenestration solutions and services we can, now and in the future.
CMS is a multifaceted organisation. It won’t surprise you, then, that when it comes to innovation, we take a multifaceted approach. That includes an unstoppable commitment to research and development into new ways to advance and improve the design, build and manufacture of all our windows.
Our dedicated R&D team work together to constantly assess and evaluate existing and new technologies and processes right across our products and services – not only within our own factories and facilities but across our supply chain partners too.
That doesn’t just mean evolving better practices for existing working methods and seeking creative and innovative solutions to existing problems. We are committed to actively developing new products and technologies that will benefit our own team, partners and clients and – we hope – the industry as a whole.
Is it ambitious? Of course it is. But as the successful development and implementation of two recent examples – our new QR Codes and CMS iAuditor – illustrate, it’s the kind of future-forward approach that has helped us become one of the UK’s leading window system providers. And there’s plenty more where that came from.
All our PVCu windows and doors now feature a unique QR code to allow full traceability throughout the product’s lifespan to assist service engineers with the maintenance and any future repairs of the product. Simply scan the code and you’ll be directed to a web page providing full details about the product. It couldn’t be simpler.
The CMS iAuditor system enables remote monitoring of site activity, providing total visibility of site operations. Health & Safety audits and pre- and post-works inspection audits are carried out on site using the system, along with tenant satisfaction surveys – and all with real-time results for the most up-to-date data possible.
The Innovation Hub at CMS HQ is a practical example of how retrofitting energy-efficient products can dramatically transform the performance of a building.
When CMS relocated to Castlecary, North Lanarkshire, in 2012, it was a disused warehouse with the lowest G-rating for energy efficiency and facing demolition. Today, the 10,000 sq. ft. facility in the grounds of CMS HQ is a model of energy efficiency – with an all-important A-rating to prove it.
Retrofitted with highly thermally-efficient windows and doors, external ‘stone wool’ insulation blocks and an intelligent air source heat recovery climate control system (which recovers heat from one area of the building and transfers it to another), it’s proof that even the most energy inefficient buildings can be improved dramatically by retrofitting quality, energy efficient products, saving tonnes of construction material from being sent to landfill.
“This is an outstanding facility which is unlike any other venue that our Building and Advisory Group has visited in Scotland” – Louise McMillan, APSE event coordinator