CMS Window Systems
- Sector: Scottish Firms
- Region: Scotland
Window of opportunity
Since it was founded in 2006, CMS Window Systems has established itself as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and installers of PVCu, aluminium and timber composite windows, doors and curtain walling systems. The Cumbernauld-based company produces 2,000 windows
a week and thousands of square metres of curtain walling every year.
“Our environmental credentials have helped us to gain long-term contracts with a number of local authorities”
Energy efficiency is central to everything the firm does and its approach to the issue has been one of the most important elements underpinning its growth.
“Our environmental credentials have helped us to gain significant long-term contracts with a number of local authorities, changing the criteria for window and door-replacement tenders in the process,” says Managing Director Andy Kerr.
“All waste, including all extracted window and door material, passes through our two dedicated recycling facilities and is reintroduced into the manufacturing process wherever possible, keeping costs down."
In 2014 the company created the CMS Innovation Hub, which has enabled it to physically demonstrate its sustainability ethos to potential clients and others. “We transformed a building that was ‘G’ rated for energy efficiency into one which is now ‘A’ rated, and avoided sending tonnes of waste to landfill in the process,” says Andy.
Today the CMS Innovation Hub is used to deliver seminars to internal and external stakeholders on issues surrounding energy efficiency in buildings. “It is also a forum for wider industry consultation, debate and learning,” adds Andy, “which is why we offer use of the facility, free of charge, to educational institutions and organisations devoted to energy efficiency and driving up housing standards”.
- 2,000 - How many windows the company produces every week
The company also recently launched the CMS Silent-Therm Window, the country’s first Quiet Mark-approved acoustic PVCu window, which is ‘A’ rated for energy performance and can reduce sound travel into a room by 5db, while at the same time optimising both heat insulation and solar gain. Andy concludes: “Innovation is the key to staying ahead of the competition.”