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Bath University's Centre for Window and Cladding Technology has secured funding from the Department of the Environment for four research contracts.At a presentation to industry representatives at the Athan-aeum Club in London last week, DoE minister Tony Baldry announced details of the projects.They will focus on the use of advanced glazing materials; thermally improved frames; the fixing of natural stone, and the performance of glazing gaskets.The total value of the contracts is more than £257,000. All four projects will be 50 per cent funded by the Government, with the other 50 per cent being provided by the member companies of the CWCT. The projects are due to start at the beginning of April.Mr Baldry praised the CWCT for the work it has completed since its formation four years ago, but added that the UK's curtain walling industry still lags behind those in other countries: 'We have a lot to do before our cladding industry competes routinely on equal terms with some other European companies.'My officials will shortly be working up, with industry, long-term proposals around the subject of what it will take to win.'Since its formation in 1990, the Centre for Cladding and Window Technology has published standards on curtain walling and on windows designed to resist intrusion. CONSTRUCTION NEWS

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