This was the first quarter growth recorded since 2007 and might suggest 2013 will be a more positive year for the industry. However, the number of replacement windows and door installed in domestic properties was down year-on-year by 2.9%. October and November were the only two consecutive months that saw increased installations recorded last year (+8.9% and +1.9% respectively) – and the total for the whole quarter was only dragged down by a disappointing performance in December (down 9.2%).Four months saw increased installations in 2012 compared to just one in 2011:- January 2012 +5.5% July 2012 +4.3% October 2012 +8.9% November 2012 +1.9% Click to enlarge.Click to enlarge. "FENSA is continuing to support the GGF's campaign for reduced VAT on energy efficient replacement windows and doors," comments FENSA Operations Director Chris Mayne. "This industry is still suffering from the economic downturn – though we will look with interest to see whether installations pick up in January to give us all a good start to 2013."FENSA is reporting on the total number of notifications of installations of replacement windows and doors in domestic properties in 2012.FENSA will be publishing Quarterly Window and Doors Installation figures during 2013 to allow the industry to accurately assess where the market is at any given time. They will be used by our sister company the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) to lobby government for support for our industry. 92.5% of all window installations are covered by FENSA according to DCLG (glazing CPS notifications to March 2012).* Calculated from the most up to date window and door installation figures available for the whole of 2012About FENSAFENSA (Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme) is the most established, original Competent Persons Scheme for the replacement window and door industry. With more than 10 years of raising standards in the glazing industry, 92% of windows and doors are covered by FENSA in the UK (Source: DCLG) When homeowners replace windows and doors, they must comply with current Building Regulations and thermal performance standards by getting a certificate from a Competent Person Scheme such as FENSA or Local Authority Building Control.FENSA works with thousands of glazing installers in England and Wales. According to a BBC Wales documentary, FENSA is the most recognised glazing Competent Persons Scheme by homeowners.