It has been announced that from October 1st the new-build sector is to be closed to contractors sourcing and fabricators manufacturing doors and windows that do not meet the requirements of PAS 24.
The latest addition to the Building Regulations – Approved Document Q (AD Q) applies to all new-build projects that gain planning permission on or after October 2015 and affects and doors and windows which provide access to the building.
The rules will apply to any door or window that could provide a means of entry.
In residences, this includes either interconnecting doors between the garage and the main property to the garage door itself, in addition to ground floor or other easily accessible windows.
The four main changes that trade installers must remember when ordering or specifying doors to be used in a new dwelling have been outlined below:
The new regulations introduced by AD Q will close the new-build sector to non-PAS 24 fabricators. However, in most cases, there will be test data on the door and window systems in existence that can demonstrate compliance.
For instance, the systems supplier may have PAS 24 test data that would enable the fabricator to cascade the specification in order to meet the standard, provided there is no deviation from the components listed in the certificate.
Ian Kernaghan, Product Manager at Eurocell, was in favour of the updated regulations, commenting:
“We whole-heartedly welcome this because it raises standards of security for doors and ground floor windows across the whole industry, effectively making sub-standard products illegal for new houses.
As a reputable manufacturer who sees thousands of our products go into new homes every year, we recognise the importance of these high standards – and are grateful that everyone buying a house in the future will enjoy this benefit”.
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