Requirement for all accessible windows and doors in new homes to be security rated from October
The government has published the amendments to the Building Regulations for England which will, among other changes, introduce the requirement for security rated doors and windows to be provided for new build homes.
These amendments pave the way for the new requirements implemented following the Housing Standards Review. The government published a number of draft documents last year revising guidance given for compliance with the Building Regulations.
Manufacturers of doors, windows and stairs would be affected by the proposed changes to Approved document M, Access to buildings and a new Approved document Q, security. The approved document Q proposals included a recommendation for an enhanced level of security to be achieved by doors (including vehicular garage doors) and windows fitted into new dwellings.
One of the crucial elements proposed was that doors and windows should, as a minimum, be of a design successfully tested to PAS 24. It was recognised that products meeting the requirements of the Secured by Design Scheme would meet the recommendations.
It will take effect on 1 October 2015 for use in England. It does not apply to work started before 1 October 2015, or work subject to a building notice, full plans application or initial notice submitted before that date provided the work is started on site before 1 October 2016.
For further information, visit the website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/building-regulation-amendment-regulations-2015-circular-012015
Caption Amendments to the Building Regulations for England will introduce the requirement for security rated doors and windows to be provided for new build homes.