Shepley French doors with aluminium low threshold are among the very first in the industry to be awarded PAS 24 status – right on cue to meet new building regulations on home security.
It means leading REHAU fabricator Shepley has what it believes is one of the only products on the market matching up to the new Document Q requirements on security, as well as the existing Part M criteria for disabled access.
Document Q comes into force on October 1, from when all doors and windows which offer direct access into new homes must meet official standards offering greater security to householders and reducing the risk of opportunistic break-ins.
Most commonly, the PAS 24:2012 standard awarded to Shepley’s aluminium low threshold French doorsets will be the standard used to class a product as a secure doorset under Document Q.
Tim Walker from Shepley says: “French doors remain right on trend, but the aluminium low threshold required for Part M disability access has proven exceptionally difficult to combine with the necessary level of security demanded by PAS24 and Document Q.
“So at a time when the majority of new build developments are asking for French doors, this is a major breakthrough and right on time to meet the deadline.”
The French doors – available in REHAU frames with a choice of 13 foil colour options – can now be added to Shepley’s extensive Secured By Design range of products bearing the kite mark KM 569507.
To help customers prepare for the changes to building regulations, Shepley is offering a handy free expert guide to Document Q, which details the precise requirements for doors and windows designed and constructed to resist physical attack by a casual or opportunist burglar.
To download the free ‘Right On Q’ guide, which applies to new homes in England and some in Wales, go to: http://www.shepley.com/CustomerCentre