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Part Q: Do all doors make the cut?

Amends to Approved Document Q are now in force and it has been interesting to see how the industry has responded in the run up to October 1st. This past week in particular has provided a flurry of activity from hardware manufacturers, testing and certification companies, industry bodies and of course, composite door suppliers. We have all seen Solidor’s video which demonstrates its door passing the more demanding PAS 24 cut tests, but what we have also seen is a lack of commotion concerning the role played by the door glass.

That this seems to be flying under the radar is particularly surprising – you wouldn’t lock your car and leave the windows open, likewise it is common sense for what is potentially the most vulnerable part of the door to be protected. As demonstrated by Solidor’s powerful video*, an intruder could break into an unsecured slab in a minute and a half, so just imagine how quickly they could break through unsecured glass.

The facts:

  • The amended Document Q states that all doors and windows for use in new build projects must be “manufactured to a design that has been shown by test to meet the security requirements of British Standards publication PAS 24:2012.”
  • Under PAS24:2012 “any glazing which, if broken would allow someone to insert their hand and release the locking device on the inside of the door should be a minimum of class P1A in accordance with BS EN 356:2000. Double- or triple-glazed units need to incorporate only one pane of class-P1A glass.”
  • To achieve a P1A classification, this glass needs to be at least 6.8mm laminated, not toughened.

Our Decorative Door Products (DDP) division has been offering 6.8mm as an option on laminates since August 2013, covering both our Signature imported units and those manufactured in-house at our Hawick facility. As an integral part of the supply chain, it’s important for us to understand the changing legislation to ensure we are ahead of the game in providing the correct specification of units to our customers. I wonder if every door glass provider can say the same.

Guy Hubble, Joint Managing Director, RegaLead

* http://www.solidor.co.uk/solidor-tv

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