Building Regulations for Windows and Doors

When building a new property it is important to comply with requirements in building regulations for installation, inspection, testing and all other stages for your new and existing property. Approved Documents provide guidance on how to meet these building regulations.

Approved Documents are a series of guidance notes approved by the Secretary of State providing practical guidance on how to meet the requirements of the Building Regulations.

Building Regulations’ parts regarding windows and doors are as follows:

  • Approved Document B: Fire Safety
  • Approved Document F: Ventilation
  • Approved Document K: Protection from falling, collision and impact
  • Approved Document L: Conservation of fuel and power
  • Approved Document M: Access to and use of buildings
  • Approved Document N: Glazing safety
  • Approved Document Q: Security
  • Regulation 7: Materials and workmanship

Approved Document B: Fire Safety

It covers fire safety matters within and around buildings domestic houses and also non-domestic structures. 

Approved Document F: Ventilation

Approved Document Part F includes standards for ventilation and air quality for all buildings. It states requirements for the prevention of condensation. The types of ventilation covered includes, mechanical, passive stack, background and purge (rapid). >> To learn more about building regulation about ventilation you can read the related article on our blog

Approved Document K: Protection from falling, collision and impact

Part K of the building regulations provides for the safety of stairs, guarding, and glazing within and around buildings.

Part K content includes the following titles:

  • K1 Stairs, Ladders And Ramps
  • K2 Protection From Falling
  • K3 Vehicle Barriers And Loading Bays
  • K4 Protection Against Impact With Glazing
  • K5 Additional Provisions For Glazing In Buildings Other Than Dwellings
  • K6 Protection Against Impact From And Trapping By Doors

Approved Document L: Conservation of fuel and power 

This details the glass performance required to meet minimum targets for energy conservation.  The impact of this document determines the type of glass used in building and the calculation method to identify this performance.

Document L is divided into four parts:

  • Part L1a for new dewellings
  • Part L1b for existing dwellings
  • Part L2a for new buildings other than dwellings
  • Part L2b for existing buildings other than dwellings

Approved Document N: Glazing Safety

 

Approved Document Q: Security

Approved Document Q contains guidance on the requirement for security in new dwellings. Any window or door that could provide access into the building should conform to quality standards that will ensure they are sufficiently robust enough to withstand a breach attempt by an opportunity burglar.

All easily accessible doorsets that provide access to a dwelling should be secure doorsets. The secure doorsets should meet the security requirements of either;

  • PAS 24,
  • Other standards that provide similar or better performance,
  • In accordance with Appendix B (Bespoke timber doorsets) 

Ground floor, basement and other easily accessible windows (including easily accessible rooflights) should meet the security requirments of either; 

  • PAS 24 standard,
  • Other standards that provide similar or better performance,

>> Click here to download Building Regulation Approved Document Q

 

 

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