What is Part Q and how does it apply to composite windows and doors for a new build?
Approved Document Q: Security gives guidance on how to comply with requirement Q1: Unauthorised access of the Building Regulations. It came into effect on 1 October 2015 but does not affect work started before that date or work subject to a building notice submitted before that date, provided work on site is started before 1st October 2016.
The document states that reasonable provision must be made to resist unauthorised access to any new dwelling and to any part of a building from which access can be gained to a flat within a building. It applies only in relation to easily accessible doors and windows in new dwellings including those resulting from a change of use such as barns and other commercial buildings being converted into dwellings.
It is a fundamental and mandatory change to security regulation and should not be confused with the voluntary Police CPI’s Secured by Design initiative, albeit similar standards, testing and documentary evidence of compliance are employed.
As a quick reference the following items fall within the remit of Part Q:
- Easily accessible windows, skylights and roof windows, including doors leading to a balcony
- Entrance doors
- Communal entrance doors (flats/apartments)
- Emergency exit doors to common areas of a building (flats/apartments)
- Other doors allowing access to common areas (flats/apartments)
- Garage doors (or pedestrian entrance doors to a garage) if there is a connecting door between garage and dwelling
Existing homes, including extensions or replacement windows, are not currently required to meet the requirements of Part Q.
Part Q Compliant Windows & Doors
In order to comply with Building Regulations, windows and doors must be sufficiently robust and fitted with appropriate hardware in order to be able to resist physical attack by a casual or opportunist burglar.
Performance can be demonstrated by evidencing that the product is manufactured to a design that has been shown by test to meet the security requirements of British Standard PAS 24:2012
PAS 24: 2012 provides a method of testing and assessing the enhanced security performance requirements of doors and window types intended to resist the levels and methods of attack experienced in the UK and normally associated with the casual burglar.
Windows that satisfy other standards that provide similar or better performance are also acceptable and include: STS 204 Issue 3:2012, LPS 1175 Issue 7:2010 security rating 1, LPS 2081 Issue 1:2015 security rating A. Frames should be mechanically fixed to the structure of the building in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Westcoast Windows manufacture composite windows and doors approved for Part Q
We are proud of our commitment to manufacture high performance, premium quality, Swedish composite windows and doors.
All Westcoast principle composite windows and doors have not only been successfully tested to PAS 24:2012 but Westcoast are also a Secured by Design licence holder, an award that requires member companies to regularly undertake re-testing and auditing through independent UKAS accredited 3rd Party certification schemes to ensure consistency of product quality and performance. Secured by Design (Official Police Security Initiative): http://www.securedbydesign.com
To read the Building Regulations Document Part Q in full visit here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/443221/BR_PDF_AD_Q_2015.pdf
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