Locks Online guide to Part Q – UK building regulation 2015 update. What updates are there and when do they take place?
2015 Is a big year for security when building or designing new dwellings. Read on to see how the change will affect our everyday living!
The UK Building regulations are changing their security standards for all new door and window dwellings. This means as from 1st October 2015, any builder, designer, architect or installer will have to follow the new regulations regarding security for dwellings. As this take effect for both windows and doors and is a must know for anybody in the industry. This guide is a small breakdown on how the changes will affect the before – 2010 regulation. The main reason to update this regulation is so that new build dwellings, will have high standards for both doors and windows to resist physical attacks from unauthorised access.
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The Building Regulation 2010 has believe it or not, been amended 5 times since the legislation was first published. This tells me that, security standards are up to date when applying for planning permission for new homes. Not only does this mean security standards are tight BUT this also means you will need to comply with up to date standards, ensuring you will not be penalised – If followed correctly!
On 1st October 2015, Part Q of the UK Building regulations – Security for New Dwellings, will have it’s upgrade. This means that new standards will be set for all new dwellings for both windows and doors, increasing security measures across England and for excepted energy buildings in Wales however, this does not apply to:
- Any work that has started before 1st October 2015 or work that is subjected to a building notice.
- Full plan application or initial notice that has been submitted before 1st October 2015 and providing that the work is then started on site before 1st October 2016.
So overall, this new regulation update only applies for new build dwellings. This responsibility will fall on the builder, designer, architect, installer and even the building owner. It is your responsibility to ensure all legislations are followed for any building work that includes standards and regulations. Failure of this can result in an enforcement notice.
So what does the updated Part Q of the UK building regulations relate to?
The approved documents states that doors and windows will meet the requirements of the Part Q of the UK building regulations, if they can resist physical attack by burglar, by being sufficiently robust and/or fitted with appropriate hardware. These are for use with all commercial and domestic dwellings, regarding easy accessible doors and windows for the below applications:
- New dwellings via change of material
- Doors that provide access into a dwelling from outside the building
- Access into a dwelling from an interconnecting garage door
- Access into a building containing flats from the outside
- All Windows
*Please note though this will NOT include bespoke or one off timber projects.
When looking at the legislation, all the above is for use of the PAS 24. For more information about what British Standards come into play with PAS 24, please CLICK HERE. This is covered by the below British Standards:
BS6375 - 1: 2009
BS6375 - 2: 2009
BS6375 - 3: 2009
PAS 23 - 1: 1999
Door specifications for Part Q.
Basically, all easy accessible doorsets (the whole door including fittings, frame and leaf) that provide accessibility into a dwelling of a building or into an area that contains a dwelling of a building, must be secure doorsets using the below information. Please note that if a garage has no interconnecting dwelling, allowing access into a building, then the Part Q regulation is not required. All dwellings under the Part Q UK building regulations must either hold the British Standards under PAS 24 or must have been designed and manufactured in accordance with the Appendix B regulations (Bespoke timber secure doorsets).
Other doorsets that also qualify with acceptable standards include:
- STS 201 Issue 5:2013
- LPS 1175 Issue 7:2010 security rating 2
- STS 202 Issue 3:2011 burglary rating 2
- LPS 2081 Issue 1:2015 security rating B
If you need any advice on any of these standards, please send us an email and we can explain fully for you.
Door furniture and door frames.
If you have a letter plate on your dwelling, it must have a gap size of 260mm X 40mm only and must be placed where no unauthorised access persons can attempt to open the dwelling, using sticks or their own hands. You can get letter plates that comply with specification TS 008:2012 of the Door and Hardware Federation’s regulations. These have been shown to protect even more on attacks mentioned so far in this guide. Unless your door dwelling has a glass panel either on the door, or next too, you will need to make sure you fix a door viewer to see visitors and callers. These particular doorsets must also then have a chain or some sort of door restrictor/limiter. These however may not be necessary if the dwelling is on sheltered housing, due to wardens needing to gain access when needed. Other forms of these can be in of a video door entry system instead.
When installing the frame of the dwelling, the frame must be, in accordance to the manufacturers installation instructions, mechanically fixed to the structure of the building. All lightweight walls need to make sure they have a reinforced resilient layer such as timber sheathing or expanded metal, to ensure the wall frame can’t be damaged if in the event of an attack. The layer must be the full height of the door minimum and at least 600mm either side of the doorset.
All easy accessible windows such as those in bungalows, ground floor and basement need to be in accordance to the below information. This also includes easy accessible roof lights and second floor balcony windows.
All windows need to be under the standards of the PAS 24 legislation. This means they must be tested to the specific British standard cycles in order to be placed under the UK building regulations – Part Q. Other satisfactory standards of easy accessed windows are:
- STS 204 Issue 3:2012
- LPS 1175 Issue 7:2010 security rating 1
- LPS 2081 Issue 1:2015 security rating A.
Again, if you would like any advice on these standards, please feel free to contact us.
To finish, all frames need to be mechanically fixed to the structure of the building, in the accordance with the manufactures instructions or installation guides.
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So as you can see from this guide there are alot of changes for the UK Building regulations Part Q for all security featured. Again, you must make sure these regulations are followed to make sure you don’t end up in trouble! If you need any more information, or would like us to write about other regulations and standards, please feel free to contact me, and we can have a chat about what’s needed. You can call our team now on 01646 698218 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.orgArticle written by:Emily James @ Locks Online