Will your new windows and doors comply with Part Q of the Building Regulations?

Fri 13 May 2016

In October 2015 the building regulations for England were amended through the introduction of ‘Part Q’ to introduce new requirements for security standards in new build homes (including new homes created by a change of use such as a barn conversion). Wood Window Alliance members are able to help you achieve compliance through fully tested solutions.Part Q does not apply to replacement windows and doors.

What is Part Q?

The new requirement was introduced in England by Statutory Instrument 2015 No. 767 The Building Regulations &c. (Amendment) Regulations 2015 

‘Requirement Q1’ refers specifically to Part Q of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations, which states:

Reasonable provision must be made to resist unauthorised access to:

a)     any dwelling; and

b)     any part of a building from which access can be gained to a flat within the building.

When does Part Q apply?

Part Q does not apply to building work started before 1st October 2015.

Nor to work subject to an application for building regulations approval made

  • either with the Local Authority Building Control department as a building notice or full plans application
  • or via an Approved Inspector as an initial notice

where these have been

  • submitted before the 1st October 2015
  • and provided the work is started on site before 1st October 2016. 

How does it affect windows and doors?

Doors (including vehicular garage doors) and windows fitted into new dwellings should, as a minimum, be of a design successfully tested to PAS 24.

Products meeting the requirements of the Secured by Design Scheme are accepted as meeting the recommendations.

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