The importance of PAS 24 and Part Q compliance

The aluminium glazing industry is growing at a rapid rate. Modern design trends require ultra-slim sight lines and impeccable U-values. With the demand for minimalist homes greater than ever before, it raises the question of PAS 24 and Part Q compliance and ensuring aluminium windows and doors for UK properties are secure and fit for purpose.

Crime prevention is an important consideration for the design and build of new homes, as well as the renovation of existing properties and where new aluminium glazing systems are replacing existing products.

What is PAS 24 and why is it important?

Formerly known as BS 7950, PAS 24 is a minimum British standard regarding the security levels of external doorsets and windows. Products are tested to the specifications of the standard and they either pass or fail. Aluminium window and door systems are tested by an independent third-party for PAS 24, ensuring they are deemed 'fit for purpose' and secure.

For PAS 24 compliance, fabricators, such as our partner Reynaers, are required to submit a range of their products to a UKAS-accredited third-party test house for testing to the relevant security and performance standards.
Reynaers also offers a range of its aluminium systems under the Secured by Design initiative. This UK police standard is designed to raise awareness of not only the suitability of an external window or doorset for a specific application, but to create a more secure and sustainable environment in general.

What is Part Q Building Regulations and why is it important?

Since 1st October 2015, any new build has required Part Q Building Regulations approval, creating a new standard for the security of new dwellings.

Approved Document Q is designed to ensure the prevention of unauthorised access to dwellings, including flats. Any external doors and windows that could be easily accessed in an attempted security breach must be capable of resisting physical attack by a 'casual or opportunist' individual.

Windows and doors that can be classed as easily accessible include:

• Windows or doorways at basement and ground floor level
• Windows or doorways on above access balconies
• Windows or doorways above flat or sloping roofs

Subsequently, all Part Q-approved windows and doors must be sufficiently robust, fitted with appropriate hardware to thwart a physical attack and be able to prove its security performance under examination.

Part of every type of window and door system must be tested for Part Q Building Regulations. The UK is currently the only country enforcing this regulation. It's therefore important for homeowners to note that if they are considering purchasing aluminium glazing from a fabricator located outside of the UK, their installations will no longer comply with UK Building Regulations. At Livingwood, many European fabricators are losing clients to businesses like ourselves because they aren't testing their products to Approved Document Part Q.

As well as the threat of non-Part Q compliant windows and doors costing vast sums of money, these products may also be reported to building control and could affect the reputation of developers involved.
There's no need to compromise the security and performance of your home when purchasing new aluminium glazing systems for any type of property in the UK. At Livingwood, our Reynaers systems are PAS 24 and Part Q approved, providing complete peace of mind and reassurance about the structural integrity of our products.

See also

Replacement Windows & Building Regulations - What you need to know

Planning Permission for Doors & Windows

Performance Testing Doors & Windows