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Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

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Project5_5sb.qxp_Layout 1 07/07/2015 13:57 Page 1 Over 5,000 quality products are in stock & available next day if ordered before 4.30pm DOOR FURNITURE WINDOW HARDWARE HOME SECURITY TOOLS, FIXINGS, & CONSUMABLES FASCIA, SOFFIT, & GUTTERING PROTECTING HOMES SINCE 1987 Phone | 01234 242734 Online | windowware.co.uk Document Q is part of a new series of government documents due to come into effect on October 1, 2015. It is particularly relevant for the door and window industry, as it’s focused on “easily accessible doors and windows”. According to Building Regulations 2010 for England, all easily accessible doors and windows should be able to withstand physical attacks from casual or opportunistic burglars. Document Q sets out how to ensure that every window and door you install is secure to the relevant legal standards. Here are five steps to take to make sure you’re ready for Document Q. 1. Find Out if Your Project is Applicable Document Q is due to take effect on October 1, 2015, and will apply to all building work commenced after that date only. 2. Understand Which Areas of Your Project are Applicable When it comes to doors, obviously any door that provides access to a dwelling needs to be thoroughly secured, but Document Q also covers such doors as those which allow access from a garage to the interior of a property, and those which allow entry into a block of flats or a hall of residence. 3. Think Like a Burglar It should go without saying that the back door of a dwelling needs to be just as secure as the front door. But the devil is in the details. Document Q goes so far as to outline the considerations you need to take when it 5 Ways to Prepare for Document Q comes to things like locks, hinges, letter plates, cylinders, hinge bolts, anti-snap locks, and devices that make it impossible for burglars to remove keys through letter plates. 4. Context Matters Though Document Q also takes into consideration that some dwellings present their own unique considerations. One stipulation is that all front doors should provide a means of identifying callers – either with a door viewer, or with clear glass within the door or the side lights, door chains and limiters are also recommended. Window Ware has been supplying window fabricators, installers, locksmiths, builders and repair companies for over 25 years with the latest branded hardware (including Maco, Yale, Rapier Star, Fischer, Hoppe and Trojan) as well as a growing range of own-brand KORE products. With next day delivery as standard and a quality service back up, WindowWare offers the complete package to meet every hardware need. Order online: www.windowware.co.uk However, some doors require 24 hour access. In these instances, Document Q suggests that an alternative means of caller identification should be used, such as electronic AV entry systems. 5. Get the Right Equipment Document Q is highly specific when it comes to the sort of equipment you need to install in order to remain compliant. In short, you need doors and windows that have been shown, by test, to meet the security requirements of PAS24:2012. Conclusion Given that it’s essentially a move to make the information included in the current regulations clearer and more accessible, it’s likely that your practices are already compliant with Document Q. However, it’s always a good idea to ensure you’re completely up to date when it comes to home security, so it’s still essential that you take some time to familiarise yourself with Document Q. 10 SPECIFICATION JOURNAL 2015-2016

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