Building Regulation Compliance
It is important to note, that whilst replacing a door or window seems to be one of the less complicated home improvements, they do need to meet certain of the UK’s building regulations in order to be complaint.
Although you could install them without having certification, if you were to sell the property later on and the prospective buyer or agent wanted proof of compliance, you could be headed for a sticky situation if you are unable to produce proof.
Meeting Building Regulations for doors & windows should not be confused with requiring planning permission as fitting new items that are similar to the old ones appearance is not something that will require planning permission, however, high level windows that are on the side of the property should have obscure glass. – This is completely different if you are considering work on a listed building.
The main regulations that apply to doors & windows
- External doors or windows are “controlled fittings”
- Thermal Efficiency (heat gain / loss)
- Safety for Glazed Areas
- Appropriate Ventilation
- Safety in the Event of Fire
Because building regulations in the UK classify them as controlled fittings certain the set of standards need to be achieved when replacing a door or window and so it is very relevant as to who does the installation work.
If you were to do it yourself or use a “non-certified” tradesperson then you would need to apply to your local authority for inspection of the work, and only if they were happy with the installation would they issue a certificate – this is done by appointment only and there will be a charge levied.
On the other hand, if you use a company or contractor registered with a “Competent Person” Scheme such as FENSA or CERTASS then they could do the work & issue a certificate without the need to refer to the local authority and all the time & trouble that would entail.
- You can find out more here: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/doorswindows/