New windows can be a fantastic way to boost your property’s appearance, energy efficiency and value. If you’re considering installing new double glazing, one thing you need to do is make sure you know about window Building Regulations.
Many people find Building Regulations confusing, but they don’t have to be. To make sure you’ve got all the information you need, here are answers to 3 common questions about window Building Regulations.
1. Why do window Building Regulations exist?
Window building regulations exists to make sure that all windows in UK properties meet certain quality standards. They relate to both the design and construction of windows, and apply to windows in private and public buildings.
Building Regulations are enforced to keep people in and around these buildings healthy and safe. They’re also there to make sure structures are accessible for people with disabilities.
2. What window Building Regulations do I need to know about?
There are 4 things that window building regulations relate to:
- Heat loss
- Safety glazing
- Fire safety
They help you make sure that your property is sufficiently ventilated and energy efficient. They also help you avoid damage to your property and keep its inhabitants safe.
Find out more about specific window Building Regulations here.
3. How do I make sure my windows comply with Building Regulations?
Building Regulations only apply to new windows. So, you don’t need to worry about making alterations to existing windows to ensure they comply.
However, if you’re replacing old windows or creating windows in a new place, you need to follow Building Regulations. It’s easy to do this, just pick one of the following options:
1. Hire someone on a CPS
The UK government set up Competent Person Schemes (CPS) to allow home improvement professionals to self-certify that their work complies with Building Regulations.
Simply hire someone registered on a CPS and rest assured that their work will comply. You can check whether a double glazing professional is registered on a Competent Person Scheme here.
2. Use a BCB
An alternative option is to use a building control body (BCB). These are run by either your local authority or privately – find your local BCB here.
All you need to do is submit a plan of the work you want to do – the BCB will check it and apply for authorisation for you if you need it. Then when you’ve done the work, they’ll issue you with a Building Regulations compliance certificate.
If you fail to use either of these options then you run the risk of being made to remove your new windows. So, for safe, efficient windows that will last a long time, make sure they apply with Building Regulations.
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