December 18, 2012

All new buildings and extensions have to comply with building regulations. The following is a brief summary of the regulations that apply to windows and doors in England and Wales. The rules are broadly similar in Scotland, but are governed by different documents and legislation.

Certain windows in a home must be able to open wide enough for use as a means of fire escape. Choose from French windows, false mullions and hinges that open to 90°.

Document E – Resistance to the Passage of Sound

All our windows have excellent acoustic performance. We also offer a range of acoustic glass for locations that demand enhanced sound reduction.

Document F – Ventilation

All windows and doors are available with a range of trickle vent options. We believe that the best way to achieve the appropriate level of ventilation is to install background ventilators such as air bricks, as trickle vents are usually ineffective (they are usually shut due to the draught and never opened again) and they spoil the aesthetics of the window. If it helps, we can recommend more effective ventilation methods.

Document L – Conservation of Fuel and Power

Even if the regulations did not exist, it makes sense to cut your energy consumption by installing energy efficient windows. In our case, however, the performance of our standard windows goes significantly beyond the requirements of Document L. We were the first company to offer an A rated timber window under the BFRC Window Energy Rating Scheme. We can also provide a detailed thermal report on the energy performance of different design configurations.

Document M – Access to and Use of Buildings

If you need doors for disabled access (generous openings and low thresholds), we can make them to your requirements.

Document N – Glazing

If windows or doors contain low level glass (anything less than 800mm above the floor), it must use toughened or laminated glass.

At George Barnsdale we have years of experience in the UK building industry and have been involved in the consultation process for a number of aspects on current and future regulations. We can offer you expert advice and guidance with all aspects of your project. Please contact us for more information.