Posts Categorized: Regulations

Soundcraft secures Q Mark PAS 24 and SBD status

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As part of Soundcraft’s continuing commitment to uphold our Secured by Design (SBD) licence, we ensure that products undergo the rigorous testing required to meet specifications outlined by SBD – the official UK Police flagship initiative. SBD’s principles of ‘designing out crime’ requires annual audits and product-testing to improve security in

Are aluminium windows Part Q compliant?

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The design, hardware and installation of aluminium windows are factors that affect whether the product is Part Q compliant. Following the publication of Part Q, security has become an essential consideration for new-build properties, and we’re often asked if aluminium windows meet these requirements. The answer is: it depends.

What is PAS 23?

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Publicly Available Specification 23, also known as PAS 23:1999 is a now-defunct performance standard for doors and windows. Despite this it is still not uncommon to get requests for PAS 23, despite the fact it is no longer current. It was designed to confirm whether a particular doorset was fit for

What is ‘Secured by Design’?

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When selecting doors specifiers have a lot to think about – with security being a major consideration. Secured by Design (SBD) is a police initiative to guide and encourage those engaged within the design, specification and build of new and refurbished homes, commercial premises, schools, hospitals and sheltered accommodation, to

What testing is required for Secured by Design doors?

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The Secured by Design (SBD) membership and licensing scheme has been created to ‘design out crime’ through physical security in the built environment by adherence to well researched and effective design solutions, innovative and creative product design, coupled with robust manufacturing and performance standards.

What is Part Q?

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Even for an expert with years of experience, understanding the latest Building Regulations can be difficult. That’s why the Secretary of State has approved a series of documents that give practical guidance about how to meet the various requirements.

What is PAS 24 and how does it relate to Part Q?

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Trying to understand the Building Regulations can sometimes feel like navigating a maze; everything seems to refer to something else and it’s easy to find yourself going round in circles. For example, Part Q of the building regulations offers practical guidance on how to meet security requirements for new dwellings,