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

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, and it refers to PAS 24.

Also known as Publicly Available Specification 24, PAS 24 is the preferred specification for enhanced security performance requirements for doorsets and windows in the UK. It sets out the minimum requirements and acceptable test criteria for products to resist attack from opportunistic crime.

Currently, Part Q refers to the 2012 version of PAS, rather than the most recent 2016 version; this is expected to change when Part Q is revised in 2018.

If you’d like more help navigating the labyrinth of Part Q, PAS 24 and other security regulations for doors and windows, download our eBook: “Specifying ‘Secured by Design’ doorsets and windows; what do the regulations really mean?”

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