Building regulations are set to change once more with the introduction of the new Approved Document Q (Security - Dwellings). Here, Paul Jelley, Technical Manager at Yale Door and Window Solutions, explains why this is a much welcome move for the door and window industry.

The Government’s new housing standards regime will come into force on 1st October 2015. Yale has actively campaigned for this change, which sees improved security requirements included into the Building Regulations to ensure that greater levels of security are in place to protect new homes.


Approved Document Q sets out reasonable standards for doors and windows in new dwellings to resist physical attack by a casual or opportunist burglar, by being both sufficiently robust and fitted with appropriate hardware. This means that security is being brought to the forefront, with a clear and defined new regime that must be complied with by all.


Once the changes come into effect, Document Q stipulates that all new doors and windows should be made to a design that has been shown, by test, to meet the security requirements of PAS24:2012, or other standards that exceed or meet this standard. This should greatly simplify specifications and finally regulates against poor quality doors, windows and associated hardware.


Yale Door and Window Solutions has a range of products that enable door and window fabricators and installers to meet the stringent requirements of Document Q. The Yale AutoSecure is an innovative new multi-point locking system, tested to PAS24 standards, that automatically secures external doors by firing all hooks from a single point.


The new LOCKMASTER® KeyTurn, coming soon from Yale, is a fully key operated multi-point lock that has been designed and developed to provide high performance security, without compromising the door’s aesthetic appearance.

The new Approved Document Q also stipulates that all main entrance doors should have a means of identifying callers – either with a door viewer, or with clear glass within the door or the side lights. It also states that where required, letter plates should have a minimum aperture of 260 x 40mm, and a feature that’s designed to hinder any attempts to remove keys using sticks or hands.   With this in mind, Yale is currently developing a complete TS008 compliant solution for the market that will meet these new standards within one contained unit, rather than having to bolt on accessories to existing letter plate.


When it comes to windows, Yale already has products that achieve the standards set out in the new legislation. The Yale Blade, Yale Encloser and Yale Shootbolt window locks have all undergone rigorous testing and meet the exacting security standards of PAS24:2012.


The Government’s new housing standards regime represents a great opportunity for fabricator and installers. Now is the time to get ahead and prepare for the changes by making sure you chose compliant products that conform to the new legislation. By doing so, you can offer your customers improved quality and superior security.


When it comes to Document Q Yale has got it covered. We have an array of trusted core door and window solutions that already meet PAS24:2012 for both doors and windows, as well as constantly developing innovative and exciting new security products, such as the TS008 compliant letter plate.

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