Building Regulations

Building Regulations define the minimum standards of design and building work for the construction of buildings. They are designed to ensure the health and safety of those in and around buildings, provide for energy conservation and access and facilities for disabled people. 

To ensure compliance, we recommend using an experienced professional who can offer up-to-date advice on each individual situation, or contact your Local Authority Building Control Department.

How JELD-WEN can help you comply

Whole product U Values are quoted to assist in the correct selection of the appropriate product to meet these requirements.

Many JELD-WEN products are also available with alternative, both lower (better) and higher U Values to meet particular requirements. 

There are a total of 14 parts to Building Regulations. You can view the latest approved documents on the building control website. As a guide, you need to consider the following when selecting our products: 

Windows 

Approved Document B - Fire safety

In first floor habitable rooms, for example bedrooms, windows must be wide enough to provide a means of escape. See also fire escape windows.

In some situations there may be a requirement for fire resisting windows. 

Approved Document E - Resistance to passage of sound

Removing a ventilator in the head of a window and changing the glass spec will significantly improve acoustic performance. Generally an acoustic engineer report would be required to ensure complete compliance.

Approved Document F - Ventilation

Background ventilation in windows (headline ventilators) is one of four systems which can be used to comply. Let us know if ventilators are required or not.

Approved Document K - Protection from falling collision and impact

Windows should not open onto walkways in or around buildings and containment is required by the use of guarding/glazing in some situations, particularly where the window sill is below 800mm from floor level.

Glass must be toughened or laminated in certain locations and if it does break then it must do so without causing injury. Reversible windows must also be fitted with restrictors. Please let us know if you require restrictors. 

Approved Document L - Conservation of energy fuel and power

Windows need to provide minimal heat loss ensuring lower energy use thereby reducing CO2 emissions. A U Value is a measurement of heat loss and it is this, along with the way windows are fitted, that will ensure compliance. Alternatively, windows are now also given energy ratings from A++-F in a similar way to your fridge or freezer, where A++ rated products give better thermal performance than those rated F. Building Regulations now require replacement windows to be C or better. 

Approved Document N - Glazing in relationship to impact, opening and cleaning – Now obsolete and content integrated with Approved Document K

Approved Document Q - Security - New Dwellings and material change of use

Approved Document Q details the requirements for security for either new dwellings or those with material change of use. The regulation applies to windows and doorsets that provide an easily accessible entrance to the dwelling. Easily accessible is defined further within in the Approved Document.

The Approved Document sets out reasonable standards for doors and windows to resist physical attack by a casual or opportunist burglar by being both sufficiently robust and fitted with appropriate hardware.

For all projects submitted to planning from 1st October 2015, any window or doorset in scope of Approved Document Q needs to meet the requirements of PAS 24:2014.

Doors

Approved Document B - Fire Safety 

Fire doors save lives! They protect escape routes and contain a fire to prevent it spreading throughout a building allowing occupants time to escape. JELD-WEN offer both FD30 and FD60 certified doors, which provide either a 30 or 60 minute fire resistance.

Approved Document E - Resistance to passage of sound 

Buildings must provide reasonable resistance to sound. Flat entrance doors should have good perimeter seals including the threshold where practical, and achieve 29dBRw sound reduction or better. In most situations, doors must also be fire rated.

Approved Document F - Ventilation

Background ventilation in doors (headline ventilators) is one of four systems that can be used. Usually this is for patio doors, however in some situations, front or rear doors may also need to provide ventilation. 

Approved Document K - Protection from falling collision and impact

Provision should be made to ensure a clear view of the space either side of a door where appropriate.

Toughened or laminated glass in doors is a requirement except for small panes of glass, in this instance the glass usually has to be at least 6mm thick.

Approved Document L - Conservation of energy, fuel and power

External doorsets need to provide minimal heat loss ensuring lower energy use, thereby reducing CO2 emissions. A U Value is a measurement of heat loss and it is this, along with the way doorsets are fitted, that will ensure compliance. 

Approved Document M - Access and facilities for disabled people 

Doors must be wide enough to gain access into buildings and allow for movement within buildings. The minimum width will vary but usually 2'9" (838mm), is fine externally and we offer a range of internal sizes at 2'9 (838mm), 2'10" (864mm) and 3'0 (926mm) for compliance. In buildings other than dwellings, vision panels are important as is the positioning of these. Please advise your clear opening requirements.

Approved Document N - Glazing in relationship to impact, opening and cleaning – Now obsolete and content integrated with Approved Document K

Approved Document Q - Security - Dwellings

Approved Document Q details the requirements for security for either new dwellings or those with material change of use. The regulation applies to windows and doorsets that provide an easily accessible entrance to the dwelling. Easily accessible is defined further within in the Approved Document.

The Approved Document sets out reasonable standards for doors and windows to resist physical attack by a casual or opportunist burglar by being both sufficiently robust and fitted with appropriate hardware.

For all projects submitted to planning from 1st October 2015, any window or doorset in scope of Approved Document Q needs to meet the requirements of PAS 24:2014. In addition, there will be requirements for door hardware and accessories such as chains and letter plate openings.

Stairs 

Approved Document B - Fire Safety

Stairs in some situations have to be fire resistant. We provide fire resisting stairs certified by the LPCB (Loss Prevention Certificate Board) and we are the first volume stair manufacturer to be certified by the LPCB.

Approved Document E - Resistance to passage of sound

Stairs are subject to sound insulation requirements, we offer a rubber matting which is applied to the underside of the staircase.

Approved Document K - Protection from falling collision and impact

Approved Document K determines the height and depth of the steps, this will vary depending upon the type of building and will also impact on the pitch and overall length of a staircase.

Approved Document M - Access and facilities for disabled people

The steps of a staircase have to be wider and lower and must not have any trip hazards such as nosings. There must also be a continuous handrail on each side.

Please note, Building Regulations are subject to local interpretation by the Building Control Officer and you should always check you meet the requirements of your local authority.

You can find your Local Authority by entering your postcode at www.labc.uk.com