Safe and secure

Jon Park Davies
Jon Park Davies

By John Park-Davies, group managing director, Ikon Aluminium Systems.

For architects, specifiers, contractors, and installers operating across private developer, commercial and social housing contracts there is always demand for high-performance, proven fenestration products. 

Usually, these must carry necessary and appropriate certification backed by independent, third-party testing to meet the specification requirements.

PAS 24 certification

Proven security is often a key criterion for both commercial and domestic applications. PAS 24 is the standard associated with enhanced security for windows and doorsets – referenced in Approved Document Q it can help users meet Building Regulations in England and Wales.

As a manufacturer of specialist aluminium louvred products, PAS 24 certification enables us to demonstrate that our products provide enhanced security, giving confidence and assurance to our customers.

We have a suite of PAS 24 approved louvred products allowing us to meet the demands of both commercial and domestic projects. Our range includes the IKL50 PAS 24 fully welded aluminium security louvre system and IKL50 PAS 24 outward-opening single and double aluminium louvre doorsets.

We believe we are the only UK manufacturer to successfully achieve PAS 24:2016 certification on all these products.

The outward-opening single and double aluminium louvre doorsets passed the latest testing regime in June. Both were independently tested against Annex A: Security hardware and cylinder test and assessment and Annex B: Enhanced security performance for doorsets.

PAS 24 louvred doorsets

Unlike standard doorsets, such as composite and timber entrance doors, our PAS 24 aluminium louvred doorsets combine security with ventilation. They allow air to pass across and through the louvres into and out of the space beyond.

They are frequently used in more commercial applications such as pedestrian access to underground car parks, access to a computer server, plant or generator room, or for the secure storage of high value goods, with airflow.

They also meet several requirements for social housing providers. Locations like refuse areas and bike stores often need to be secure yet provide good airflow. Bin stores, for example, can be particularly vulnerable to rough sleeping and may be susceptible to drug misuse. Our doorsets help to discourage crime and anti-social behaviour such as this.

Both our outward-opening single and double aluminium louvre doorsets comprise 20mm steel security bars and a full height continuous heavy duty security hinge, with high security lock with 29mm bar bolt, anti-snap euro cylinder and armoured strike. They are fully welded with mechanically fixed aluminium bird mesh.

For ease of installation and design flexibility, both doorsets can be integrated into a façade. Single or double skin insulating blanking panels can also be fitted.

We also recommend that our IKL50 PAS 24 fully welded aluminium security louvre system be used as a fixed, top, or side screen to complement the PAS 24 door systems. It performs strongly as a standalone product too and can be glazed-in or fixed between structures.

Working with our sister company, Vertik-Al, we offer any standard RAL or BS coloured powder coated finish on all our aluminium louvred products.

In gaining PAS 24 certification, we ensure our customers can access the very best and most secure aluminium louvred products on the market. In addition to the unique nature of these security products, we are proud to say the components are locally sourced, and then fabricated and powder coated in the heart of Britain.

While louvres may not be an everyday sell for most installers, they are a valuable addition to any portfolio. They present new opportunities and can help cement relationships as clients appreciate the ease of dealing with one trusted supplier for all their window and door needs.