Joiners need easy access to PAS24 security certification for timber windows and doors to comply with Document Q of Building Regulations, according to OT Dare Joinery consultant Owen Dare, and one of the founder directors at The Joinery Network, newly launched to support joinery companies.
“The Joinery Network booked two weeks at the testing house for an initial batch of products to cover BS 6375: 1 for weathertightness and thermal performance, PAS 24 and Approved Document Q for security, and Part M to ensure that people are able to access and use buildings and their facilities,” Owen said.
“We recognise that joiners need test results for all the windows and doors they’re making. It means a much broader range of products, options and styles must be tested, to ensure the results can be cascaded to comply with Building Regulations.
“We are aiming to build up the product portfolio, to give joiners a comprehensive range to choose from. Day one saw passes on the box sash and flush casement window, and the second day we added single doors opening both in and out, including low thresholds to comply with Part M. We have included full glazed, half-glazed and panel door options, opening both in and out.
“All permutations of French doors are also being tested during this time. We will continue to add more products including thermalite windows, stormproof flush sash and aluclad options.”
Joiners can get a licence from The Joinery Network to use the cascaded data to offer products compliant with the regulations, whether it’s for PAS24, Part Q or Part M. Under the scheme The Joinery Network offers all the technical support to get companies set up, so they don’t fall foul of the law.
“The Joinery Network has already had a huge amount of interest from joinery companies,” Owen said. “They want an easy way to show their products comply with Building Regulations.”
The Joinery Network is a cooperative of leading industry suppliers, bringing expertise, practical support and certified products to grow timber window and door businesses. The range of expertise covers tooling and hardware through to marketing and asset finance. The eight founder partners in The Joinery Network have invested in the product testing as part of their commitment to the industry.