Replacing windows and doors
Since April 2002, all replacement glazing has come within the scope of building regulations. This means anyone who installs replacement windows or doors has to comply with new thermal performance standards (replacing the glass is exempt).
When a property is sold, the purchaser’s solicitor will ask for evidence that any replacement glazing installed after April 2002 complies with the new building regulations.
There are two ways to prove compliance:
- A certificate showing that the work has been done by an installer who is registered under an industry self-certification scheme. In the windows and doors industry this scheme is run by an organisation called FENSA.
- A certificate from the local authority or building control authority saying that the installation has approval under building regulations.
The FENSA Scheme
The FENSA scheme allows window and door installation companies that meet certain criteria to self-certify that their work complies with building regulations. It was set up by the Glass and Glazing Federation, in association with all key stakeholders, and meets with Central Government approval. A sample of the work of every installer is inspected by FENSA appointed inspectors to ensure standards are maintained and installers who fail to perform can be suspended or even excluded from the scheme. FENSA also inform local authorities of all completed FENSA installations and issue certificates to householders confirming compliance.
Any installation done by a company which is not registered by FENSA, including work done as a DIY project by a householder, needs full local authority approval under building regulations. The property owner is ultimately responsible for ensuring the work complies with the building regulations.
How does FENSA know what's going on at my house?
Any FENSA registered fitter will notify FENSA of each installation when the fitting work is complete. FENSA make random checks to monitor the standard of installation.
Is Sashed registered with FENSA?
Sashed is registered with FENSA as an approved installer of windows and doors. This allows us to fit windows and or doors, and register them with FENSA as compliant with building regulations without the need to involve local authority building control.
What should I do if I'm buying windows from Sashed and getting someone else to fit them?
If you’re changing your windows and doors you will need to comply with building regulations and you will need a certificate to prove it. If the person or company fitting your windows is FENSA registered then make sure to ask them to register your installation with FENSA and ask for your FENSA building regulations compliance certificate. If they are not a FENSA registered fitter then you will need to inform your local authority’s building control department, they will inspect your windows and issue a building regulations compliance certificate. However, if you are fitting windows and doors into a wider building project, such as major house renovation or an extension, then you can use the same building control services for the replacement of windows and doors as used for the rest of your renovation or extension.
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