Approved Document Q (ADQ), Security-Dwellings became part of the Building Regulations in England on 1st October 2015 and was the outcome of the Coalition Government review known as 'The Red Tape Challenge'. There was a temporary reprieve for any construction project which had been submitted for planning prior to this date but this exemption expired on 1st October 2016.
How do I comply with Approved Document Q?
- Secure windows/doorsets should be made to a design that has been shown by test to meet the requirements of British Standards publication PAS 24:2012. This can be achieved by one of the following methods;
- Carry out own testing to PAS 24 at an approved UKAS test laboratory;
- Cascade or 'piggyback' test results from a 3rd party
- Purchase finished products from a supplier who has carried out their own testing.
- Is applicable to easily accessible windows/doorsets (of all framing materials) in new dwellings or those formed from a change of use. This includes entrance doors to flats/apartments and interconnecting doors (e.g. through a garage)
- Is not applicable to replacement windows/doorsets, or those in extensions or conservatories
- Main entrance doorsets should contain a;
- Chain or limiter
- Viewer (unless door or side panel includes clear glazing)
- Letterplate with maximum aperture of 260mm x 40mm with flap that prevents access to items such as keys by inserting a hand or stick, etc. E.g. Letterplate conforming to DHF TS 008:2012
- Compliance with ADQ does not infer immunity from other parts of the Building Regulations. In particular careful consideration should be given (but not limited) to;
- ADB - Fire Safety
- ADE - Resistance to Sound
- ADK - Safe Glazing/Protection from Falling
- ADL - Conservation of Fuel and Power
- ADM - Access to and Use of Buildings
Some of all of which may affect the product performance and security specifications of windows/doorsets and/or glazing required by ADQ.
*Source: VEKA - A guide to enhanced security of windows and doorsets