08.03.2018 Are you sure you're Approved Document Q compliant?
VBH Systems Sales Manager, Rob Norman, discusses the key role of product design and manufacture within Document Q, and what companies need to do to ensure compliance.
The introduction of Approved Document Q (ADQ) as a way to improve security in the residential built environment has been welcomed. New builds, plus those undergoing a change in use of an existing building, must be compliant, and create an environment that deters any would-be burglar. All new dwellings, including existing buildings such as commercial premises, warehouses and barns converted for residential use, must comply with the Document Q. It also applies within Conservation Areas.
ADQ specifies security requirements in relation to doors and other access points of the building. This includes communal and private entrance doors, common areas in apartment buildings, garage doors where there is a connecting door to the dwelling, ground floor, basement and other easily accessible windows and any easily accessible roof-lights. It’s a requirement that the product must be shown to have been manufactured to a design that has been tested to an acceptable security standard. That means all products should at least be made to the specifications and security of PAS24.
VBH has received lots of enquiries over the two years since Document Q was implemented from companies who are unsure what is required of them. To clarify, companies wishing to work on new build projects must fit Document Q approved products, or those complying with any additional standard specified in the design brief, and the contractor has to be able to prove that they were manufactured to the correct specification.
Fabricators can take a number of routes for approval, the easiest of which is to cascade from the testing already carried out by their system supplier in partnership with a hardware specialist. This ensures that the fabricator uses approved hardware and places the onus on the hardware manufacturer to tick all of the boxes. Other routes to ADQ compliance are available, and VBH works with customers in these areas also.
VBH liaises with systems companies on profile and ancillary selection, and conducts thorough pre-testing and testing on products. In order to make life simple for our customers we have undertaken independent testing at BSi to PAS24 across residential doors, casement windows, tilt and turn windows, PVCu slide & fold doors and aluminium bi-folding doors. We’re working closely with systems companies too. For example, VBH is the hardware partner to Deceuninck, and ensures their windows, doors, sliders and Invisifold PVCu doors all meet PAS24 and BS6375 standards. VBH also works closely with Rehau, Kömmerling, Veka, Halo, Selecta and Aluplast, to name but a few, to provide ADQ compliant hardware solutions for those systems.
VBH’s own brand of hardware, greenteQ, has PAS24 approval across its Alpha window and door handles, Sigma Hybrid door hinges, Q-Bolt locks, Invisifold hardware for slide & fold doors and the Clearspan range for aluminium bi-folds, including the greenteQ Q-Star 1* cylinder and Alpha 2* handle TS007 combination.
Customers using VBH Document Q compliant hardware will find window and door furniture in a huge variety of designs and colours. It complements products from partner brands such as Yale, Roto, Siegenia and Maco too – making your job easier, knowing VBH products are fully tested and Approved Document Q compliant.
We are very proud to be authorised by BSi to display their well-respected logo on our relevant hardware. Independently tested at BSi, it offers an extra touch of reassurance for our customers.
At VBH we fully recognise the importance of the timber sector and we are currently working on ADQ solutions for wooden windows and doors that we will launch early in 2018.
Our quest to support our customers doesn’t stop there. The Q-secure guarantee shows VBH’s commitment and confidence in both greenteQ and approved partner hardware. If a homeowner is broken into via windows or doors (including patios) via one of our approved installers, VBH will cover costs up to £250 towards an emergency locksmith, £1,000 to repair/replace the door or window, £1,000 towards the homeowner’s insurance excess, and a further £1,000 goodwill payment, new build home or not! Our approved installers use the Q-secure guarantee as an additional sales tool, giving customers that peace of mind on the security, quality and longevity of their new windows and doors.
This article first appeared in Glass & Glazing Products magazine