Complying with changes to Document Q – Security Building Regulation guidelines
We’ve been living with Document Q for well over a year now and as is always the case with changes to regulations, there has been a fair bit of interpretation over what is required to comply with the security regulations for new dwellings and extensions introduced in October 2015.
Because Shepley’s windows and doors are already tested to achieve Secured by Design accreditation, it has been much easier for customers to comply with Document Q.
We were quick to develop products compliant with Document Q requirements and we’ve spent time looking over the regulations and guidelines to give you the best information and answers we can.
Here are our answers to the most frequently asked questions we get about Document Q.
What locking do I need on single PVCU doors and Composite Doors for Document Q?
All doors must be manufactured to meet the test requirements of PAS 24:2012 – requiring a multi-point locking system. The lock cylinder must by uprated to achieve the TS007 Kitemark standard.
Shepley achieve TS007 to meet PAS 24 in single PVCu and composite doors and by fitting the Yale Platinum 3* Security Cylinder.
What are the rules for Document Q Letter Plates?
Fitting a letter plate cowl: It is only when the door is a means of escape and fitted with a thumb-turn barrel that some Local Authorities insist that a cowl is fitted to the letter plate.
We’re finding that there is some interpretation of the standard. So far, our experience is if the door has a key/key barrel and not a thumb-turn, then the letter plate doesn’t need to be fitted with an internal cowl to comply with Document Q.
TS008 security standard: A new door fitted with a letter plate must also now pass the new TS008:2015 standard to be PAS 24 compliant, meeting the requirements for security. This means that post must pass freely through the letter box, whilst stopping fishing and unlocking of the door through the letterplate aperture. It also has to prevent being removed from the outside.
Compliant letter plates are just coming on to the market as I write this and we can now offer doors that comply with the TS008 standard.
How do I comply with Document Q when fitting French Doors?
All French doors must have two 3* Yale Platinum cylinders (or equivalent) fitted to comply with Document Q.
If you need a low aluminium threshold: This must comply with Part M access requirements and Document Q security. Shepley has developed a specially designed low aluminium threshold – with high security shootbolt keeps plus extra security blocks at the threshold.
Do I need to fit Laminated Glass to comply with Document Q?
There has been a lot of debate around laminated glass and the Glass and Glazing Federation – GGF – has now come up with guidance on the use of laminated glass for security which you can read in full.
In short, the GGF guidance says:
Ground floor windows that are not next to doors and are fitted with a locking handle do not require laminated glass.
All windows that are next to doors must be fitted with 6.8mm thickness laminated glass – not 6.4mm. The doors next to windows must also be fitted with 6.8mm laminated glass.
What do I need to achieve Secured by Design standards on doors?
If Secured by Design – SBD – is needed, the doors must have third party physical testing approval. Shepley’s test certification is from BSI. There is often some confusion here, but this means for example that testing provided by lock suppliers is not sufficient on its own.
When does Document Q apply?
Part Q Security to Building Regulations applies to new dwellings. This is also generally accepted to include any new extensions that require Building Regulation compliance.
Got a question for us?
If we haven’t covered your question here just speak with our technical team and they will be pleased to advise you on any project or application that you need help with.