News, Products, Services BSI launches verification scheme for Approved Document Q

BSI, the business improvement company has today launched a new verification scheme too help non- manufacturer installers of windows and doors demonstrate compliance with Approved Document Q.

This new scheme provides installers with independent verification that they fulfil this aspect of The Building Regulations by assessing their organisation’s capability to supply and install products that meet PAS 24: Enhanced security performance requirements for doorsets and windows in the UK. This is one of the routes to compliance referenced within Approved Document Q for England and Wales covering security in dwellings.

Installers of easily accessible windows and doors are required to

provide evidence of compliance of Approved Document Q by installing products that have been manufactured to a design shown by test, to meet the security requirements of PAS 24. This is applicable to new dwellings, and existing buildings which have had a ‘material change of use’ and become dwellings where they were previously not.

This must be demonstrated via certification or test reports to those who require it, such as Local Authority Building Control, Contractors, Developers and NHBC. These reports are often owned by a third party and as a result, are not in the installer’s company name which can create delays in installation. By assessing an organisation’s capability to provide compliant


NBT / Soprema merger heralds complete sustainable envelope solutions

NBT, the UK supplier of Pavatex insulation and airtightness products, has completed the first phase of a merger with building products giant, Soprema.

A global name in the construction supply chain, Soprema boasts 67 manufacturing sites around the world, more than 90 subsidiary companies and more than 4000 distributors. NBT first joined the group in 2016 and the legal process of creating the new UK business has been in progress in the interim, drawing on synergies between Soprema and NBT while ensuring that NBT retains its clear focus on delivering sustainable, robust and cost-effective solutions for the building envelope.

Andrew Mitchell from NBT/Soprema explains: “We have undergone what might be called a soft merger over the past couple of years and our customers probably haven’t noticed the difference as we’ve been going through the legal, commercial and operational process of completing the new structure.

“However, the integration of NBT and Soprema brings with it huge benefits for specifiers, procurement professionals, contractors and end- users as it enables a joined up supply chain focused on best-fit and best- practice solutions for the building envelope. For specifiers it means an integrated, expert approach to delivering a project-specific solution, for procurement and construction

professionals it means a rationalised, cost-effective supply chain and for the end user it ensures buildings that will perform better and last longer.”

NBT’s Pavatex range of woodfibre insulation and airtightness tapes and membranes now sit alongside a huge array of Soprema solutions, including waterproofing, roofing, solar energy, insulation and acoustics. NBT has already been pioneering envelope solutions and driving take-up of sustainable, renewable building products in the mainstream construction industry and the company will now leverage the global capabilities of Soprema to take this vision forward.

Laurent Verheyden, MD or Soprema businesses in UK, adds: “The building envelope is becoming increasingly complex and specifiers often have to look to different suppliers for the varied elements of the build-up.

“What we can offer is a specialism in complete envelope solutions, with hybrid systems that answer the needs of today’s construction sector, including buildability, performance and environmental goals. All of that will be backed by the warranty, technologies and expertise available from Soprema, for a high standard of support and quality assurance from first enquiry to final hand over.”

products instead, this verification scheme enables the installer to achieve a certificate in their company name, verified by BSI that can be handed to those that require compliance evidence.

Andy Butterfield, Product Certification Director of Built Environment at BSI said: “The fenestration market has changed significantly in recent years - the installation market in particular has seen rapid growth. It’s vital that installers can prove that the windows and doorsets they are fitting, where required, meet the requirements of Approved Document Q to help ensure the security of homes.”

“It can be hugely challenging for installers to demonstrate

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Fireshield is the culmination of leading research to produce a vapour permeable membrane with a fire proof surface, which is designed specifically to improve the fire protection behind cladding.

The BBA Certificate confirms that Fireshield has enhanced performance in relation to reaction to fire classification, will reduce the risk of interstitial condensation, and will have a life equal to that of the building in which it is installed. The endorsement by the UK’s leading construction certification body will provide architects, contractors and specifiers with full assurance that the product has been tested to meet the highest industry standards.

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to prevent fire taking hold. This unique coating extinguishes fire rather than just resisting it, and significantly reduces the formation of droplets and smoke.

Fireshield complies with BS5250, BS4016 and NHBC requirements for vapour permeable walling underlays. It is installed and fixed to the substrate in the same manner as standard breather membranes using mechanical fixings. Applications include both commercial and residential buildings including apartments and student accommodation, as well as rainscreen cladding and applications over 18m high.

compliance using test and certification data sourced from their supply chain, if they haven’t manufactured the product. We’ve developed this scheme with those installers in mind.”

In order to achieve the verification certification for Doors & Windows (ADQ-VC), organisations are required to be independently assessed at BSI’s Centre of Excellence in Hemel Hempstead against PAS 24: Enhanced security performance requirements for doorsets and windows in the UK. Doorsets and windows intended to offer a level of security suitable for dwellings and other buildings exposed to comparable risk.

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