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FENSA – Building Regulations and your windows.

On the 1st April 2002, the replacement of windows and doors came within the scope of the Building Regulations for England and Wales; therefore any replacement of windows and doors in your home are subject to the requirements of these Regulations.

This was one of a number of changes designed to improve the thermal efficiency of homes and to assist the Government in meeting its commitments to reduce CO2 emissions under the Kyoto Agreement. It will also mean that homes are warmer and use less energy.

You can meet your commitments under the Building Regulations by either:

  • applying for approval to replace your windows and doors through your Local Authority Building Control DepartmentOr
  • by using a contractor/installer who is registered with one of the schemes set up by the Government Department responsible for Building Regulations such as FENSA.

The schemes enable registered businesses to certify that their installations meet with current Building Regulations.

Installations are then electronically registered with the Local Authority. The various schemes then send you a certificate which records that your installer has certified that the installation meets the appropriate Building Regulations.

Registered businesses are required to understand the Regulations and be capable of installing a product in your home that meets requirements. You will therefore be advised on the design of windows and doors to ensure any replacements meet with current regulations and the correct thermal performance.

The installer is not permitted to fit noncompliant products. If these are fitted you will have committed an offense under the Building Act 1984, as well as possibly putting yourself and others at risk. It is also a requirement that the installation is registered. It is not an option to ignore this part of the process.

Once an installation is registered with FENSA a certificate is sent out to the installation address, this can take up to eight weeks for FENSA to issue. EuroSeal is a registered installer of BFRC Energy Rating A windows and doors. All certificates issued will have confirmation that A rated products have been installed.

If your windows are not registered directly with your Local Authority or by using one of the registered schemes, you will have a problem when you sell your home. The purchaser’s solicitor will require evidence, via the registration, that the windows and doors conform to the relevant regulations.

FENSA also organise, on a random basis, the inspection of a number of installations, through inspection agents, to ensure that Building Regulations are being met. You may therefore be contacted by one of the inspection organisations.

All registered businesses must offer you the opportunity to purchase an insurance policy directly from the insurance provider, to cover the window/door guarantee, should the registered business cease to trade.

All EuroSeal Installations conform to the new building regulations and benefit from insurance backed guarantees as standard.

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