Building Regulations for Doors

Building regulations for doors and windows in the UK are stringent and often complex. This page is designed to give you a useful overview of the main areas covered.

Buildings Regulations UK provide information on everything from double glazing and doors to planning permission and the government’s serious commitment to reducing the UK’s carbon footprint.

If you’re looking to install or replace a door within your property with a reputable supplier, they will take care of the legal requirements for you. It’s more than their jobs worth not to be up-to-date with all the latest building regulations concerning doors and the legal requirements alone are reason enough for many people to get the experts in, rather than fit their doors themselves.

The four main areas covered by UK Building Regulations for doors are:

  • Thermal Performance covers government guidelines as to energy efficiency and the amount of heat which escapes through doors and windows when closed known as the U-Value.
  • Means of Escape can people get out quickly and safely in case of emergency? It’s simple risk assessment, but nonetheless vital.
  • Safety in part relates to ‘Means of Escape’ but there are also strict rules governing the appropriate use of safety glass. All good suppliers will know these and ensure you are compliant.
  • Air Supply and Ventilation although energy efficiency is the current buzzword, ventilation and a through-flow of air is important in any room, especially bathrooms and utility rooms where things are like dryers and washing machines live. Interestingly one of the most common side effects of reduced ventilation is condensation.

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