The Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI) provides guidance for consumers and professionals alike regarding the performance of windows and doors. In order that a product earns the Secured by Design approved product certificate a series of stringent product tests must be successfully completed ensuring that you can select this range and have complete confidence in the performance and the security of our products.
PAS 24 (2016)- Secured by Design (SBD) Windows & Doors
If additional home protection and security features form part of the requirements for your home look no further than our PAS 24/ SBD Enhanced Security Range for windows and doors.
Many clients look at these “Badges” or “Awards” and question what difference it will actually make to safety and security and by approaching the matter from your perspective we can hopefully highlight some of the additional benefits these accreditations can achieve. PAS 24 (2016) /SBD certification has been adopted by Local Authorities throughout the UK and now forms part of Building Standards. This means that if you buy a new build property or you decide to carry out alterations to your existing property, local authorities will insist that windows and doors are made to these new standards. If you are planning to replace existing windows and doors most local authorities will encourage their clients to upgrade to include this standard however the final choice on this matter lies with you, the client.
In order to provide these standards, Scotia will manufacture typical window and door samples which are transported to an approved testing laboratory where the product can be assessed to a British Standard Kitemark. These tests will examine our finished product for a number of key performances indicators which for example will include weather performance, strength and durability. Our Enhanced Security award (PAS 24 /SBD) provides the most stringent security standards available in the UK which are independently verified by both British Standards, Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (SBD) and also have the backing of many insurance companies, some of whom will offer lower premiums for your investment in better window and door locks. To attain this premium security standard our products must withstand a series of rigorous security tests including impact strength tests and attacks from individuals who have been trained in the most successful methods of breaching windows and door locks. Only the very best performing products which demonstrate an ability to successfully overcome these challenges will be awarded a PAS 24 /SBD Enhanced Security Kitemark. In addition to premium locking systems’ each fully glazed door and any adjoining side panel will require to be fitted with one pane toughened safety glass and the second pane laminated safety glass. This laminated glass is typically manufactured using two sheets of float glass which has plastic bonded between each sheet to form a virtually impenetrable sealed unit, even if broken. The key benefit of the laminated unit is that if the glass is broken, the plastic sheet holds the glass in place…… this makes entry to the household through laminated glass extremely difficult.
Scotia currently offer PAS 24/SBD upgrades on casement windows, fully reversible windows, tilt and turn windows, and a full range of doors and double doors. If you’d like to discuss including these features in your specification please contact us.
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