Is PAS 24 the same as Secured By Design?
Secured by Design (SBD) is an initiative that organises accreditation for products on behalf of the Police. To be awarded a SBD Standard, the product must meet requirements to prevent crime to a ‘Police Preferred Specification’.
SBD approved products can only be produced by a manufacturer with a Secured by Design license.
PAS 24 and Secured by Design are independent of each other. However, most SBD products must meet PAS 24 standards as a minimum alongside other SBD requirements.
Is PAS 24 a legal requirement?
PAS 24 or an equivalent standard (see below) is now required to meet Building Regulations for new builds properties.
What is Approved Document Q?
Approved Document Q: Security - Dwellings, took effect in October 2015 in England and supports the existing Q1 of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010.
Building Regulations now require that all new build properties can “resist unauthorised access to any dwelling; and any part of a building from which access can be gained to a flat within the building.”
To pass Regulations, doors and windows must adhere to PAS 24:2016 or one of the similar standards:
- STS 201 Issue 5:2013
- LPS 1175 Issue 7:2010 security rating 2
- STS 202 Issue 3:2011 burglary rating 2
- LPS 2081 Issue 1:2015 rating B
- STS 204 Issue 3:2012
- LPS 1175 Issue 7:2010 security rating 1
- LPS 2081 Issue 1:2015 rating A
PAS 24 requirements
To achieve PAS 24:2016, a manufacturer must submit their products to an independent testing company certified by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
UKAS is the UK regulatory body which ensures that any product testing company is fully compliant in how it performs tests and calibrates its testing equipment.
The testing and certification process also ensures that the manufacturing process is consistently meeting standards. The testing house will regularly visit the manufacturer to check and re-test the products to make sure they are still performing to the standards. Any products awarded with the Standard that have a component changed may have to submit the product for a re-test.
PAS 24 is a minimum standard so it doesn't have a grading system, a window and door either passes and receives accreditation or it doesn't.
To meet PAS requirements, the door or window should meet the following BSI performance criteria:
|BS 6375 - 1:2015+A1:2016||Part 1||Classification for weather tightness and guidance on selection and specification|
|BS 6375 - 2:2009||Part 2||Classification for operation and strength characteristics and guidance on selection and specification|
|BS 6375 - 3:2009+A1:2013||Part 3||Classification for additional performance characteristics and guidance on selection and specification|
BS 6375 replaces PAS 23 which has now been withdrawn. The test is designed to mimic an attack by an opportunistic burglar, using tools which are easy to conceal.
The PAS 24 test
During the PAS 24 test, windows and doors are tested in three key areas:
- Security: How long does the door or windows keep intruders out of the property?
- Weather resistance: Does the door or window keep the cold and rain out and reduce draughts?