Navigating the Potential Changes in PAS24:2022 +A1:2024

May 24, 2024

Navigating the Potential Changes in PAS24:2022 +A1:2024

In our ever-evolving industry, it’s crucial to stay ahead of changes that could impact our businesses. The recent public consultation for PAS24:2022, which addresses new methods of attack by opportunistic burglars and the control of information, presents significant considerations for us all.

While we at VEKA are not asserting that these changes will necessarily come to pass, we believe it’s important to provide an overview of the proposed amendments and what they could mean for our industry.

Firstly, it’s worth noting that VEKA was the first system house company to achieve PAS24:2022  and Secure by Design accreditation for all our products, both double and triple glazed. This achievement underscores our commitment to security and excellence, setting a benchmark in the industry.

Key Proposed Amendments

The amendments under consultation introduce several key changes aimed at enhancing security. The most notable among these is the addition of a toolkit that includes water, a syringe, freeze spray, and superglue to simulate a method of attack that has become more common. This proposed change raises the question of whether such an attack method should be addressed within PAS24 or if it is more appropriately covered by TS007 standards, which deal with door cylinders. The current draft suggests that cylinders meeting TS007-1:2014 or TS007-1:2024 are acceptable, and this will be a focal point of our feedback during the consultation process.

Implications for Fabricators and Installers

A particularly concerning aspect of the draft is the proposed revision to paragraph 6.2, which could state:

6.2 Instructions and Installations: The manufacturer shall supply and inspect all components parts of the door set or window, together with full instructions for assembly, installation, glazing, operation and maintenance with each product prior to delivery on site. All installations shall be completed by a competent person and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

This change could lead to several scenarios with significant implications:

  • – Systems House as Manufacturer: If the Systems House is deemed the manufacturer, we would need to provide and inspect the full specification of components, including glass and hardware. This could necessitate audits of fabricators’ premises to ensure compliance, similar to BS7412 standards.
  • – Fabricator as Manufacturer: If fabricators are considered the manufacturers, they would need to supply and inspect all components, potentially requiring them to undertake relevant PAS24 testing for all products. This would allow fabricators more flexibility in component selection but could also impose significant logistical and financial burdens, especially for those providing unglazed frames.
  • – Installer as Manufacturer: For unglazed frames, the responsibility could shift to installers, who would need to ensure compliance and inspect components—a challenging task since some components, like reinforcement, are not visible post-fabrication.

 

Operational and Financial Considerations

The proposed requirement for a comprehensive manual detailing assembly, installation, glazing, maintenance, and operation processes is manageable. However, the stipulation that installations must be completed by a “competent person” introduces ambiguity. What defines a competent person in this context? Without a relevant qualification or standard, ensuring compliance becomes challenging. This could necessitate fabricators to inspect installations, adding another layer of complexity and potential liability.

Industry Response and Moving Forward

As we prepare our group response to the consultation, it’s imperative that the entire industry participates. The changes proposed, although seemingly minor, could have profound implications on operational practices, financial planning, and compliance responsibilities.

We anticipate that the long-awaited review of Part Q Security in England will soon follow the changes to PAS24:2022, likely extending its scope to include existing dwellings. This means easily accessible windows and doors in the RMI sector would require PAS24 certification, impacting a broader segment of the market.

The industry must come together to influence the outcome of this consultation. While we at VEKA continue to lead in achieving security standards, the proposed changes highlight the importance of active participation in shaping our regulatory environment. By engaging in this process, we can ensure that any amendments support not only enhanced security but also practical implementation for fabricators and installers.

As always, our focus remains on delivering secure, high-quality products to our Partners, and we stand ready to navigate these changes with your collaboration and input.

Paul Kennington

Technical Director at VEKA plc

 

SUBMITT YOUR RESPONSE BY THE 8TH JUNE 2024

The draft document can be found here. It is necessary to register / login to view and comment, but this process is very quick and once done allows the user to comment on future proposals.

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