Is Double Glazing Exempt From Building Regulations?

Is Double Glazing Exempt From Building Regulations?

Many properties nowadays have double glazing as opposed to single glazing. There are many good reasons for doing this, not least the significant reduction in noise levels and the reduction in heat loss through the glass.

If you are considering getting double glazing fitted, you may be wondering whether it is exempt from the current building regulations or not. We’ve put together some information for you that should help. It should be noted that the information here applies to residential buildings that require repairs or replacement windows to be fitted, rather than commercial ones.

Double Glazing Costs

Do You Need To Adhere To Building Regulations If You Are Repairing Windows?

The short answer is no. You are allowed to repair rotten sashes or parts of a window frame without worrying about the regulations. In addition replacement units can also be installed, whether they are broken or fogged.

What About Replacement Double Glazing?

Replacement Double Glazing

If you are having new double glazed windows fitted, you will need to comply with current building regulations. The regulations are in place to ensure all new windows are able to reduce energy loss from properties. The new double glazing must meet current regulations that provide a minimum standard that must be adhered to.

The good news is this doesn’t involve a lot of hassle on the part of the homeowner. You simply need to use a reputable company that is registered with FENSA. This stands for Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme. Basically when the company you use is FENSA-registered, it can self-certify that the new installation meets the current guidelines. This saves a lot of time that would otherwise be wasted going through the process of meeting regulations and applying for permission for the installation to go ahead. FENSA registration also provides you with peace of mind that you are choosing a reliable installer for the job.

Different Aspects To Bear In Mind When Installing Double Glazing

Installing Double Glazing

All the above applies to regular dwellings rather than listed ones. If you know your property is listed you cannot get replacement windows installed via a FENSA installer. Instead you would have to get proper planning permission for the windows prior to having them put in.

The reason for this is because listed buildings are often required to meet certain standards so the character and age of the building is respected when any work is done. Imagine someone buying a 17th century cottage and having 21st century uPVC double glazing installed for example. It would undoubtedly look dreadful and very out of character for the property. It is for this reason that listed buildings require planning permission before the owners can perform any work – including installing double glazing.

Regardless of the type of home you have, you also need to consider the quality of the materials used in your new double glazing. For example, not all double glazing is the same. Glass is graded according to how good it is at keeping the heat in. A-rated glass is the best and while it costs more it is definitely worth getting. Self-cleaning glass is another possibility, and one that might be worth thinking about if you hate cleaning windows or live in an area where they regularly get dusty and dirty.

Get a Quote To Determine The Cost of Your Desired Double Glazing

Once you are sure you are in a position to use a FENSA-registered installer to help you with your new windows, you should get some quotes to determine the likely cost of the job. This will enable you to find the best company for the job and to get the ball rolling.