As from 1st July 2013, is it mandatory for all window and external door products supplied in the UK to have a CE Mark for them to be legally placed on the market.
CE Marking means that the product complies with essential requirements of the Construction Products Regulations 2011 drawn up by the European Commission and that the product can be used for the application intended.
The aim of the Regulations is to harmonise compliance with European technical standard EN14351-1 across the EU and a CE mark indicates to a customer that a product conforms to specific standards, known as harmonised European Norms (hEN).
Under the Regulations, essential characteristics of the product must be declared, where the product standard has an identified threshold value and is a requirement under UK Building Regulations. Based on these criteria, windows and doors not on escape routes have three characteristics, dangerous substances, load bearing capacity of safety devices and thermal transmittance. For locked doors on escape routes there is an additional characteristic of the ability to release.
As proof of our compliance and conformity with the required standard, these characteristics are declared for each of our products by way of a Declaration of Performance (DoP), which declares the minimum requirement set out in the Regulations.
The performance data in each case is based on the “worst case scenario” and the results should not be interpreted as relevant to the standard required by the British Fenestration Rating Council Energy Rating scheme or Document L of the Building Regulations. The U-values for these standards are calculated differently to the European standards and cannot be used for CE marking. Our products, where appropriate, will continue to be licensed under the above scheme and meet the current Building Regulation standards.
All our products are CE marked and the corresponding DoP can be downloaded / viewed by clicking on the link below: