Mumford & Wood Conservation™ sliding sash windows are now SBD certificated to meet Approved Document Q – Security. Recognised as Britain’s leading manufacturer of high performance, tried and tested timber windows and doors, Conservation™ sash windows now carry additional security features that meet the requirements of Document Q Building Regulations, for the new build housing sector, which comes into effect 1 October 2015.
“To the untrained eye the Conservation Secure™ sash window looks no different to its predecessor, so much so that even burglars won’t see this until they have struggled with the security features and, of course, timber offers better strength to weight ratios than any other frame material,” says Frank Buckley, managing director, Mumford & Wood. “High levels of thermal, acoustic and air tightness come as standard and our products surpass the requirements of Part L Building Regulations.”
The technicians at Mumford & Wood have innovated improvements to the existing and coordinated products in the Conservation™ range enabling a new higher level of security without any visible difference. These windows and doors join a certificated line up in the Conservation Secure™ collection which includes SBD certificated casement windows, French doorsets, bi-folding and entrance doors.
The security standard demanded by Building Regulations, to which products are tested, is known as PAS24 but prior to this all products must be tested and rated for weather and air tightness to meet BS6375 (Parts 1 & 2). “It is pointless having safe and secure windows and doors if you cannot keep the weather at bay,” continues Buckley.
“While the requirement to meet Part Q will apply for new buildings only, existing home owners will want these security benefits applied to replacement products for the upkeep and maintenance of their properties as well as for major refurbishments and extensions.”
Independent research carried out on behalf of the British Woodworking Federation’s Wood Window Alliance (WWA) scheme, of which Mumford & Wood is a leading member, has proven that timber windows and doors made in accordance with their standards will last for 60 years or more and that, over time, will be carbon negative. Conservation™ products are manufactured from engineered Siberian Larch wood components that provide ultimate levels of strength and stability. With the benefits of double glazing, and optional glass specification, these products offer ultimate levels of thermal and acoustic performance with peace-of-mind security.