ADVANTAGES OF USING FENSA
- FENSA registered businesses are vetted by taking consumer and trade references together with financial checks. They must have at least 10m Employer’s Liability and £2m Public Liability Insurance. Their order forms must include a 7 day cooling off period and any guarantees clearly explained.
- Contracts for all installations carried out by FENSA registered installers must include a 5 to 10 year guarantee which is covered by an insurance backed warranty and deposit protection insurance.
- FENSA is trusted by all Local Authorities and the Government.
- All FENSA registered companies are continuously re-assessed by an independent inspection body to ensure consistency of Building Regulation compliance.
- Using FENSA is cheaper and easier using than your Local Authority Building Control department.
Fensa - rules for replacement windows
Since April 2002 the replacement of windows and doors has been subject to Building Regulations and a householder can either apply for Building Regulations approval or allow the installation company to deal with the issue through its membership of FENSA. This section explains what FENSA is and what the advantages are of using FENSA instead of a Building Regulations application.
THE ABBREVIATION FENSA, REFERS TO THE FENESTRATION SELF-ASSESSMENT SCHEME
GLAZING IN NEWLY BUILT PROPERTIES HAS FOR MANY YEARS BEEN SUBJECT TO BUILDING REGULATIONS APPROVAL BUT IN APRIL 2002 REPLACEMENT GLAZING IN EXISTING RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES WAS BROUGHT WITHIN THE SCOPE OF BUILDING REGULATIONS. FOR NEW BUILDINGS WHERE A PLANNING APPLICATION AND BUILDING REGULATIONS APPROVAL ARE GENERALLY SOUGHT AT THE SAME TIME, THE SITUATION HAS CHANGED LITTLE. BUT BRINGING THE VAST NUMBER OF REPLACEMENT GLAZING INSTALLATIONS EACH YEAR (AROUND TWO MILLION IN 2010) INTO EXISTING RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES UNDER THE SCOPE OF BUILDING REGULATIONS REQUIRED ANOTHER ORGANISATION TO BE FORMED. FENSA, NOW WITH OVER 9,000 MEMBER COMPANIES, WAS FORMED TO ADMINISTER THE BULK OF THE APPLICATIONS OTHERWISE LOCAL COUNCILS PROBABLY WOULD SIMPLY NOT HAVE COPED WITH THE VOLUME OR WORK.
Fensa - selling your property
When selling your property, your purchaser’s solicitors may ask for evidence that any replacement glazing installed since April 2002 complies with Building Regulations. There are currently two ways to prove compliance: –
• A FENSA certificate showing that the work has been carried out by an installer who is registered with FENSA or a similar body
• A certificate from the Local Authority Building Control stating that the installation has been approved under Building Regulations
Tucker Joinery are FENSA registered, offering additional peace of mind and assurance that conformity to current standards is achieved.
For further information on the scheme, please follow the link below:
Tucker Joinery are fully CE approved and all our external joinery will be marked accordingly.
The CE marking is the proof of conformity to European standards required to be able to see all external joinery works to the end user. This is our deceleration to our customers that we have provided all manufacturing processes, glazing, hardware, safety hardware and panic hardware to standards deemed acceptable to have the CE certification shown on our products.
It has been law since 1st July 2013 that all external joinery sold without CE marking contravenes current legislation.
In October 2015 the building regulations for England were amended through the introduction of ‘Part Q’ to introduce new requirements for security standards in new build homes (including new homes created by a change of use such as a barn conversion).
Tucker joiner produce a range of either doors , windows , sash windows and bi folding doors that have been part Q tested and approved .