We have had a recent visit from someone to quote for replacement windows.
We had hoped that we could have large glass panels at the bottom with single and/or twin top openers at the top,depending on width of window,, i.e twin top openers on the wider windows.
Our man says this is a problem though because it would not be in compliance with building control regs with regard to fire escape. The bottom line is that it seems me must have side openners on the bedroom windows to allow escape but the rest,i.e ground floor and landing windows,could be top openers. Of course this may spoil the look of the front/rear elevation of the house as we would then have a mix of top and side openers.
Apparently the above is to be in compliance with a reg change in 2002?? or something like that?.
If the windows are not in compliance with the reg then a FENSA reg/or building control cert cannot be obtained.
Our man says he usually obtains the building control cert in preference to FENSA as FENSA only inspect a small proportion of installs whereas local authority building control inspect all installs that they certify.
So the bottom line is,comply and therefore get a cert,flout and dont get a cert.
Our man says that if we dont have a cert,(not in strict compliance) then this will be picked up by a surveyor acting on behalf of any future purchaser.
I guess i'm asking,is the building control cert really necessary or is it common place to flout?.
I expect ALL installs done by big national co's would HAVE to be in full compliance?
any thoughts welcome..