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From April 2002, all replacement glazing came within the scope of the Building Regulations. From then on, anyone who installs replacement windows or doors will have to comply with strict thermal performance standards. One of the main reasons for the change is the need to reduce energy loss.
The Building Regulations have controlled glazing in new buildings for many years but they represent only a very small percentage of the total building stock. It is also essential to improve the performance of the much larger numbers of existing buildings if we are to meet increasingly stringent national and global energy saving targets.
When the time comes to sell your property, your purchaser's surveyors will ask for evidence that any replacement glazing installed after April 2002 complies with the new Building Regulations.
There will be two ways to prove compliance:-
l a certificate showing that the work has been done by an installer who is registered under the FENSA scheme or
l a certificate from Building Control saying that the installation has approval under the Building Regulations
The FENSA Scheme is a scheme that will allow installation companies that meet certain criteria to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations.
This scheme has been set up by the Glass and Glazing Federation, in association with all key stakeholders and meets with central Government approval. FENSA will inform Local Authorities of all completed FENSA installations and issue certificates to the householder.
If you are a householder
Before you sign a contract to buy replacement glazing, be sure to ask whether the installer is able to self-certify. If not, they, or you will need to make an application to Building Control and pay any relevant charge.
Please note that as the house owner, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring the work complies with the Building Regulations.