The Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme has been set up to help compliance
with strict new Building Regulations for domestic properties and Document
L in particular, effective from April 2002. The purpose is to ensure higher
standards of work and product specification.
Anyone who installs replacement windows or doors must comply with improved
thermal performance standards. As there are over 1 million installations
of replacement glazing every year, putting all of these through the Building
Regulations applications process would flood the system. The FENSA scheme
allows installation companies that meet certain criteria to self-certify
that their work complies with the Building Regulations. FENSA will:
- Inspect samples of work by the installer to ensure that standards
- Inform local authorities of completed installations by registered
- Issue certificates to householders confirming compliance.
Work done as a DIY project or by a non-registered installer will need
full local authority approval under the Building Regulations.
Advice to householders:
- As a householder, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring that
the work complies with the Regulations.
- Before signing a contract to buy replacement glazing, be sure to
ask the installer to confirm that he is able to self-certify.
- Retain the certificate issued to you by FENSA when the work is completed.
Without this you may encounter difficulty and expense when the time
comes to sell your property. The purchaserís solicitor will ask for
this documentation during the search procedure.
- Installers must meet certain entry criteria which include:
- A commitment to comply with the Building Regulations.
- Evidence of general competence Evidence of commitment to fair
- Willingness to offer insurance backed guarantees before installation.
It can be seen that this criteria are set out to ensure that the consumer
is treated fairly and that property repair in the UK meets an acceptable
standard. Thus if you are quoted by an installer is not registered with
FENSA it is probably best to look elsewhere.
For more details on FENSA visit www.fensa.org.uk.