UL Telford testing facility launches PAS 24:2022 tests
Door and window manufacturers and fabricators can now test products to the latest iteration of PAS 24:2022 at testing facilities, like UL Solutions in Telford.
PAS 24:2022 specifies the test methods and criteria for enhanced security performance that is intended to resist the type of attack normally associated with casual or opportunistic burglars. Window and door products successfully tested to PAS 24 meet the requirements of Building Regulations Approved Document Q, ensuring that easily accessible doors and windows provide the necessary level of security for new building works.
The most notable change to PAS 24 in the 2022 update is the addition of a third, three-minute ‘security hardware and cylinder attack’ test for doors. The test assesses the ability of the doorset to protect the lock hardware from attacks in response to the changing methods witnessed in opportunistic burglaries.
UL Solutions is now offering its customers this additional updated testing service at its laboratory in Telford to help manufacturers demonstrate compliance with the latest regulations. If a manufacturer has a range of products, UL Solutions can support them with understanding the influence of variations between profiles, locking cylinders and security hardware and its relationship with existing security evidence to determine which products need additional PAS 24:2022 testing.
In addition to the extra security hardware and cylinder attack regulations, PAS 24:2022 has introduced a wide variety of subtle changes, such as introducing new equipment to manipulate any exposed fixings, changing equipment tolerances, modifying rest periods for manual attacks and decreasing the maximum period for the removal of mechanical loads.
Rhys Cadwallader, Engineer at UL Solutions, said: “Evidence that fenestration products meet the requirements of Document Q is required for doors and windows installed in any new building works. It is a great time to prove that new or existing products meet the performance requirements of latest PAS 24 test standard.
“PAS 24 also provides the security evidence required by the Secure by Design (SBD) certification scheme, which can be built upon later if customers wish to pursue 3rd party product certification for any of their products.
“SBD Certification provides assurances to building stakeholders that windows and doors provide high levels of security, environmental and durability performance and that quality control measures are present during manufacturing.”
In addition to PAS 24, door and window manufacturers can access additional security, weather and durability testing, as well as dual and multi-certification services at UL Solutions’ Telford laboratory.
For more information, visit UL Solutions.