The British Woodworking Federation
The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is the trade association for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry in the UK. With over 700 members, the BWF has a key role in maintaining standards in the industry and representing its members’ interest to the government and other regulatory authorities. Central to the BWF is its Code of Conduct, against which all members are audited; this is the basis of its success in recruiting and retaining quality members. The focus of the BWF is in promoting the inherent advantages of wood.
PAS 24 – Secured by Design
PAS24, part of the Secured by Design initiative promoted by the police force, sets out new regulations that apply to all external windows and doorsets – whether for new buildings or as replacements in existing buildings. These regulations cover not only locking systems but also the strength of the doors and windows to impede any attempt for someone to break into the building. This includes ensuring that the timber itself is sufficiently strong; that all joints can resist force and that all frames and doors are appropriately strengthened and that the glass is difficult to break or remove. To meet these requirements, the design and constriction must be tested and approved by a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited test house.
Building Regulations – Part Q
Part Q of the Building Regulations that creates a new standard for the security of new dwellings. Approved Document Q is designed to ensure the prevention of unauthorised access to dwellings, including flats. Any external doors and windows that could be easily accessed in an attempted security breach must be capable of resisting physical attack by a ‘casual or opportunist’ individual. Windows and doors that can be classed as easily accessible include windows or doorways at basement and ground floor level; on or above access balconies or above flat or sloping roofs. All Part Q-approved windows and doors must be sufficiently robust, fitted with appropriate hardware to thwart a physical attack and be able to prove its security performance under examination. Part of every type of window and door system must be tested for Part Q Building Regulations.
BWF Code of Conduct
DJ Newman Joinery has achieved the British Woodworking Federation’s Code of Conduct Standard, the result of a detailed physical audit by the BWF including an 8-point assessment covering key areas such as technical expertise and training, clarity of contractual dealings, compliance with employment, health and safety and education legislation, Achieving it is a clear sign to customers that a business is committed to best practice in every area of its operations, including, of course, customer care.