Q is for Security

Q is for Security

News Item
01 Apr 2015

Following the publication of Approved Document Q, security will be incorporated into the building regulations for the first time.


Effective from 1st October 2015, Approved Document Q sets security requirements for new dwellings in England. The approved document sets out reasonable standards for doors and windows to resist physical attack by a casual or opportunist burglar by being both sufficiently robust and fitted with appropriate hardware.

To meet the requirements, reasonable provision must be made to resist unauthorised access to any dwelling and any part of a building from which access can be gained to a flat within a building.

Section B.11 of the approved document specifically covers glazing. It states the following:

"Any glazing which, if broken, would permit someone to insert their hand and release the locking device on the inside of the door should be minimum of class P1A in accordance with BS EN 356: 2000."

As it achieves EN 356 Class P2A (which is higher than P1A), 6.8mm Pilkington Optilam™ would satisfy this requirement.

To download Approved Document Q, please click here.