Windows and doors testing
Windows and Door Testing Services
BSI provides a complete testing and certification service for doors and windows. We offer the prestigious and widely specified Kitemark for a full range of materials, including aluminium, steel, timber and PVC-U. We also provide a range of services in support of CE marking.
Our modern test facilities enable assessment of these products to both British and European test methods. These services are UKAS accredited and include a modern, computer operated weather tightness test facility. We are also leaders in the assessment of security and offer the Kitemark against PAS 024.
Our test engineers are able to work with clients through a series of research and development programmes as well as conducting full product assessments.
Our full testing, EN14351 – Windows and Doors, and assessment service offers Kitemark certification for the following products:
- PVC-U doors, windows and profiles
- Timber doors and windows
- Aluminium doors and windows
- Steel and composite doors and windows
We offer testing of the following characteristics
- Weather tightness
- Impact strength
BSI have been providing Kitemark certification, CE marking and product testing for more than 25 years. As such, it has earned an unrivalled reputation for providing the very best services and certification.
Some of the major specifying organisations, such as London Housing Consortium (LHC), National House Building Council (NHBC), and National Building Specification (NBS), express strong preferences of Kitemark. In many instances, these organisations insist on Kitemark products or services.
Among the benefits of Kitemark certification are revenue growth, wide market access and opportunities, reputation enhancement, competitive edge, and customer satisfaction, with evidence from a UKAS accredited product certification, testing, & assessment body.
Our modern test facilities enable assessment of these products to both British and European standards and test methods.
Window and door tests include:
- Weather tightness
- Impact Strength
- Temperature cycling heat retention and radiation
- Noise penetration
- Operation and strength performance testing
- Enhanced security
- Thief resistant locks
- Lock cylinders
Enhances security windows & doors:
The Secured by Design (SBD) scheme was introduced in 1989 by the Association of Chief Police Officers to help them stem the rising tide of burglaries. The SBD document requires that all windows and door assemblies are covered by Kitemark or equivalent certification to BS 7950 for domestic windows and PAS 24 for residential doors.
Windows are tested by replicating the forces that would be applied by an adult male intruder using implements such as a screwdriver and crowbar. All hardware and potential access points on the window are tested in an attempt to create a hole through which an average adult male could enter. The test for enhanced security is purely against intruder attack, rather than a test of an individual hardware component.
- Manipulation of hardware
- Assessment of glazing security
- Mechanical loading test
- Manual check test
List of standards for windows and doors
Enhanced security performance requirements for doorsets and windows in the UK
BS 644: 2009
Aluminium alloy windows and doorsets
Steel-framed windows and glased doors
Windows and doorsets made from unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (PVC-U) extruded hollow profiles
Composite doorsets - Domestic external doorsets - Specification
Locks and latches for doors in buildings - CE marking
Thief resistant lock assembly. Key egress
BS 8621: 2007+A2:2012
Thief resistant lock assembly. Keyless egress
BS 10621: 2007+A2:2012
Thief resistant dual-mode lock assembly
Enhanced security lock cylinders
Draught strips for the draught control of existing doors and windows in housing
BS EN 12608:2003
PVC-U profiles for the fabrication of windows and doors
Internal and external door sets, door leaves, and frames
BS EN 1935: 2002
Building hardware, single-axis hinges
BS EN 1154:1997
Controlled door closing devices
BS EN 179:1998
Emergency exit devices
PAS 3621:2011/PAS 8621:2011/PAS 10621
Multipoint locking assemblies Keyed/Keyless/Dual mode egress