Building regs. and safety

It is essential that our work meets modern building regulation and safety requirements, and that our customers have confidence in this.

To help you understand these issues, here are two basic areas of concern with British Standards and Building regulations:

1. Safety

Traditional stained glass lead lights are often glazed in vulnerable/critical areas – doors, sidelights, and at low levels. B.S 6206 through to the Building Regulations 2000 (approved document N1) are very clear in deeming traditional stained glass lead lights as safe (within the definitions of these regulations) and suitable for use in these areas provided the small panes within the lead do not exceed specific sizes, which ours don’t.

We are finding that some architects, surveyors, and builders are incorrectly advising that only toughened, laminated, or double glazing can be used in doors, sidelights, and at low levels (i.e. critical locations). The Building Regulations 2000 document, N1, clause 1.2 clearly states: “Glazing in critical locations should either, a). break safely b). be robust or in small panes.”It also clearly states in clause 1.5: “In the context of this approved document a `small pane` may be an isolated pane, or one of a number of panes contained within glazing bars, traditional leaded lights or copper lights.”