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Windows replacement criteria

Existing windows will be replaced where they:

  • were installed before 2002
  • no longer provide the level of protection against forced entry or meet standards required by insurance policies
  • do not meet the Building Regulation requirement for emergency escape provision
  • do not have safety glazing fitted in the locations stipulated by the Building Regulations
  • have deteriorated to the extent that they are starting to fail or will be costly to maintain during the next 5 years
  • contravene planning legislation
  • In addition windows are expected to be replaced:
    • to facilitate the removal, where present, of decorative concrete surrounds as these are considered to be a future maintenance liability.
    • to provide safety to children by restricting the initial window opening distance (where retro-fitting cannot achieve acceptable results)