Window ‘self-certification’ in England and Wales
The law insists that all new windows and many glazed doors installed in homes in England and Wales must be registered with the local authority to ensure they comply with Building Regulations – mainly for energy efficiency but also for important safety considerations.
Your chosen installation company should do this for you via one of the five authorised ‘self-certification’ bodies. They are: Fensa, Certass, BSI, BM Trada and Network VEKA’s own scheme, Assure.
Network VEKA members may register with Assure but some may choose to work through one of the other bodies. Each scheme is legally valid but any ‘Assure’ installations carried out by a Network VEKA member company you are also sure of being protected by all of Network VEKA’s other standards and guarantees.
Keep the certificate
If and when you come to sell your property, and your windows were replaced since April 2002, the buyer’s solicitor may ask to see a certificate proving that the work has approval under Building Regulations. Any one of the five self-certification bodies will issue a certificate with the work. You are advised to keep this among your other important home documents to produce if required.