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Approved Document L 2010 and doors

From 1 October 2010 the new version of the Approved Document L comes into effect. This applies to both new construction and replacement installations.

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Approved Document L

Ben Penson, Chair of the Association of Composite Door Manufacturers, on the details of the new Approved Document L

Now that Approved Document L has been published and its requirements and standards are stated in black and white, it is time to take a closer look at how it will impact the door market.  Previous revisions to the document, specifically with regard to existing dwellings, have by and large bypassed entrance doors and focused specifically on windows. This is set to change.

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Statement concerning the need to forcibly gain authorised entry to a property through the door

The Association of Composite Door Manufacturers  recognises that situations may arise when it becomes necessary to force access into a property through the entrance door.

Such circumstances will include emergencies such as gas leaks, flood and fire or other risk to life such as critical illness, and also suspicion of illegal activity.  In these situations, the emergency services are both trained and appropriately equipped to gain entry.

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