FENSA – Setting the standard
The Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme, or FENSA, was founded by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and is recognised by the government.
As the industry standard for all replacement doors and windows since 1st April 2002, these products are expected to comply with the requirements. This includes adequate thermal performance and insulation measures. Double glazing and secondary glazing installations require professional and accredited services. As a trusted brand, FENSA is leading the way for businesses towards a brighter (and more efficient) future.
In order to ensure that your company is FENSA registered, you need to check that the service you provide meets the following regulations:
- Excellent knowledge of building systems and regulations
- Fully competent surveyors and installers
- Insurance backed guarantee for customers
- Product compliance with the latest requirements
FENSA registered companies show that meeting UK regulations is a big priority. Customers can rest assured that they are receiving an excellent service from such businesses.
FENSA Protection for Homeowners
Choosing a FENSA registered company will allow you confidence in the standard of work you will receive.
Many homeowners suffer from cowboy builders who have not even passed the required assessments, which results in cheap fixes that end up causing more harm than good! Those beautiful bespoke conservatories that you looked at remain a wishful thought…
With FENSA, companies can self-certify their cooperation in working under building regulations, saving you the effort of personal registration with the local authorities. If you use a non-registered company, then it is your responsibility to gain approval from your local authority before going ahead.
Please note that FENSA is exempt from conservatories, porches, orangeries, or new build properties. Undergoing the steps outlined above is not required in these cases.
FENSA registered companies receive random checks following installations. From UPVC conservatories to aluminium windows, all work carried out must be added to the FENSA database, which then allows local authorities to pinpoint any work that hasn’t been approved by the scheme. One installation is complete, the homeowner will receive a certificate as proof that the process has been self-certified to comply with current building regulations.
It is important to keep this certificate safe, so that any replacements or adjustments can be smooth and stress-free. You will also have a hard time if you choose to sell your home without it, so keep it safe! With over 9 million FENSA approved certificated issued so far, the importance of fully regulated building work remains a priority for the vast majority.
It isn’t worth the risk, so make sure you only invest in FENSA registered companies like Affix. You could save valuable time and money, and such companies can provide their customers with a sense of protection and assurance in the standard of work provided.