Product Assessment Specification (PAS 24), published by the BSI (British Standards Institute), is a standard used to assess the security performance of external windows and doorsets against the effects of an opportunistic burglar. It involves a set of tests which simulate attacks most often associated with opportunistic burglary.
PAS 24 is a ‘minimum standard’ and doesn’t have ‘grades’ or ‘performance’ scores, so windows and doors that are tested to PAS 24 standard either pass or fail.
PAS 24 applies to any windows and doors with the following methods of opening:
PAS 24 applies to any windows (singular and multi-light) with the following methods of opening:
- Top hung, side hung, bottom hung, butt hinged
- Top and side hung projected
- Top hung and side hung fully reversible
- Tilt and turn and turn and tilto Vertical and horizontal sliding
- Fixed and fixed casements (dummy vents)
- Parallel opening
- Double opening (French windows)
- Vertical and horizontal pivot
PAS 24 applies to any doorsets (singular and multi-light) with the following methods of opening:
- Single and double leaf
- Single and double swing
- Sliding (single and multi-track)
- Folding sliding (single and multi-track)
- With or without integral side panels and fanlights
Approved Document Q specifies PAS 24 as the required test standard for new dwellings. It is intended to make sure that any windows and doors that could provide access into your property should conform to a certain level of security against casual intruders.
A new revised version of PAS 24 (PAS 24:2016) was launched in March 2016, so PAS 24:2012 was withdrawn by the BSI (British Standard Institute).
Glazing in windows and doors
- Where doorsets, coupled side panels and windows adjacent to doorsets contain glass, each glazed area shall include at least one pane of laminated glass meeting the requirements of BS EN 356:2000, Class P1A or higher and be glazed in accordance with BS 6262.
- Where windows contain glass and non-key unlocking hardware, each glazed area shall include at least one pane of laminated glass meeting the requirements of BS EN 356:2000, Class P1A or higher, and be glazed in accordance with BS 6262.
- BS EN 356:2000 Class P1A requires 6.8mm laminate glass for compliance, NOT 6.4mm.
Secured By Design (SBD) and PAS 24
- Doorset: The term “doorset” refers to a door, frame, locks, fittings and glazing as one combined unit.