For most people, windows and doors are a big part of everyday life. For over 50 years, the BBA has been using expert Test Services to make sure the products in your home are safe, suitably resistant and work properly.
To find out more about the whys and hows, click on the links below.
The British Board of Agrément is the UK’s leading construction products certification body, offering approval, certification and test services to manufacturers of products and systems. If someone creates and develops a new product and wants to market that product as best they can, it makes sense to have it checked to make sure it’s safe and fit for purpose.
Operating for over 50 years, the BBA has been making sure products selected by builders and architects for building construction meet national safety standards and are fit for purpose.
Promoting BBA assessment services to the industry ultimately safeguards the interests of the general public, in particular home owners and householders who need to know their windows and doors have been properly tested.
As well as fenestration, the BBA provides expert certification and assessments for a wide range of products, from building insulation systems, engineering products and road surfacing materials to paints, sealants, adhesives and many more.
You could say that for the majority of people windows and doors are arguably the most regularly encountered features of everyday life. Yet usually we hardly notice them. But if something goes wrong, we’re soon keen to put it right. The safety of fenestration products should never be taken for granted.
The comprehensive range of testing facilities at the BBA has been developed over many years to make sure all products are safe and work properly. Our highly experienced, technical experts make sure products are suitably resistant and meet the correct durability, safety and security requirements.
That means architects and specifiers can choose products like windows, doors, door frames, hinges and lock fitting etc in the knowledge that they have been properly assessed by the BBA to meet industry standards. So that ultimately, home owners and house dwellers end up with windows and doors that they only notice when it suits them.
It’s always interesting to find out about products and materials that builders and installers have been responsible for in your home. If you’re looking for a sign that people have selected BBA Approved items covered by a BBA certificate, start by looking out for labels with a BBA logo showing the certificate number.
Alternatively, take a look at our corporate website which shows the details of a BBA certificate and the various products covered by certification. You’ll also find the Certificate lists appropriate Building Regulations covered by legislation of the product, and will comment on how the product can suitably satisfy certain regulations.
Getting a better idea of the products used in the construction of your home is a good idea, as it fortifies you with the right kind of knowledge when making changes and improvements.
BBA Certifications and Assessments mean that products have been rigorously tested to meet safety standards and to establish that they work properly and are fit for purpose. If an item does not have BBA Approval, it’s possible that it has undergone minimal or no testing, which means it could fail and that can have a number of consequences.
With regard to windows and doors, security failures can lead to burglary or other forms of intrusion. Deterioration over time as a result of adverse weather conditions can lead to breakages, and more importantly condensation build up and mould, which not only affects heating bills but also can have serious health implications.
What can I do if I want to find out about a particular product or report a problem?
If you are concerned about any of the products in your home, the BBA corporate website can be a real help. There you’ll find a host of search facilities you can use and navigate, plus there are feedback forms available so you can stay in touch.