What is Approved Document Q?
Approved Document Q (AD Q) is a new Building Regulation designed to prevent unauthorised access to dwellings (including flats). AD Q came into effect on 1 October 2015 and applies to new dwellings built in England.
Windows and doorsets fitted to new dwellings will now have to have proven security performance as a result of AD Q.
When Does AD Q apply?
Like other Building Regulations, AD Q will be phased in.The regulation applies to all new building starts, unless:
the work started before 1st October 2015; or
A building notice was submitted before 1st October 2015 and the actual work is started prior to 1st October 2016; or
Full plans were submitted and the actual work is started prior to 1st October 2016
This means that:
All new dwellings where either the plans or a building notice haven’t been submitted before 1st October 2015 will need to comply with the regulation
All new dwellings where the work starts after 1st October 2016 will need to comply, regardless of when the plans / building notice was submitted.