Meeting the challenge of Part M

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

Although Building Regulations are notoriously difficult to read, I think there’s a fairly widespread understanding of Approved Doc M across this industry, and how it applies to the door sector in particular. Essentially, it is all about ensuring that there is an ‘accessible threshold’ installed on the principle entrance doorway and all other external doors, including those to and from a private garden, in a new build property or a building which is undergoing material conversion or alteration.

It’s an integral part of the Lifetime Homes standard, which has the very laudable aim of making all new homes accessible to the disabled and those with restricted mobility. Continue reading…


TS007 – Your Questions Answered

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

Since the advent of lock snapping and bumping and the introduction of TS007 to address the problem, I probably get more questions about cylinders than I do about any other individual item of hardware. Here’s my quick fire guide to help you out. What is TS007? This is a new standard specifically designed to combat the problem with cylinder snapping and lock manipulation in the UK. Endorsed by Secured by Design, the Door and Hardware Federation and the GGF, the latest version is TS007: 2014 + A1: 2015 and its official title is: ‘Enhanced security performance requirements for replacement cylinders and/or associated security hardware’. Continue reading…


Thinking outside the box on Approved Document Q

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

I would hope that the whole industry knows by now that Approved Document Q (in England and Wales) requires windows and doors fitted in new build developments to have been tested to show compliance with PAS24. As things stand, building control officers can ask the manufacturer to demonstrate compliance and they can use test data which has been cascaded from their systems or hardware supplier.
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Straight talking guide to standards – Part two

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

In my February TechTalk column, I updated my guide to the standards affecting the manufacture of door sets. This time around, I’m focusing on windows, and the changes which have come into play since I last covered this in Glass News back in 2014. Continue reading…


Straight talking guide to standards – Part one

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

It’s been more than 3 years since I wrote my first guide to standards for Glass News and, although the standards market isn’t renowned for how quickly it moves, there have been a few significant changes since then so I thought that now would be a good time to cover the ones that affect door manufacture.  I’ll cover windows in a future issue. Continue reading…


Don’t trust a star without a kite – Why TS007 star ratings are meaningless without a Kitemark

Techtalk | Straff Cooke, Technical Director, Mila

When you buy a security product which is proudly emblazoned with the TS007 logo, you know exactly what you’re buying right?  Well, not exactly.

The one, two or three stars attributed to products tested to TS007 indicate that a sample of that product has achieved that standard, not that the product you are buying would definitely do so.  That is because third party certification is not mandatory within TS007 so you have no real way of knowing whether the product you’re actually buying is exactly the same as the sample which passed the test. Continue reading…