The top 15 FAQs about CE marking

There has been an update to this blog which was first published in March 2017 and has been revised to reflect the changes as a result of the UK leaving the European Union and the end of the transition period during which nothing much changed. Please visit our new blog post for the most accurate… Read more

Flushglaze or Pitchglaze? How to specify the right glazing product

Adding glazing to a roof can provide a variety of benefits for a building and its occupants, such as increasing the amount of natural light and providing natural ventilation. However, if you want to make the most of these products, you need to make sure you specify the right one. Here at Glazing Vision, we… Read more

What is the minimum roof pitch for a rooflight or a roof window?

Rooflights and roof windows are both popular choices for bringing natural daylight into a property, and rooflights can also provide a variety of other benefits, such as natural ventilation and access to roof terraces. When selecting a rooflight or roof window, there are several specification considerations to think about – and one factor that could… Read more

What is the difference between a skylight, rooflight or roof window?

*This post has been updated as of 29.03.18 We all have a predilection to well lit, inviting spaces, so increasing the use of glazing products in the built environment is almost always an efficient way of improving an internal space. But what is the difference between these glazing products: is a skylight different to a… Read more

A guide to landings and headspace clearance for access rooflights

Part K of the Building Regulations defines what requirements must be met in order to prevent injuries due to falls, collisions and impacts. While Part K deals with safety around a variety of building components, if you’re specifying an access rooflight, it will be of particular interest because of its focus on stairs. Stairs can… Read more

What type of stairs should be specified for access rooflights?

Designing an access rooflight isn’t just about the glass structure overhead. There’s also the “access” part to think about — how will users approach the rooflight and what are the safety considerations? Unless a rooflight is intended for maintenance purposes, where personnel will only use it on an occasional basis, the access will need to… Read more

What are the glazing requirements for access rooflights?

When specifying a glass building element, safety is a major consideration. This is certainly true for access rooflights, since users will have direct contact with the glazing. For example, users will be opening and closing the doors of access rooflights. This means that they might lean on or impact the glass walls of box rooflights… Read more

Are guards or barriers required for access rooflights?

Since in many installations, an access rooflight creates a hole in a surface where people will be walking, safety is a crucial consideration. Approved Document K provides guidance for meeting the Building Regulations regarding protection from falling, collision and impact in and around a building. Section 3 specifically addresses protection from falling and describes situations… Read more

How will Brexit affect the future of construction businesses?

We’re in stormy, unchartered waters. The UK’s vote to exit the EU saw an immediate period of volatility in the financial markets as they look to offload their positions, which has seen the pound weaken against the dollar to a level not seen since 1985. All of us are looking to the political establishment for… Read more

Who is responsible for compliance with Building Regulations Approved Document Q?

In October 2015, changes to the Building Regulations meant that anyone wishing to install rooflights in ‘easily accessible areas’ on a building must make sure that the product complies with security requirements, as outlined in Approved Document Q: Security in Dwellings. In Part Q, doors and windows (including rooflights) installed in ‘easily accessible areas’ are… Read more