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LPS Loss Prevention Standards are issued by the Loss Prevention Certification Board, an independent third-party service provided by the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

LPS 1175 and security performance

LPS 1175 Issue 7 : 2010 security rating 1 sets out the testing procedures needed to meet enhanced security performance requirements of building components, strong points, security enclosures and freestanding barriers. These procedures are needed for a product to gain LPCB approval and to be listed in the LPS recommendations.

The security rating is based on several different classes, which range from domestic risks (class 1 and 2), commercial risks (class 2, 3 and 4), high security risks (class 5 and 6) and extremely high security risk (class 7 and 8).

The test includes installation and fixing methods in accordance with the manufacturer’s specification; this assumes that the substrate onto which the product is installed provides at least an equivalent level of resistance to attack as the product itself.

The intruder resistance of the product itself is tested in addition to any in-situ hardware such as locks and hinges, but individual components such as glass, infill materials or locks are not classified in their own right.

Approved Document Q – Security in Dwellings

Security rating 1, the lowest class rating, is required to be satisfactory for Building Regulations Part Q. This updated document addresses all standards required for doors and windows to resist physical attack by a casual or opportunist burglar.

Approved Document Q does not apply to work started before 1st October 2015, work subject to a building notice or for planning submitted before that date provided work commences before 1st October 2016.

To find out more about the range of standards that meet Approved Document Q guidelines, read our post ‘Part Q and security testing for glass rooflights’.

LPS 1175 and specifying glass rooflights

The standard covers many types of building components including specific reference to roof lights and skylights, making it suitable for rooflight specification.

Part Q and Secured by Design

Where a product manufacturer has successfully passed relevant Part Q security testing to an approved standard, their product can be marked with a ‘Secured by Design’ logo; Secured by Design is a scheme supported by the police in order to lower the current trends in crime.

Read more about Glazing Vision’s new Secured by Design rooflights.