With Government encouragement, the Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme (FENSA) was set up by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and other industry bodies in response to Building Regulations for double glazing companies in the UK.
Any homeowner replacing windows, doors and roof lights in dwellings across England and Wales must comply with all of the current thermal performance and Building Regulation standards. A homeowner also has the responsibility of ensuring that they receive a certificate from a Competent Person Scheme such as FENSA or from a Local Authority Building Control to ensure that the work has been carried out in accordance with up to date regulations.
Why Choose A FENSA Registered Double Glazing Company?
As one of the leading bodies in the double glazing industry, FENSA monitors as well as vets its double glazing member companies across the country. They ensure that all of their members adhere to current Building Regulations, with regular assessments by an ‘independent inspection body’ to certify their continued high standards of window and door installation.
Great Peace of Mind
Because FENSA regularly assess their members, you can enjoy complete peace of mind knowing that any work carried out on your property is fully compliant with current Building Regulations.
FENSA protects consumers from the double glazing ‘cowboys.’ They withhold their scheme from any installer unable to pass their independent assessments and will report any company falsely claiming FENSA registration. You can therefore be completely confident in their network of trusted companies.
Types of Checks
All companies / installers are thoroughly vetted and checked before joining the scheme.
The following details standard checks which are carried out as part of the process before registering any installer:
- Pre-approval inspection
- Part of the pre-approval checks include checking the company’s technical surveyor and installer competencies
- Financial checks
- Employer’s Liability for at least £10 million
- Public Liability for at least £2 million
- Consumer Contract Documents with clear terms and conditions
- Any guarantees and warranties must be clearly written and expressed prior to contract and subsequent installation
Save Time and Costs
When you choose a FENSA accredited installer you will receive a FENSA certificate upon completion of your double glazing installation. This serves as proof of Building Regulations compliance and means that your property will be certified as adhering to all of the current UK building standards.
FENSA enables their members to self-certify compliance under Building Regulations without the need for a separate assessment from your local authorities Building Control. This means that you do not have to register your window and door installation with the local authority yourself, thereby making the process much easier. Your FENSA installer will take care of the paperwork for you. This approach is quicker, simpler and may even save you hundreds of pounds.
Do you own properties in different local authorities? Not a problem. You can use the same FENSA installer for consistency of quality and price. All FENSA installers are able to work in any Local Authority jurisdiction which makes the process of installations much better once you have found an installer that you trust.
Insurance Backed Guarantees
All installations that fall under FENSA’s remit must come with an insurance backed guarantee. This is extremely important for homeowners to know since any FENSA registered company must give consumers a guarantee or warranty covering the cost of any rectification work. This is in respect of defects for a period of up to 10 years from the initial date of installation.
Any FENSA registered double glazing company that takes a deposit in advance of installations, must also give some form of deposit indemnity. Deposits given must be guaranteed by either a trade association Deposit Indemnity scheme or by credit card protection.
FENSA even provides an ‘approved’ list of already vetted insurers that FENSA Registered Businesses must use.
Did You Know?
In an independent report commissioned by the Government found FENSA to be the most successful of all competent person schemes in the UK. Across all industries, FENSA is the brand trusted by consumers, Local Authorities, Industry and Government alike.
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If you are considering replacing your windows or doors then it is very important that you choose an accredited double glazing company. At Double Glazing on The Web, we ensure that each of our trusted suppliers are registered with industry regulatory bodies.
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Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
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