On the April 1st 2007 the Building Regulations 2006 Part B: Fire Safety came into effect to replace the 2000 edition.
The guidance has been applicable to all initial notices submitted to the appropriate Local Authority since 1st April 2007. Some of the main points governing means of escape laid out by the Approved Document Part B are detailed below.

There is a requirement to provide emergency egress windows to habitable rooms on the ground and first floor levels of up to two storey dwellings unless a protected route is provided from those rooms to the final exit. All habitable rooms on the ground floor should either open directly into an entrance hall or other suitable exit or be provided with an escape window. Three storey properties do not require emergency egress windows from the ground and first floor habitable rooms, as they have to be provided with a protected route in any case.

This has had a great impact on which type of window frames can be used for escape purposes and where they can be used. Windows which will meet fire regulations are those with an unobstructed clear opening area which is at least 0.33m2, with a minimum clear opening dimension of 450mm in either height or width. The lowest part of the opening must be between 800mm and 1100mm from the floor.

NOTE: Howarth recommends non-locking handles on all Fire Escape windows.

NOTE: When enquiries are received for quoting, Howarth will prepare quotations to the new regulations wherever possible, unless stated otherwise.


As a result of the improved stability of laminated timber construction we are able to provide guarantees for ten years on our paint finish and six years on our stain finish.

NOTE: All guarantees are subject to limitations and are strictly dependent upon compliance with manufacturers' usage and maintenance instructions. These are available upon request.


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