Securing Standards In a maturing market, legislation forms the backbone of the building industry, and rightly so. At Yale Door and Window Solutions, we believe meeting standards is about more than compliance; it’s leading the way, choosing assurance over nominal cost-savings, and most importantly, providing safe and quality housing. On 1st October 2018, an updated version of the PAS 24 standard, which covers enhanced security doorsets, came into effect. PAS 24:2016 is now mandatory for all developments and refurbishment projects that wish to meet Secured by Design (SBD), and this includes the requirement for TS008 letterplates to be installed on all doorsets. What’s more, a recent advice note from The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) stated that any one supplying or installing new products into existing properties should meet the requirements of Part B, E, L, M and Q of the Building Regulations. TS008:2015 certified letterplates are specifically referenced within the Building Regulation’s Approved Document Q as being shown to protect against various attack methods, including letterplate ‘fishing’. As a result of this new mandatory legislation, we’ve developed our new Yale Postmaster Professional letterplate, which is the most rigorously tested TS008 product on the market to help social housing landlords ensure their doorsets are compliant. Vivienne Taylor, Specification Manager for Yale Door and Window Solutions, explains: “With new and advanced burglary methods, social housing landlords have a duty of care to residents to ensure security is a top priority at the specification stage. “Our new Yale Postmaster Professional letterplate combines superior security, a modern design and a competitive price, making it an unrivalled product within the current letterplate market. “It has an external austenitic 304 stainless steel letter flap that comes with a 25 year surface finish guarantee. The letterplate also features a flap that opens 180 degrees to help eliminate excess leverage on pivot points and a complete peripheral seal on the external flap to help form a thermal and acoustic barrier. “The Yale Postmaster Professional is also available in a range of finishes including polished, brushed, satin silver, gold, black and white, and its elegant and slim design makes it suitable even for narrow hallways. It also has no sharp corners, reducing the risk of injury to children and pets when held open by packages and newspapers.” We understand that keeping up to date on the latest regulations and legislation can be challenging in today’s busy climate. That’s why our Yale Specification Team are on hand to offer information and advice on industry standards, including PAS 24:2016, Secured by Design, Approved Document Q and TS008:2015. It’s also important to remember that higher standards do not always mean higher costs; ensuring developments meet legislation requirements at the specification stage ultimately saves costs in the long-term. For more information email email@example.com, call 01902 366800 or visit www.yaledoorandwindowsolutions.co.uk.