The government has launched a new self-certification scheme aimed at cutting red tape in window contracting.
From 1 April, people wishing to replace their windows will need to get Building Control approval either from their local authority or through the Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme.

The DTLR believes that this will provide a cost-effective alternative to seeking local authority building approval and will help householders to identify reputable glazing firms.

The scheme applies to windows and their frames, not individual panes of glass. It requires replacement glazing companies to certify to local authorities that their work meets the new Building Regulations on energy efficiency.

Building Regulations minister Alan Whitehead also introduced schemes providing guidelines for the installation of solid fuel heating appliances, oil fired heating appliances, and for the installation of water-using appliances and internal drainage systems.