BSI (British Standards Institute)

Here at Brackenwood, safe, sustainable and resilient window and door installation is our passion, and over the years, we have partnered with institutions that back our excellence and quality; just like The British Standards Institution (or BSI), which is known for developing excellence with over 84,000 clients in over 193 countries.

Since 1987, Brackenwood has been improving homes with quality window and door installations. Carrying the BSI Kitemark has added that extra peace of mind for customers who are safe in the knowledge that their new window and door installations by Brackenwood are done safely, efficiently and with due care and attention to detail. But who are the BSI, and why does their accreditation matter to you, the homeowner?

The History of the BSI

The British Standards Institution was first formed in 1901 under the name of The Engineering Standards Committee. It was formed by Sir John Wolfe-Barry - the man who designed London Bridge. Their very first meeting as a committee was held on the day that Queen Victoria died - 22 January, 1901. (BSI.) 

The Kitemark that we recognise today was originally set up in 1903. The organisation then became the British Standards Association in 1918 and in the 1920's-40's, standardization grew across the globe into places like Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. In 1942, it was then recognised by the British Government as the only organisation for issuing national standards.

Having received the Royal Charter in 1929, which was again revised in 1998, the company became known in the 1930's as The British Standards Institution, which today, flies under the banner of The British Standards Group - a global enterprise that has played an integral role in developing new standards that help organisations become certified, providing standardization internationally across a number of industries.

What does the BSI do for window and door installations? 

The BSI provides certification to some businesses, like ours under the British Standards Code of Practise (relevant to our type of business) BS 8213. With this type of certification, Brackenwood is backed by the standards authority to ensure that our window and door installations are exceptionally safe, weather-resistant and sustainable for the life of the installation.

As such, we adhere to this code of practise, which lays out stringent checks that we - the installer and surveyor must do on the property in relation to windows and external door sets when we undertake projects like;

  • Installing windows and doors into a new build dwelling or public building
  • Removing old installations
  • Installing new installations into existing dwellings or public buildings
  • Carrying out installations in extension builds
  • Installing into schools and other public places

The certified Kitemark signifies that our products and services have been assessed and tested by the BSI and that they are found to meet the requirement of the standard within the Kitemark scheme.

The BSI conducts this testing of products yearly, wherein successful products are certified with the CE mark. So, when your windows and doors are next installed by Brackenwood, you will be able to find that familiar CE on the installation which proves that the products you are having installed in your home are more than fit for purpose - they are certified.

Also, when you invite a BSI Kitemark qualified installation service like Brackenwood to install your windows and doors, you can expect that the person will comply with all regulations across a number of stringent checks laid out in the BSI code of conduct. Firstly, in terms of health and safety, your qualified operative will ensure that they will be sympathetic to you and your home, whilst laying out a safe environment. This means, that even if you are mobility impaired or if you have young children about your property, or even just for you, the homeowner, the operative will not create any hazards and they will provide the safest working environment possible that is sympathetic to you and your home.

They will also adhere to the Health and Safety Act of 1974 and practises laid out by the HSE - The Health and Safety Executive. Safety precautions will be taken at all times to ensure that you, your home and your family are kept safe whilst the installation process takes place.

The code of practise also only permits BSI certified products to be used within the installation process - such as sealants - to ensure that the installation is properly weather-resistant, energy efficient and safely installed.

They will also ensure that your installation will;

  • provide a weather-resistant solution
  • provide natural light and ventilation
  • provide safety in use
  • provide means of escape in emergencies like fire
  • provide security against unauthorised entry
  • provide safety when cleaning
  • provide easy maintenance

The code of practise provides guidance on all of the points above, with particular emphasis on weather tightness, structural support, the type of window installation you have chosen and how these should be fitted correctly (bow, oriel and dormer windows, and coupled or combination frame windows and doors), as well as the opening type and direction, door sets (including access and requirements laid out by you the customer), structural changes (where structural integrity must be ensured during the installation) and drainage (of frame or glazing if required).

How does the Kitemark benefit you - the homeowner?

When it comes to windows and doors, everyone knows that having a quality installation service like Brackenwood is backed by the Kitemark and the reputation of years of quality installation services. A reputation built from the ground up with accreditation in excellence from organisations like the BSI. The Kitemark is the seal of approval - all you need as the homeowner to be sure that your installation service provides a safe, quality, professional service guaranteed to comply with the latest code of practise as set out by the BSI.

The Kitemark is a symbol of trust - backed by a standards authority working on a global scale to ensure that the products that companies, like Brackenwood, install are certified. All our operatives here at Brackenwood are also bound to provide exceptional service in a safe, professional manner, ensuring the precise installation of your new windows and doors.

Did you know that over 18% heat is lost in homes without properly installed and certified windows and doors? When you are paying for your energy bills, you are paying out money that literally escapes straight out the window.

So, when Brackenwood come round to fit your new windows and doors, look for that Kitemark. You will be safe in the knowledge that your new installation is energy efficient, and it will lower your energy bills, increase your home's security, improve the appearance of your home, add value to you home, and it will reduce the amount of maintenance that you need to undertake. All of this is backed by The British Standards Institution - the BSI - the British standard for excellence working on a global scale protecting you - the homeowner.

Want to find out more about Brackenwood and what we do to ensure that your installation is compliant with BSI standards? Check out our website today for more information or call us on 0800 253 545.

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