About guidelines, regulations and laws in general

In collaboration with the Qualitätsverband Kunststofferzeugnisse e.V., we offer explanations of the pertinent guidelines, regulations and laws with our own comments to make it easier for you to understand and implement them. Should you have any explicit questions on the subject of standardisation, please contact us directly.

Given that there are several hundred standardising documents relating to window elements, their components and how to install them, there is no point in listing them all.

In our eyes the two most important harmonised Europe-wide documents – European standards are:

  • EN 14351-1
    Windows and doors - Product standard, performance characteristics - Part 1: Windows and external pedestrian doorsets without resistance to fire and/or smoke leakage characteristics

    This product standard regulates the classification and testing of performance characteristics and particular requirements for windows and doors. Appendix ZA sets out the conditions for the CE marking that is required under the Construction Products Regulation.
  • EN 12608
    Unplasticized polyvinylchloride (PVC-U) profiles for the fabrication of windows and doors - Classification, requirements and test methods

Also worthy of particular attention are the following standards for and to do with the testing and classification of product and material properties that are referenced in these two European standards:

Within EN 12608 referenced material performance:

Flexural properties
    DIN EN ISO 178

Charpy impact properties
    DIN EN ISO 179

Vicat softening temperature
    DIN EN ISO 306

Tensile-impact strength
    DIN EN ISO 8256

Resistance to impact
    DIN EN 477

Appearance after exposure at 150 °C
    DIN EN 478

Heat reversion
    DIN  EN 479

Resistance to artificial weathering
    DIN EN 513

Strength of welded corner
    DIN EN 514

Tests for colour fastness
    DIN EN ISO 105

 Preparation of test specimens
    DIN EN ISO 1163-2

Referenced product properties in EN 14351-1:

Resistance to wind load
    DIN EN 12210; DIN EN 12211; DIN EN 1991- 1-4

Resistance against snow and permanent load
    DIN EN 1991-1 1 und 3; DIN EN 1990/NA

Roof windows: Fire performance
    DIN EN 13501-1

Roof windows: External fire performance
    DIN EN 13501-5; DIN V ENV 1187

Watertightness
    DIN EN 12208; DIN EN 1027

Impact resistance
    DIN EN 13049; DIN EN 12600

Safety devices: Load-bearing capacity
    DIN EN 948; DIN EN 14609

Height and width
    DIN EN 12519

Emergency exit and panic devices: Ability to release
    DIN EN 179; DIN EN 1125; DIN EN 13633; DIN EN 13637

Acoustic performance
    DIN EN ISO 717-1; DIN EN ISO 140-3; DIN EN 12354-3

Thermal transmittance
    DIN EN ISO 10077; DIN EN ISO 12567

Radiation properties
    DIN EN 410; DIN EN 13363

Air permeability
    DIN EN 12207; DIN EN 1026

Manually operated windows: Operating forces
    DIN EN 13115; DIN EN 12046-1; DIN EN 12217; DIN EN 12046-2

Mechanical strength
    DIN EN 13115; DIN EN 14609; DIN EN 14608; DIN EN 1192; DIN EN 947; DIN EN 948; DIN EN 949; DIN EN 950

Integrated air transfer devices: Ventilation
    DIN EN 13141-1

Bullet resistance
    DIN EN 1522; DIN EN 1523

Explosion resistance
    DIN EN 13123; DIN EN 13124

Resistance to repeated opening and closing
    DIN EN 12400; DIN EN 1191

Behaviour between different climates
    DIN EN 12219; DIN EN 1121; DIN EN 13420

Burglar resistance
    DIN EN 1627; DIN EN 1628; DIN EN 1629; DIN EN 1630

Dangerous substances
Durability of the product and certain characeteristics
Special requirements: Unframed glass doorsets, power operated external pedestrian doorsets, power operated windows

National German guidelines:

TBDK guidelines of the Gütegemeinschaft Schlösser und Beschläge e.V.:
Attachment of supporting fitting components for turn-only and tilt&turn fittings with definitions for turn-only and tilt&turn fittings and their possible installation positions

Guideline FE-13/1 of the ift:
Suitability of plastic window profiles.
The guidelines focus on the fitness for use of the element. They formulate requirements that go beyond the regulations of the product or profile standard.

European regulations have equal and direct validity in all member states. They replace national legislation on the same subjects.

Regulation(EU) No 305/2011 Construction Products Regulation
The CPR enters into force in July 2013 and replaces the previous Directive 89/106/EEC as the basis for the CE marking. The duty of CE marking with an initial type test and in-house manufacturing control and compliance with harmonised standards remains unchanged. In the declaration of performance, which is the fundamental requirement for the awarding of the CE mark, the manufacturer describes both the intended purpose and the characteristics of its product. The manufacturer assumes responsibility for ensuring that the product characteristics conform to the declared performance.

Regulation (EG) 1907/2006 REACH
Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
This regulation describes, among other things, the details that the safety data sheet (SDS) is to contain.