09.06.2015 Blog

Understanding BM Trada Certification

When purchasing timber windows and doors it is important to ensure that products are backed by credible independent certifications. All Bereco products are certified by BM TRADA, a widely recognised leading provider of third party certifications. We have membership to several Q Mark schemes that monitor various areas of window performance.

Bereco Sliding Sash Windows

Bereco are members of the following Q Mark Schemes:

  • Q-Mark High Performance Timber Window Scheme
  • Q-Mark General Performance Window Scheme to BS644 Timber
  • Q-Mark Enhanced Security Window Scheme to PAS 24:2012 and BS644 Timber
  • Q-Mark Enhanced Security Door Scheme to PAS 24:2012
  • Q-Mark Paint Application Scheme
  • FSC Chain of Custody Certification

Our factories are monitored by twice yearly audits to ensure that all products meet the requirements of each scheme and are in accordance with their original specifications – we continue to meet these standards year after year.

Q-Mark High Performance Timber Window Scheme

The Q-Mark High Performance Timber Window Scheme has been introduced to enable window manufacturers to demonstrate that windows perform at a much higher level than those covered only by the General Performance Scheme.

Bereco are one of only 3 window suppliers in the country with membership to voluntary scheme highlighting our commitment and dedication to supplying the very best, high performance joinery products on the market.

As a member of the High Performance Timber Window Scheme we are able to offer extensive, credible warranties attached to all our products that extend beyond the lifetime expectancy of a timber window and door.

Q-Mark General Performance Window Scheme to BS644 Timber

The Q Mark General Performance Window Scheme ensures that windows meet the basic performance requirements as set out by the British Standards for timber, which is now BS644. Areas covered by the General Performance Window Scheme are often seen as a starting point for manufacturers to be able to achieve the standards required by the Enhanced Security and High Performance Schemes.

The following areas are tested by the General Performance Window Scheme:

  • Timber Windows BS644
  • Window Hardware

Window performance is tested to:

  • BS6575-1: Classification for weather tightnes
  • BS6375 -2: Classification for operation and strength characteristics

Q-Mark Enhanced Security Window Scheme to PAS 24:2012 and BS644 Timber

The Q Mark Enhanced Security Window Scheme ensures that our products are in accordance with the standards required to meet Secure by Design. This is a police initiative introduced for the reduction of crime in housing developments through incorporating security features at design stage.

For ground floor windows in SBD developments independent 3rd party certification is a necessary requirement. The scheme aims to increase the ongoing standard of window security in homes across the UK.

Q-Mark Enhanced Security Door Scheme to PAS 24:2012

In addition to the Q-Mark Enhanced Security Window Scheme, Bereco are also a member of the Q-Mark Enhanced Security Door Scheme. This follows the same principles as the Enhanced Security Window Scheme meaning all Bereco doors are in accordance with Secure by Design Conditions.

Q-Mark Paint Application Scheme

It is critical for the longevity of any timber product that the correct coating systems are used. The Q-Mark Paint Application scheme not only ensures the best possible coating system is used but also ensures the paint is applied using the correct tools, personnel are trained to the highest standards and the paint is applied in the correct environment.

Bereco are one of only 3 manufacturers in the UK with membership to the scheme meaning we offer the finest possible finish on products throughout our product ranges.

FSC Chain of Custody Certification

Bereco products are manufactured using only 100% FSC timber sourced from well-managed, sustainable forests. This reflects our continued commitment to the use of environmentally friendly practices. The chain of custody certification ensures transparency throughout the manufacturing process and all timber used across our product range can be fully traced back to the original source.

When purchasing Bereco Timber window and doors you can be sure of environmentally friendly, high quality products that incorporate enhanced performance & security features with the finest possible finish.

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