Certass, licensed in 2006, is a not for profit government approved Competent Person Scheme.
Competent Person Schemes were set up by the government to provide an alternative to submitting a building notice or using an approved Local Authority inspector for certain home improvements and building works. Since 1st April 2002, all replacement window and door installations must be certificated and there are two ways of achieving this.
All Certass registered contractors are vetted to ensure they are qualified to carry out the replacement of windows and doors in accordance with the current building regulations and, once an installation is complete, Certass provides you with the Building Regulation Compliance Certificate for the work carried out.
Alternatively, notification and approval of the completed work can be sought from your Local Authority's Building Control department directly. This can cost in excess of £250.
The Building Regulation Compliance Certificate is your proof of compliance with building regulations and will be required by your solicitor should you wish to sell your property. If you've lost your certificate, either you or your solicitor can contact Certass directly and a replacement will be issued, there is a small charge of £10 including VAT for replacement certificates.
By using a Certass registered contractor you'll get:
The Building Regulations 2010 (as amended) are a set of mandatory functional requirements established in law to protect the health, safety, welfare and convenience of building users and people who might be affected by buildings or matters connected with buildings. They also define the thermal performance of buildings and building works.
The Building Regulations are not concerned with aesthetics (what the installations looks like) or the quality of the installation so long as it does not adversely affect the thermal performance or the health, safety, welfare and convenience of building users and the general public.
Therefore poor finishing of an installation such as untidy sealant, large trims or uneven finishes although not satisfactory to a householder may well not breach the building regulations. Such issues are likely to be contractual issues that should be taken up with the installer at the time of the installation.
The 'find a contractor' service is provided for the benefit of the homeowner only. This service may not be used for the benefit of commercial organisations, particularly with respect to the facilitation of targeted marketing. Certass shall investigate any allegations of abuse of this system seriously, and if necessary - will take appropriate action in order to protect our members.