| As yet, fitting locks to the standard is not mandatory, so should the industry maintain the status quo while it can? Our view is that it should not, and for a number of reasons.|
One argument is that a level of security mandated in the domestic market for between 15 and 20 years should be applied in the commercial market. Why should customers settle for a less secure solution when there are products available that will meet the standard?
We also have to consider future scenarios. Secured by Design (SBD) already figures high in the consideration of many specifiers. As an organisation wholly owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and supported by the government, it draws up specifications for building design from the security aspect. Although it is written for the domestic rather than commercial building sector, it has already had an impact in the commercial sector and to a degree is currently causing confusion. In particular since it covers every aspect that could impact a buildings security, many architects and specifiers are using it as a guide to good practice and attempting to apply all of the principles, including those pertaining to door sets, regardless of the buildings purpose.
The Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) is currently working with SBD to develop a specification suitable for commercial products especially doorsets. The standards under consideration include PAS 24, BS 7950 and BS 3621 and will involve independent verification by an approved third party certification body.