What is PAS 24?
Within Part Q of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations, it states that Secure Doorsets should be ‘manufactured to a design that has been shown by test to meet the security requirements of British Standards publication PAS 24:2016’ and these products receive either a pass or fail. This standard was introduced to create an acceptable level of crime-safe manufactured products.
PAS 24 is now used to test just about all types of door and this most recent version has been extended to include sliding doors. The test involves timed manual attacking methods, hard and soft body impact tests, and static load testing up to 4500NT in order to pass. The locks or locking mechanisms used in PAS 24:2016 doosets undergo an evaluation against the General Vulnerability Assessment contained in BS 3621 (the standard for thief resistant locks).
To be clear, PAS 24 is a test on the entire doorset; the door, frame and locks, not the individual component parts.
What does RC3 rated mean?
RC stands for Resistance Classification for manual attack. It is measured against sustained attack by professional invaders using a variety of tools such as drills and hammers. Resistance to manual attack is rated on the basis of the higher the numerical rating, the higher the level of protection on offer. RC3 equates to a total test time of 20 minutes, glazing resistance of P5A and an attack resistance to a range of hand tools over a time of 5 minutes.
Secured by Design
Secured by Design (SBD) is a police initiative to guide and encourage crime prevention measures through design, build and specification. The standards and related tests nominated by SBD must demonstrate the product effectiveness in preventing or reducing crime, usually by resistance to physical attack. Secured by Design developments (those using products and materials that meet Secured by Design Standards) are up to 75% less likely to be burgled and show a reduction of 25% in criminal damage.
ASSA ABLOY Protect Swing & Sliding Door Systems
With the increased requirement for secure entrances, ASSA ABLOY have launched the Protect family of risk-reducing, security enhanced automatic doors. These doors have been developed with designing out risk to your buildings.
The security enhanced ASSA ABLOY SW300 P swing door system is designed to withstand break-in or attack and conforms to the security requirements of PAS24 and is Secured by Design certified. With the added benefit of intelligent operators mounted above the doors, access control options can also be included. The perfect combination of strength and flexibility. Available in both single and double arrangements and ready for cable routing, the ASSA ABLOY SW300 P can easily be integrated into your building.
Two variants of the ASSA ABLOY SL500 P sliding door system are available. The first has certified RC2 level burglary resistant technology which helps the door to fight hard against potential perpetrators. This door contains 4 point locking, operated by a single EU two-way cylinder and is further protected from physical attack by our unique anti-pull reinforcement.
Some buildings, commercial retail properties or public sector spaces are exposed to higher security risks, requiring an entrance solution that is both beautiful and secure. The ASSA ABLOY SL500 P RC3 complies with this higher resistance classification, through enhanced locking and protection measures. Offering increased resistance time to more persistent attempts to break and enter.
A range of ASSA ABLOY Revolving Doors can also be specified with RC3 rated burglar protection.