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The Building Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 1997

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Amendment of the Building Regulations 1991

4.  For Part N (Glazing—Materials and Protection) there shall be substituted the following Part—


Protection against impact

N1.  Glazing, with which people are likely to come into contact whilst moving in or about the building shall—

(a)if broken on impact, break in a way which is unlikely to cause injury, or

(b)resist impact without breaking; or

(c)be shielded or protected from impact.

Manifestation of glazing

N2.  Transparent glazing, with which people are likely to come into contact while moving in or about the building, shall incorporate features which make it apparent.

Requirement N2 does not apply to dwellings.
Safe opening and closing of windows etc.

N3.  Windows, skylights and ventilators which can be opened by people in or about the building shall be so constructed or equipped that they may be opened, closed or adjusted safely.

Requirement N3 does not apply to dwellings.
Safe access for cleaning windows etc.

N4.  Provision shall be made for any windows, skylights, or any transparent or translucent walls, ceilings or roofs to be safely accessible for cleaning.

Requirement N4 does not apply to—


dwellings, or


any transparent or translucent elements whose surfaces are not intended to be cleaned.

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