Anti-burglary windows and doors: the reference standards

By definition, security doors and windows are characterized by their anti-burglary qualities: structural, functional and aesthetic elements designed to significantly reduce the possibility of unwanted intrusion into private spaces. Consequently, it is not surprising to discover that specific rules always regulate their performances.

The most recent updates regarding the reference standards for burglar-resistant doors and windows concern the revision by UNI of EN 1627, EN 1628, En 1629 and EN 1630, which represent the international – and more specifically European – reference standards for the anti-burglary functionality of windows, doors and French windows, but also of railings, blinds and even curtain walls. Four regulations are available today that have been revised compared to the past, to which we can also add the relatively new UNI 11781:2020.

The latter defines the product performance classification requirements while providing the necessary indications to correctly carry out the static/dynamic load and manual attack tests and associating them with the corresponding anti-burglary classes. This regulation is helpful in choosing the most suitable products thanks to its comparative approach. You can find more information regarding UNI 11781:2020 here.

Let’s now look at the specifications of the other standards listed.

UNI EN 1627:2021: for the burglary resistance requirements of windows and doors

The UNI EN 1627:2021 regulation refers to pedestrian doors, windows, curtain walls, blackout blinds and railings and defines the requirements and classification of their resistance to burglary.

It applies to different types of doors: rotating, overhead, folding, suspended up or down, roto-translating, horizontally or vertically sliding, fixed and rolling. While it specifies the requirements and classification systems for the break-in resistance properties of these elements, the regulation does not apply to break-in and interference attempts against electronic or electromagnetic security devices.

UNI EN 1628:2021: to determine the resistance under static load of windows and doors

The UNI EN 1628:2021 standard is titled “Pedestrian doors, windows, curtain walls, grates and blackout closures – Burglar resistance – Test method for determining resistance under static load“.

As you might have guessed, the regulation aims to specify the test method that determines the resistance of these elements under a static load. The static load test consists of pushing the window with a hydraulic jack and stressing all the locking points with a load defined according to the window’s resistance class. The window is required to resist without experiencing severe deformations.

The UNI EN 1628:2021 standard applies to the same product categories as the UNI EN 1627:2021: rotating, overhead, folding, suspended up or down, roto-translating, horizontally or vertically sliding, fixed and rolling doors.

UNI EN 1629:2021: to determine the resistance of windows and doors to dynamic loads

The UNI EN 1629:2021 standard defines the test method for determining the resistance of burglar-proof windows and doors to dynamic loads. In this sense, remember that the dynamic load stress test requires weight to impact against the double glazing and the central upright of the window. Also, the height from which the weight is released is always determined by the security class you intend to achieve.

To successfully pass the test, the window must not have any removed or detached parts and, in the case of the production of openings, these must not allow the shapes required by law to pass through. The types of fixtures that can be subjected to this test are the same as those we listed previously.

UNI EN 1630:2021: to determine the resistance of windows and doors to manual break-in action

The latest reference standard for security doors and windows is UNI EN 1630:2021, which specifically defines the test method to determine the product’s resistance to manual break-in attempt.

UNI EN 1630:2021 refers to a test that consists of attacking the window with a well-defined set of tools and for a set time based on the anti-burglary class the window intends to achieve.

The test also includes a preliminary attack test on the sample, previously tested with static and dynamic load tests.

GINKO: a complete range of innovative and aesthetically unsurpassed burglar-proof windows and doors

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The GINKO catalog includes armored shutters and windows, sliding burglar-proof windows, security doors and even bulletproof doors and windows: a complete range of solutions to satisfy the most challenging security needs of every type of space, from homes to sensitive places such as embassies, military complexes or banks.

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Contact GINKO specialists for advice and support on the most suitable burglar-proof windows and doors for your spaces.