Building Regulation Act 38/1999, dated 5 November

This is the fundamental pillar of the building process. Act 38/1999 establishes the basic requirements for buildings and updates and completes the legal configuration of the agents involved in the building process, fixing their obligations and establishing their responsibilities. In terms of user protection, this Act establishes guarantees (ranging from 10 years to 1 year) for flaws or defects covering the different elements of the construction of a building.

Technical Building Code

Royal Decree 314/2006, dated 17 March, approved the Technical Construction Code (CTE): The CTE is the regulatory framework establishing and developing the basic quality requirements for buildings and their facilities, making it possible to show that the basic building requirements have been met.

The CTE is divided into six basic documents (BD). Windows come in the “Energy Savings” BD, Section HE1: “Limiting demand for energy”; which makes clear the important role of windows as a thermal (heat/cold) barrier in heating/cooling the building and their contribution to reducing the associated cost.Royal Decree 1371 /2007 dated 19 October, introduced amendments to make the application of the CTE clearer and more precise regarding windows.
For further information you can consult this pdf file created by Veka.

CE Marking

Since 1 February 2010, windows cannot be sold without the compulsory CE mark. The CE mark is compulsory for all window manufacturers and workshops, which will be responsible for putting it on. They must sell all their windows and doors with the CE mark. This affects the finished product, but not installation. It represents the minimum safety level that must be reached to be able to sell the finished product and it guarantees that essential safety requirements are met.
The CE mark is regulated in the UNE EN 14351-1:2006 standard, which is the harmonised European standard for windows and external pedestrian doors. In this country this standard is complemented and clarified by the Ministry of Industry Circular of September 2008. FENSTER has the CE Marking.

Construction Sector Subcontracting Act 32/2006, dated 18 October

Act 32/2006 establishes responsibility, largely in employment terms, assumed by the contractor/builder for the companies and self-employed people it subcontracts when carrying out work. Based on this Act, the Register of Accredited Companies has been set up, responsible to the Ministry of Employment. Entry in this register proves that the subcontracting company meets the requirements of capability and quality concerning workplace risk prevention. FENSTER is a company entered in the Register of Accredited Companies.

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