Secured by Design

(25 Apartments or Less)

What are the Secured by Design requirements for buildings with 25 apartments or less?

The 2024 Secured by Design Homes Guide outlines the product standards & guidelines that you need to follow.

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Secured by Design

(25 Apartments or Less)

What are the Secured by Design requirements for buildings with 25 apartments or less?

The 2024 Secured by Design Homes Guide outlines the product standards & guidelines that you need to follow.

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View Homes Guide
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Secured by Design is the official police security initiative that works to improve the security of buildings & their surroundings by ‘designing out crime’.

To achieve this, Secured by Design produce the ‘Homes Guide’, which advises all those engaged in the specification, design & build of new homes, about how to adopt crime prevention measures, at every stage of a development.

For Door Entry & Access Control, the Homes Guide makes 2 distinctions that you need to understand, these being product standards & guidelines.

Secured by Design is the official police security initiative that works to improve the security of buildings & their surroundings by ‘designing out crime’.

To achieve this, Secured by Design produce the ‘Homes Guide’, which advises all those engaged in the specification, design & build of new homes, about how to adopt crime prevention measures, at every stage of a development.

For Door Entry & Access Control, the Homes Guide makes 2 distinctions that you need to understand, these being product standards & guidelines.

Product Standards vs Guidelines

Before getting into the Secured by Design requirements for buildings with 25 apartments or less, you first need to understand the distinction between Product Standards & Guidelines.

Product Standards

Product Standards are specific benchmarks or accreditations that products must meet, or have achieved, to be Secured by Design accredited (e.g. UL293 Certification)

Guidelines

Guidelines outline specific features, configuration procedures & install locations for these accredited products, so the building can achieve Secured by Design sign off.

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What are the Product Standards?

Product standards are specific benchmarks or accreditations that products must either meet, or have achieved, to be Secured by Design accredited.

For buildings with 25 apartments or less, there are 2 product standards that you need to know…

For telephone & IP based Door Entry & Access Control systems, all systems must comply with UL293.

This means that you must be using products that are UL293 Certified – find out more in the video across.

For all other systems, you can use products that have been tested as part of an LPS1175 doorset, however, these products are only accredited when installed in the exact doorset they were tested in.

If an LPS1175 accredited product is not installed in the doorset it was tested in (i.e. in a wall), then it’s not Secured by Design accredited.

UL293 – The Preferred Product Standard

This is why UL293 Certified products are preferred for all systems, as UL293 both tests the products to a higher standard than LPS1175 & it also accredits the product individually, not just as part of a doorset.

This means that UL293 Certified products are Secured by Design accredited, wherever they’re installed on a building.

We have 8 UL293 Certified Door Entry & Access Control Products – the most in the industry.

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What are the Product Standards?

Product standards are specific benchmarks or accreditations that products must either meet, or have achieved, to be Secured by Design accredited.

For buildings with 25 apartments or less, there are 2 product standards that you need to know…

For telephone & IP based Door Entry & Access Control systems, all systems must comply with UL293.

This means that you must be using products that are UL293 Certified – find out more in the video above.

For all other systems, you can use products that have been tested as part of an LPS1175 doorset, however, these products are only accredited when installed in the exact doorset they were tested in.

If an LPS1175 accredited product is not installed in the doorset it was tested in (i.e. in a wall), then it’s not Secured by Design accredited.

UL293 – The Preferred Product Standard

This is why UL293 Certified products are preferred for all systems, as UL293 both tests the products to a higher standard than LPS1175 & it also accredits the product individually, not just as part of a doorset.

This means that UL293 Certified products are Secured by Design accredited, wherever they’re installed on a building.

We have 8 UL293 Certified Door Entry & Access Control Products – the most in the industry.

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What are the Guidelines?

Guidelines outline specific features, configuration procedures & install locations for accredited products, so the building can achieve Secured by Design sign off.

The guidelines below, for buildings with 25 apartments or less, have been taken directly from the 2024 Secured by Design Homes Guide.

Section

Guideline

Compliance

29.25

Smaller developments containing 25 or less, apartments, bedsits or bedrooms shall have a visitor door entry system and access control system. The technology by which the visitor door entry system operates is a matter of consumer choice, however it should provide the following attributes:

  • Access to the building via the use of a security encrypted electronic key (e.g. fob, card,
    mobile device, etc).
  • Vandal resistant external door entry panel with a linked camera.
  • Ability to release the primary entrance doorset from the dwelling or bedroom, if the building is not permanently managed by staff.
  • Live audio and visual communication between the occupant and the visitor.
  • Ability to recover from power failure instantaneously.
  • Unrestricted egress from the building in the event of an emergency or power failure.
  • Control equipment to be located in a secure area within the premises covered by the CCTV  system and contained in a lockable steel cabinet to LPS 1175 Issue 7 Security Rating 1+ or STS 205 Issue 7 Burglary Resistance BR1, or above.

29.26

  • Developers and installers of visitor door entry systems and access control systems should be aware that UL293 provides reassurance that a system has been assessed against a prescribed security test regime.

29.27

  • Meet and greet is not SBD compliant in these circumstances. Occupants of dwellings should be able to allow visitors access remotely at all restricted communal points on the designed route to their dwelling thereby meeting the requirements of Section 29. This includes lift controls that form part of the security compartmentation.

29.28

  • Tradesperson or timed-release mechanisms are not permitted as they have been proven to be the cause of anti-social behaviour and unlawful access to communal developments.

35.4

  • For Telephone & Internet Protocol based access control/visitor door entry systems – all access control systems shall company with UL293.

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Our projects team have worked on numerous Secured by Design projects, nationwide. From small apartment blocks, to large residential complexes, we’ve worked on them all.

Get started today, to discuss your project with the team, and we’ll be happy to advise you on how to make your project compliant with the latest Secured by Design guidelines.

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Ready to Get Started?

Our projects team have worked on numerous Secured by Design projects, nationwide. From small apartment blocks, to large residential complexes, we’ve worked on them all.

Get started today, to discuss your project with the team, and we’ll be happy to advise you on creating a Secured by Design compliant access strategy.

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