Secured by Design

(26 Apartments or More)

What are the Secured by Design requirements for buildings with 26 apartments or more?

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

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Secured by Design

(26 Apartments or More)

What are the Secured by Design requirements for buildings with 26 apartments or more?

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

Get Started
View Homes Guide
Get Started
View Homes Guide

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 26 apartments or more 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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Product Standards vs Guidelines

Before getting into the Secured by Design requirements for buildings with 26 apartments or more 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.

View Homes Guide

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 26 apartments or more, there is only 1 product standard you need to know…

All Door Entry & Access Control systems that are installed on a building with 26 apartments or more, must comply with UL293.

This means that you must be installing Door Entry & Access Control products that are UL293 Certified – but what is UL293 Certification?

UL293 is the highest Access Control product standard, that is designed specifically for use in the UK.

For a product to achieve UL293, it has to be independently electronically & mechanically tested by UL.

UL293 – The Required Product Standard

UL293 is the highest level of accreditation for Door Entry & Access Control products, in the UK.

Once a product is UL293 Certified, it’s Secured by Design accredited, wherever it’s 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 26 apartments or more, there is only 1 product standard you need to know…

All Door Entry & Access Control systems that are installed on a building with 26 apartments or more, must comply with UL293.

This means that you must be installing Door Entry & Access Control products that are UL293 Certified – but what is UL293 Certification?

UL293 is the highest Access Control product standard, that is designed specifically for use in the UK.

For a product to achieve UL293, it has to be independently electronically & mechanically tested by UL.

UL293 – The Required Product Standard

UL293 is the highest level of accreditation for Door Entry & Access Control products, in the UK.

Once a product is UL293 Certified, it’s Secured by Design accredited, wherever it’s 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 26 apartments or more, have been taken directly from the 2024 Secured by Design Homes Guide.

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 26 apartments or more, have been taken directly from the 2024 Secured by Design Homes Guide.

Section

Guideline

Compliance

29.30

Larger developments containing more than 26 flats, apartments, bedsits or bedrooms shall have a visitor door entry system and access control system. The technology by which the access control system operates in outlined within UL293, however it must 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.
  • Capture (record) images in colour of people using the door entry panel and store for those for at least 30 days.
  • All visitor and resident activity on the visitor door entry system should be recorded and stored for at least 30 days.
  • 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.
  • Systems must comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the Information Commissioner’s Office.

29.31

  • SBD recommends the use of colour monitors to enable the occupier of the dwelling or bedroom with  the identification of visitors or to assist the occupier to accurately describe the colour of clothing tothe police of the perpetrators of antisocial behaviour or those otherwise misusing the system.

29.34

  • 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.

29.35

  • 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

29.36

Secured by Design seeks to prevent unlawful free movement throughout the building through the use of an access control system. How this is achieved is a matter for the specifier, the following two methods are acceptable:

1. Lift and stairwell access controlled separately:

To prevent the lift and stairwell providing unrestricted access onto a residential landing, each resident should be assigned access to their floor only via the use of a security encrypted electronic key (e.g. fob, card, mobile device, key etc.) both on the stairwell/landing door and lift.

Access to stairwells from the communal lobby should be restricted to residents to reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour or criminal activities.

Unrestricted egress from a landing into the stairwell and from the stairwell to the communal lobby/emergency fire exit should be provided at all times

2. Lift and stairwell access jointly controlled via an additional secure doorset:

An additional secure doorset prevents access to each landing from both the lift and stairwell. Each resident should be assigned access to their floor only via the use of a security encrypted electronic key (e.g. fob, card, mobile device, key etc.) for this doorset.

Access to stairwells from the communal lobby should be restricted to residents to reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour or criminal activities.

Unrestricted egress from a landing into the stairwell and from the stairwell to the
communal lobby/emergency fire exit should be provided at all times.

35.4

  • In buildings with 26 apartments or more, all access control systems shall company with UL293.

Lift Destination Control

One way to prevent unlawful free movement throughout a building (section 29.36) is to compartmentalise the building through visitor & resident lift destination control.

Lift Destination Control prevents unauthorised visitors & residents from accessing specific floors of a building, through limiting the floors that they have access to when using the lift.

Find out how this works in the video across.

Lift Destination Control

One way to prevent unlawful free movement throughout a building (section 29.36) is to compartmentalise the building through visitor & resident lift destination control.

Lift Destination Control prevents unauthorised visitors & residents from accessing specific floors of a building, through limiting the floors that they have access to when using the lift.

Find out how this works in the video above.

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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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