Roller shutters and awnings

Statutory and normative environment

The closure market is bound by a lot of regulations and standardizations in order to offer to customers reliable, resistant and robust products which allow a safety use.
The regulatory and normative framework for the closure market principally consists of:

1. Regulations
- European directives
- Thermal regulation or RT 2000
- Electrical regulations

2. European standards

3. Quality labels

 

Regulations

— European directives:

The following directives apply to closure mechanisms:

- the “Building Materials” Directive
Specifies requirements relating to wind resistance, which also figure in standard EN13659 "Locking
mechanisms for openings fitted with windows".

- the “machines” Directive
Motorised closures come under the "machines" directive, which specifies the criteria for meeting
health and safety requirements.

- the low-voltage Directive relative to electrical equipment
Relative to electrical equipment having an AC voltage rating of between 50 and 1000 Volts. Compliance with the particular rules governing automatic shutters and similar roller equipment suffices to achieve compliance with the low voltage requirements.

- the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive
Relative to electrical and electronic components likely to cause or whose operation may be affected by electromagnetic interferences.

- the radio and communications terminal Directive
Relative to the distribution and use of radio frequencies.

The CE marking indicates that the product complies with all the relevant European directives. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer, to certify that his product's characteristics meet the requirements of the applicable directives.

— Thermal regulations (RT 2000)

The new regulations must be applied to any new residential buildings whose building permits as dated after 1st June 2001. RT 2000 recognizes the heat supplied by a closure system. The manufacturer must be able to state the temperature stability of the closure systems he manufactures.

 

The European standards

 The main standards governing closure concern:

- the terminology and definition of terms used in standards
- performance requirements for locking systems:
- wind resistance of the panel
- operating force for manual controls
- resistance of operating controls in the event of mistakes
- durability of the entire locking system
- user safety
- usability of actuators and mechanical movements
- the definition of tests vouching for the aforesaid performance criteria
- specific characteristics: resistance to breaking and entering, acoustic insulation and heat supply for instance.

 

Conformity labels

Labels vouch for the conformity of motorized mechanisms systems with the Low Voltage Directive including references to the applicable harmonized standards EN 60 335-1 and –2-97. The latter guarantee the quality of geared motors, more specifically the dielectric characteristics, power consumption and stator heating.

 

The main stamps:

This document, drafted for information purposes, lists and explains only part of the regulatory and normative framework applying to closures.

Useful addresses:
- AFNOR http: //www.afnor.fr

- CSTB http: //www.cstb.fr

- VDE http: //www.vde.com

- CEBEC http: //www.cebec.be

- KEMA http: //www.kema.com

- IMQ http: //www.imq.it

- SNFPSA http: //www.snfpsa.ffbatiment.fr