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CE Marking with the Oracle


The Oracle has built in templates and guides designed for window installers and fabricators. In most cases there are just five steps to achieving a CE Mark but if you need additional advice Build Check Ltd are on hand for testing and verification of reports. And because Build Check are a Notified Body we can carry out Initial Type Testing (ITT) for CE Marking.

5 steps to CE Marking using the Oracle:

1. Create your Quality Control System (FCP)

  Use the simple Oracle Factory Production Control (FCP) template and Guide.

2. Check the U Value of your Window or Door set.

 Check the thermal performance of your windows & door sets with the Oracle U Value Calculator

3. Make sure your Products have Intial Type Testing

 Follow the Oracle CE Mark check list to ensure your products have vaild Initial Type Testing (TT).

4. Complete a Declaration of Performance for your products

 Use the Straight forward Oracle Delcaration of Performance (DOP) template and guide.

5. Apply a CE Mark to your products 

 Use the Oracle CE Mark template and guide.

 

Factory Production Control

The Oracle contains Factory Production Control (FPC) Guidance Templates for The Oracle subscribers to download. The FPC templates include guidance information for BFRC, BS EN 14351, BS EN 1279 and BS EN 12150. These easy to use templates and guides will enable you to set up your own FPC systems which are required by many Product Certification Schemes and for CE Mark compliance.

FPC guidance templates can reduce cost

The templates will enable the subscriber to create their own FPC documents without the need for expensive consultants input. No-one knows your business like you! Many consultants start with a template and then ask you how your business works!

FAQs
CE Marking: Can I use cascaded test data?
It’s a question that many companies ask when completing the CE marking process: “Can I use cascaded data?”. The short answer is “Yes”. The longer and more accurate answer is “Yes, but only if you use it in an appropriate way”. This is because, while cascaded data is a key part of the CE marking process, it must be used with appropriate consideration to ensure that you stay within the law. In essence, you can transfer CE marking Initial Type Test results for CE marked components if you use exactly the same specification. If you do cascade data in this way, you must make sure you formalise it with a contract between your company and the other company. If you do use cascaded data, make sure that you don’t rely solely on certificates provided by manufacturers. Because transferring certificates does not actually mean that your product automatically has a CE mark, you may believe you are covered for CE mark requirements when you’re not. You can’t use cascaded data if you change the specification of the product. Once this happens, you must be sure to document any changes you make. If you’d like more information about cascaded data or any other aspect of CE marking, please contact Build Check on 01494 452713 or by email at: info@buildcheck.co.uk
Do Heritage windows need CE marks?
The question of CE marking wooden or metal windows and doors in the Heritage sector has caused considerable confusion. To date, the issue has not yet gone to court, but our view, based on our knowledge of the industry, is that companies seeking exemptions could end up breaking the law. In addition, while the risks of not meeting CE marking requirements are high, the costs of doing so are minimal and the advantages significant. The argument against CE marking for Heritage windows is the view that U-values for historic buildings do not need to be disclosed. However, it is likely that U-value will still be required to demonstrate performance. As soon as a U-value is stated for a product, it should form part of your CE mark Declaration of Performance – whatever the value. With the risks of failing to meet CE marking laws including fines and/or imprisonment and the costs and time involved in compliance being minimal, our view is that the best course of action for the historic and traditional building sector is to comply with the law. To enable companies to achieve and maintain CE mark status, we have created The Oracle. This is a complete online hub which gives fabricators and installers a fast and easy way to comply with the new CE marking legislation and Building Regulations Part L. Click here to learn more about The Oracle. If you’d like more information about any aspect of CE marking for Heritage windows, please contact Build Check on 01494 452713 or by email at: info@buildcheck.co.uk
CE Marking terms explained
Cascaded data: this refers to the transfer of Initial Type Test results for CE marked components as supporting evidence of CE Marked windows or doors. Cascading or transferring data can be beneficial for companies in the supply chain because it reduces the financial and administrative burden of meeting CE standards. However, it does come with some associated risks. CE Mark: the symbol showing that a product has been tested and proven to meet European Union CE marking requirements. Since July 2013, it has been a legal requirement for external windows and doorsets to have a CE mark. Declaration of Performance: the penultimate stage of the CE marking process, this is a certificate which specifies how your product will perform. It also lists all the data for the Initial Type Testing of your products or components and the performance details of your product: Factory Production Control: a documented quality system which allows you to monitor, document and demonstrate that you are meeting all the processes involved in creating or installing an appropriately CE marked product. It is essential to keep your FPC document continually up to date and available for inspection. Initial Type Testing (ITT): a crucial part of the CE marking process, ITT results demonstrate the performance of a specific product or component. UKAS Notified Body: an organisation that the national governments of the EU member states have designated as being competent to make independent judgments about whether a product complies with the requirements set by each CE marking directive. If you would like more information about CE marking, please contact Build Check on 01494 452713 or by email at: info@buildcheck.co.uk
Can I use CE Mark test results from my supplier?
In the CE marking process, you can use test results from your supplier – as long as you follow the appropriate steps. This is known as using cascaded data. When you use cascaded data, you are transferring CE marking Initial Type Test results for CE marked components. Transferring data in this way does come with some associated risks, but it can be beneficial for companies in the supply chain because it reduces the financial and administrative burden of meeting CE standards. You can use test results from your supplier if you: Use exactly the same specification as that provided by your supplier Make sure to formalise the movement of data with a contract between your company and the other company Do not rely solely on certificates provided by manufacturers. Because transferring certificates does not actually mean that your product automatically has a CE mark, you may believe you are covered for CE mark requirements when you’re not. If you’d like more information about cascaded data or any other aspect of CE marking, please contact Build Check on 01494 452713 or by email at: info@buildcheck.co.uk
How many CE Marks do I need?
The CE Marking process is all about ensuring quality, but it also brings up questions about quantity. One question we often hear from installers and fabricators is whether they need just one CE mark for all their products or one CE Mark per product. In essence, every product requires its own CE Mark. It is important to be aware that the Declaration of Performance (DoP) operates on a worst case scenario. But this means that many companies may only require one CE Mark for each of the windows and door types that they sell. However if you promote that a window or door has a specific characteristic you must have the Declaration of Performance and supporting evidence for the CE Mark. For example: If you advertise that your window is A rated you must have a Declaration of Performance that states that this product is A rated and also provide the Initial Type Test data for the required thermal performance and supporting evidence including the glass unit specification for the A rated window specification. One key reminder for companies looking at this issue is that you must make your CE Mark and any associated technical information accessible available within the public domain, for example on your website or on information which goes out with the product. Build Check Publications can assist you with storing CE Mark documents. To make this and the rest of the CE Marking process easier, we have created the Oracle, an online resource which provides the latest CE Marking updates, downloads and interactive calculation tools. Click here to find out more. For more help and support on CE Marking for your products, please contact Build Check on 01494 452713 or by email at: info@buildcheck.co.uk
Do timber windows need CE Marking?
The requirement to CE mark external timber windows and doors became mandatory on 1st July 2013. This means that if you make or install timber windows, you need to ensure that they meet CE marking standards. While the process may initially seem a little daunting, it is more straightforward than you might think, with the help of some key resources Build Check Publications has developed the Oracle, an online hub which provides a simple five step process to enable companies to comply with CE marking regulations. These cover: a written Factory Production Control system, thermal transmittance (U-values), Initial Type Testing, Declaration of Performance and CE mark labelling. The Oracle helps companies to achieve and maintain CE marked status from under £4 a week. It also provides quick and easy to use U-value calculator and acoustic calculator. Click here to learn more about how the Oracle can help you achieve a CE mark for wooden windows and other products. If you would like more information about the CE marking process, please contact Build Check on 01494 452713 or by email at: info@buildcheck.co.uk
How can I store CE marking data legally?
Providing access to your CE marking data is just as important as completing the CE marking process itself. Your CE marked product data is provided in your Declaration of Performance (DoP). A DoP is a certificate which specifies how your product will perform. It also lists all the data for the Initial Type Testing of your products or components. You are required to make your DoP (and associated technical information) accessible within the public domain, for example on your website. This means you must make it clear where your DoP is stored. Your product label should have a label either on it or on its packaging which contains the CE mark logo and a number that identifies its corresponding DoP. One way of showing how people can access your CE marking data is by including a QR code on your product information. It is important to be aware that because it is a legal document, the person who signs a DoP accepts liability for the accuracy of all the information it contains. Subscribers to The Oracle can even store all their company information and Declaration of Performances for their CE Marked products on their own dedicated page of the website, keeping them in the public domain in accordance with the regulation. If you would like more information about DoPs, please contact Build Check on 01494 452713 or by email at: info@buildcheck.co.uk
How do I work out an acoustic calculation?
As an installer or fabricator, you will already appreciate the importance of accurate, industry standard acoustic calculations for your product. As well as being an essential aspect of achieving your CE mark, it is also vital product information in and of itself. The traditional way to work out the acoustic calculations of a product is to go through acoustic labelling tests in a laboratory setting. This can provide the required information, but can also be time consuming and costly. A new option for gaining accurate information about the acoustic performance of a product is to use the acoustic calculator on The Oracle, an online hub created to give fabricators and installers a fast and easy way to comply with the new CE marking legislation and Building Regulations Part L. The calculator enables subscribers to quickly calculate the acoustic performance of a range of frame and glazing options meaning there is no need, in most cases, to undertake acoustic testing in a laboratory. Subscribers can then have the calculations verified with a report from a accredited UKAS notified body such as Build Check. If you would like more information about The Oracle, please click here. For advice on any aspect of the CE marking process, please contact Build Check on 01494 452713 or by email at: info@buildcheck.co.uk
How do I calculate a window U-value?
The U-value of a product provides vital information about a product’s heat loss and overall heat transfer performance. Getting your product’s U-value right is an important part of successfully achieving your CE Mark, but it can be a complex process. At Build Check Publications, we have developed the Oracle U-value calculator which subscribing members can use to quickly and easily calculate their own U-values for windows and doors to demonstrate Part L compliance. The Oracle U-value calculator can also help companies identify the right glass and frame combination for their Window Energy Ratings. The calculator is pre-loaded with product data for many popular window and door set suites from major PVCu window system companies and composite door system manufacturers. Calculations from the Oracle online U-value calculator are recognised by FENSA and Certass for their competent person schemes. Because we are accredited by UKAS, the calculator provides U-value information to the required industry standard. For more information about The Oracle, please click here. If you would like support with completing the CE Marking process, please contact Build Check on 01494 452713 or by email at: info@buildcheck.co.uk
What does an Annual Oracle subscription include?
For £300+VAT, The Annual Oracle subscription includes • Unlimited Access to Both the U-Value and Acoustic Calculators • A Private dedicated section to store your product Calculations • And all of our Guides and Templates for completing your own CE Marking.