What is a FENSA Certificate? And why you need one when replacing your windows

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Exactly what is a FENSA certificate and is this something you need to obtain when building or renovating a house?

FENSA stands for 'The Fenestration Self Assessment Scheme' and is something that was started by the government when they initiated the updated Building Regulations for double glazing in 2002. The regs cover replacement windows and no matter what new window styles you are considering, you should make yourself familiar with them and what they mean for you. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.