Vision panels.

Vision Panel Sizes and Positions (Doc M and BS8300)

Door leaves and side panels that are in excess of 450mm wide must be provided with viewing panels giving a zone of visibility between 500mm and 1500mm from floor level (as illustrated below). The vision panel may be a single panel or may be interrupted between 800mm and 1150mm to accommodate a horizontal mid rail if necessary.

The requirement applies to all entrance doors and to those internal doors where vision is appropriate. Vision panels may be reduced in size or omitted on internal doors where privacy, light control or security is a requirement on sanitary accommodation, changing rooms or cinemas and auditoria for example.


Please note, where single swing double doorsets with unequal leaves are used across a 1500mm wide corridor, the smaller leaf will be in excess of 450mm and so vision panels will be required. In practice vision panel options are determined, and may come into conflict with, current fire certification.

To aid visibility for ambulant users we recommend extended vision panels above the 1500mm height.

Visibility requirement for doors under the equality act (part M, BS8300).

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Glazing.



Glazing has a major impact on fire performance and limitations are identified in the Building Regulations. Aperture shape and position, glazed area, style of bead and type of glass all influence fire performance, as well as appearance. The most commonly used aperture configurations, all available with fire certification up to 60 minutes, are shown in vision panel styles.

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Vision panel styles.



The most popular vision panel styles are shown here, although
other designs can be accommodated. All aperture dimensions shown are cut-out sizes and the appropriate margin should be deducted to give the clear view size. A selection of glazing systems is available to suit styles as shown

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Vision panel styles.



The most popular vision panel styles are shown here, although
other designs can be accommodated. All aperture dimensions shown are cut-out sizes and the appropriate margin should be deducted to give the clear view size. A selection of glazing systems is available to suit styles as shown

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Non-standard vision panels.



Other types of apertures are possible subject to the minimum margins shown below, which relate to flush doors only. For partially glazed 90 and 120 minute doorsets, 125mm indicated margins must be increased to 150mm.
                
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