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SAFETY & SECURITY 63


PUT SAFETY FIRST WITH FIRE DOORS


Scott Francis of Bowater Doors explores the standards and accreditations housebuilders should consider when looking for a composite fire door.


manufacturers, installers and so called ‘experts’ making contradictory claims and quoting different standards. So how do you decipher this information and what should you look for when choosing a fire door, especially composite doorsets?


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BS EN 1634 BS EN 1634 is the latest standard for fire resistance and smoke control, and is accepted in Approved Document B, the fire safety element of the Building Regulations in England. EN 1634 is a far more demanding test


in comparison to the old BS 476 standard. This is particularly in reference to the requirement to expose both sides of the door to the fire combined with the increased level of pressure and heat in the furnace. When looking for composite fire doorsets, choosing a model tested to EN


hoosing fire doors can be a confusing and frustrating process. The internet is awash with


1634 will ensure you are specifying the most up to date standard that complies with the current Building Regulations.


Q-MARK CERTIFICATIONS BM TRADA is a UKAS-accredited certification body which provides independent third party certification fire services for the manufacture, installation and maintenance of fire doors. The Q Mark scheme aims to raise the ongoing standards throughout the lifetime of a fire door to ensure quality and fire resistant performance are consistent. Manufacturers signing up to Q Mark


certifications are subjected to a rigorous testing and audit process. This is to ensure that they have documented product specifications, installation instructions and a factory production control system, all of which integrate into a Quality Management Scheme such as ISO 9001. This initial audit is then followed by subsequent periodic checks to


ensure that standards and quality are maintained consistently throughout the manufacturing process. For reassurance and peace of mind,


specifiers and buyers should look for Q Mark accredited fire door manufacturers who have committed to improving the quality of fire doors with regular third party audits, ongoing test evidence, consistent quality, and compliance.


INSTALLATION A poorly installed fire door will not save lives. The installation of the doorset is equally as important as the stringent testing and manufacturing process. Manufacturers must supply fitting


instructions for each fire doorset, however the housebuilder must ensure that they are fitted correctly. As such, it is recommended that the installer should be a member of the Q Mark fire door installation scheme to ensure compliance throughout the supply and installation of the product.


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